Although it’ll garner much of the showroom attention, it is probably worth dwelling on the Ibiza’s styling least of all; not because it’s poor but because, by now, the Leon’s edgy collection of stylised creases and triangular motifs is a known and much admired quantity.
Instead, it is the five-door supermini’s new proportions that turn the neatest trick.
The previous model’s somewhat awkward, skinny stance has been superseded by an 87mm increase in width courtesy of the MQB A0’s larger size. The platform brings with it an additional 60mm of wheelbase length, too – although in total the car is 2mm shorter than its predecessor.
You’d swear it was lower (in fact, it is: by a single millimetre) but, of course, that’s just the better visual balance playing out. Among superminis, arguably the Ford Fiesta alone conveys a more appealing sense of stationary poise.
Enhanced size is not the only benefit of the new architecture. It is stiffer by around one-third compared with the old PQ25 platform. Although Seat makes no great boast about a reduction in weight, the Ibiza remains pleasingly trim, at 1047kg, despite its increase in scale.
Doubtless, this is helped by the (initially exclusive) deployment of three-pot petrol engines in the nose. The entry-level unit, the 74bhp 1.0-litre MPI, is carried over from the Seat Mii.