Seat has successfully jazzed up the standard Ibiza’s cabin for the Cupra, the most obvious upgrades being the large sports seats and chunky, flat-bottomed leather steering wheel. The aluminium pedals and wheel-mounted paddles are likeable additions that enhance the cabin’s appeal. Add the solid-feeling build quality, minimalist switchgear and broad range of seat adjustment and the Ibiza’s cabin is one of the most user-friendly in its class. 

Finding a comfortable driving position is easy, because the very supportive sports seats are height adjustable and the steering wheel adjusts for both rake and reach. Our test car came with optional £800 leather seats, which are expensive but are preferable to the cheap-feeling standard material.

Finding a comfortable driving position is easy

A lack of any seatbelt adjustment is the biggest issue with the driving position. Otherwise the cabin is largely unchanged over other Ibizas.

The only obvious signs of cost-cutting are a few hard plastics and the cheap mechanism that tips the rear seat bases forward, which you must do if you want to fold the 60/40 split seat backs flat. The boot is a little smaller than that of its obvious rivals, but adequate; even the Fiesta’s best-in-class figure of 295 litres is only 11 litres more than the Ibiza can muster. 

Rear passengers will feel more claustrophobic in the Cupra than in a standard Ibiza Sport Coupé due to the large front seats, but it is still possible to seat four adults in relative comfort.

On the equipment front, the Cupra comes with all the equipment found on the standard FR Technology trimmed Ibiza, plus the addition of adaptive bi-xenon headlights, an aggressive body and exhaust system, sports seats and climate control. Upgrade to the Black Edition and you get the full Seat multimedia experience including sat nav, DAB radio and smartphone integration.

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