What is it?
This is the new Seat Ibiza Cupra, complete with 178bhp 1.4 TSI engine and seven-speed double-clutch gearbox as standard.
Here we’re also testing the Cupra complete with its striking Bocanegra style-kit that includes the black grille, unique 17-inch alloy design, a sunroof and a variety of interior styling tweaks.
What’s it like?
The Ibiza Cupra is an easy car to like but in essence lacks the flair you would expect of the hottest small Seat.
It’s rare that you can criticise a car for being too composed or over-engineered, but drive the new Cupra in virtually any situation and the overwhelming impression is one of comfort, composure and a relative lack of encouragement when it comes to the moment you want to explore the Cupra in your Ibiza.
That’s not to say that this isn’t a competent performance hatch. The 1.4 TSI engine is free-revving and endows the Ibiza with ample pace and acceleration, and the DSG box does an excellent job of swapping cogs smoothly.