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.
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.
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.