What is it?
This is the three-door version of the new Seat Ibiza supermini, although the company prefers us to call it SportCoupe. The new Ibiza SportCoupe is a handsome design, much sportier-looking than its predecessor and in the mould of the shapely Vauxhall Corsa three-door.
The Luc Donckerwolke (ex-Skoda, Lamborghini) sheet metal is very well resolved with sharp creases on the flanks and gaping air vents in the nose making the Ibiza SportCoupe one of the best-looking superminis.
All the sheet metal aft of the B-pillar is new, including the roof and hatchback, whose rear screen is deepened to improve rearward visibility.
Inside is an attractive, quality fascia with a sporty twin-cowl instrument pack, supportive seats and a comfortable driving position. Rear headroom is a bit tight for six-footers, but otherwise room in the back is similar to the rest of the competition.
Underneath is strut/torsion beam suspension typical of the segment and electro-hydraulic steering.
At launch this autumn, the engines will be cooking petrols – a 102bhp 1.6, 83bhp 1.4 and 68bhp three-cylinder 1.2-litre unit. Diesels don’t arrive until early next year.