SEAT

SEAT IBIZA HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 110 FR [EZ] 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2124 g/km

This fifth generation version of SEAT's Ibiza supermini offers small car buyers a smarter set of more eco-conscious hi-tech talents. It'll need them if it's to distance itself from its Volkswagen and Skoda design stablemates and continue as a credible alternative in this tightly fought segment.

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SEAT's Ibiza has upped its game in fifth generation form, with smarter looks, more equipment, cleaner engines and extra technology. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

This fifth generation version of SEAT's Ibiza supermini offers small car buyers a smarter set of more eco-conscious hi-tech talents. It'll need them if it's to distance itself from its Volkswagen and Skoda design stablemates and continue as a credible alternative in this tightly fought segment.

Background

'Enjoyneering'. It's one of those marketing words of course, but it's also a rather apt description of what Spanish maker SEAT sets out to create when it brings us a small car. Something beautifully engineered: but with a bit of extra Latin sparkle. Something like this, the Iberian brand's much improved fifth generation Ibiza supermini? Perhaps. The 'beautifully engineered' bit isn't difficult to believe. The 'Sociedad Espanola de Automoviles de Turismo' - or 'SEAT' as we better know it - is well used to injecting a little life into the mainstream market. In this case, the Spanish maker's position within the Volkswagen Group means that this car is the first of the conglomerate's supermini models to get the empire's sophisticated MQB platform, something that enables weight savings and the addition of extra electronic features borrowed from larger models. Plus SEAT reckons buyers will really notice the extra personalisation options, the smarter interior and the additional media connectivity incorporated this time round. Will it all be enough to keep this car current against more recent rivals? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

SEAT has had a good look at the engine range. It's nearly all petrol-powered, things kicking off with the old 80PS 1.0 MPI unit at the foot of the range. Try your hardest to ignore this aging unit and graduate instead to the far-preferrable (and more economic) 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder turbo powerplant which produces either 95 or 115PS. The feebler MPI engine gets a five-speed manual gearbox, with a six-speeder used further up the range, where there's also the option of 7-speed DSG auto transmission on the 1.0 TSI 115PS FR model. The diesel alternative is a 1.6-litre TDI unit with 95PS. As for on the road driving dynamics, well SEAT says these have been improved thanks to the adoption of a hi-tech MQB platform that is 30% stiffer. As before, there's an optional 'SEAT Drive Profile' system that offers adaptive damping with two modes - comfort or sports-oriented. The Comfort/Sport selector switch also influences the feeling of the power steering and it'll alter the shift times of the DSG gearbox where automatic transmission has been specified.

Design and Build

The MK5 model version of this SEAT isn't available in three-door form any more, but the Spanish maker says it retains plenty of sporty style potential customers tend to want. From a styling perspective, it's clearly an Ibiza, but one that has undergone a process of evolution, with a so-called 'x-shaped' design that looks more dynamic than before. The front and rear overhangs are very short and at the front of the car, triangular full-LED headlights dominate. The longer wheelbase and window graphics accentuate the size of this model too. Under the skin, the car is based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, which will also be used in next-generation versions of Volkswagen's Polo and Skoda's Fabia. The Ibiza is also bigger this time round, 87mm wider than before, while the 2,564mm distance between the axles represents a 95mm increase. As a result, legroom in the back seats has increased by 35mm, while headroom has increased by 17mm in the back and 24mm in the front. The seats are 42mm wider and the boot area is 63-litres bigger, bringing total capacity up to a class-leading 355-litre figure. The loading height has also been lowered. Other things you'll notice inside include the fact that the controls and instruments are now more driver-orientated and the cabin feels of higher quality, thanks to colour-personalisable LED lighting, an 8-inch centre-dash touchscreen and a 'Full Link' connectivity system.

Market and Model

Prices haven't changed very much, so expect a price span in the £16,000 to £22,000 bracket, which means that, as before, you're getting Volkswagen Polo technology for a significant saving. Only five-door models are on offer and the trim lines run from 'SE' to 'SE Technology', 'FR', 'FR Sport', 'XCELLENCE' and 'XCELLENCE Lux'. As for equipment, well the full-LED headlights are a highlight. Plus most models get 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'/'MirrorLink' 'phone connectivity, plus buyers can specify a premium 8-inch touchscreen and a wireless charger with a GSM amplifier. In addition, there's the chance to add in a thumping 300-watt 'Beats' Audio system with 7 speakers and an 8-channel amplifier. Other features buyers might want include keyless entry with a 'heartbeat' engine start button, front and rear parking sensors and a higher quality rear view camera. 'FR' and 'XCELLENCE' variants get colour-personalisable LED interior lighting too. Safety-wise, there's 'Front Assist' autonomous braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and a 'Traffic Jam Assist' feature that can take over the driving from you at very low traffic jam speed.

Cost of Ownership

Being able to dip into the Volkswagen Group parts bin for the niftiest tech usually means a very low overall cost of ownership and that's certainly the case here. The base 1.0 MPI variant manages up to 52.3mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and 108g/km of NEDC-rated CO2. The 1.0-litre TSI 95PS petrol models are capable of up to 51.4mpg (combined WLTP) and an NEDC CO2 figure of as little as 104g/km - so who needs a diesel? If you do, the 1.6 TDI model figures are up to 57.6mpg and 103g/km. The 1.0 TSI 115PS auto petrol model manages up to 45.6mpg and up to 111g/km. A start/stop system, which switches off the engine when the vehicle is at a standstill, is available on all models. What else? Well there's SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Toyota and Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the SEAT deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance.

Summary

Ibiza's important to Spain - and this one certainly is to SEAT. Over 5.4 million examples of this car have been sold since the original first generation model's introduction back in 1984. If SEAT can promote this fifth generation car properly, then it stands a chance of gaining a place somewhere near the top of the rather over-stuffed shortlists that most browsing supermini buyers will be working through. An inherent product rightness certainly counts in this Ibiza's favour, borne from a real attention to detail that's come through development of this model line over a quarter of a century. In summary, we're looking here at a car that, like its brand, has matured nicely. One mindful of the fact that modernday Spaniards need to balance Latin spirit with sober sense. In this Ibiza, they've a small car that does exactly that.

  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Brilliant black window surrounds

  • Hill hold control
  • Electronic Stability Programme + Emergency Brake Assist
  • Multi-Collision braking
  • Front assist (AEB)
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Rear disc brakes

  • Sports suspension

  • Bluetooth audio streaming with handsfree system

  • SEAT Drive profile
  • Speed limiter
  • Cruise control
  • Power Steering

  • SEAT logo boot release

  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Digital clock
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Seat connect with safety, serivice, remote and online
  • Navigation system with 8" touch screen + proximity sensor, voice control and USB type C sockets

  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Brilliant black door mirrors

  • Radio/MP3 player
  • SD card slot
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) Tuner
  • CD player
  • 6 speakers
  • USB (type C) cable for Apple and Android compatibility

  • Rear spoiler with twin exhausts
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome front grille frame
  • Anti theft roof antenna
  • Exclusive FR rear bumper

  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Front/rear fog lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • Electric headlight adjustment
  • LED headlights with dynamic headlight range control

  • Dual zone climate control with combination filter

  • Leather multifunction flat bottomed steering wheel with FR logo, leather gear knob and handbrake
  • Chrome detailing, pearl grey headlining and leather effect door trim panels
  • Nora cloth upholstery
  • Passenger sunvisor
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Leather dashboard
  • Glovebox
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Gear shift indicator

  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Instrument lighting with brightness control
  • Illuminated boot
  • Front reading lights
  • Front courtesy lights

  • Front side airbags
  • Active front headrests
  • 3 point seatbelts on all 3 rear seats
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
  • Curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation

  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Sports seats
  • Two height adjustable front and rear headrests (three in rear)

  • Perimeter alarm and interior monitoring with backup horn and tow away protection
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Remote central locking + deadlocks
  • Anti theft wheel bolts

  • Driver's sunvisor with ticket holder/vanity mirror

  • 17" Dynamic alloy wheels

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.051
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 120
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 108
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 124

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 76.4
  • CC: 999
  • Engine Code: N

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.1
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 46.3

  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: FR [EZ]
  • Coin Description: TSI 110
  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 95
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 77
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 76
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 60
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 110
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 12E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 110
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.2
  • Top Speed: 121
  • Engine Power - KW: 81
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 148
  • Engine Torque - NM: 200
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 20.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Wheel Style: DYNAMIC
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/45 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1444
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4059
  • Width: 1780
  • Wheelbase: 2564

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1073
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1670
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 355
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 570
  • Max. Loading Weight: 597
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Rear parking sensor: £220

  • Beats audio system with space saver spare wheel and luggage compartment lining: £485

  • Panoramic sunroof: £670
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £0
  • Solid paint: £0

  • Metallic - Urban silver: £0
  • Metallic - Mystery blue: £0
  • Metallic - Midnight black: £0
  • Metallic - Nevada white: £0
  • Metallic - Magnetic grey: £0
  • Metallic - Desire Red: £0

  • Solid - Emocion red: £0

  • Special Solid - White: £0

  • Cloth - Nora Black: £0

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £105

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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