It is to buyers’ benefit that Seat’s pricing is constrained as much by VW’s proximity as the surrounding market.

With the new Polo now above it, the Ibiza is intended to be keenly competitive within the mainstream, making its £13,130 starting price the ballpark from which most supermini ranges start.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Seat’s keen pricing means that the Ibiza’s residuals compare respectably with the Mazda 2’s but not the Mini’s

However, like the majority of its rivals, the entry-level car is a less-than desirable option, its kit paucity compounded by the dull-edge prospect of the turbo-less 74bhp MPI motor.

Realistically, then, the line-up starts at SE with the same 94bhp TSI unit on test for £14,595 – exactly what you’d pay for a 89bhp 1.5-litre Mazda 2 SE-L Nav.

If the absence of navigation is a deal breaker, you’ll have to shell out an extra £660 for the SE Technology trim we drove – the Ibiza that delivers the larger, 8.0in touchscreen (SE having to make do with a 5.0in version).

Given that a five-door Fiesta in Titanium trim with the 99bhp 1.0-litre Ecoboost aboard costs £16,515 and a five-door Mini One £15,250, that feels like solid ground for the mid-level Ibiza.

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The sportier FR, with 113bhp, is similarly well placed versus the five-door Mini Cooper and Fiesta ST-Line.

Emissions and economy are par for the course as well, although the 112g/km and 57.6mpg (combined) claimed for the MPI engine offers an additional reason to avoid it.

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