New SEAT Ibiza: Refreshed and ready for the city

SEAT has updated its iconic small city car, the Ibiza. This update sees a refreshed exterior and undertaking a revolution to the interior, which includes new connected technology and driver assistance systems.

The SEAT Ibiza has been a key pillar of the brands success since it was first introduced in 1984, and after five generations and nearly six million sales, it’s SEAT’s most successful vehicle to ever roll off the production line.

Designed, developed and produced in Barcelona at SEAT’s headquarters in Martorell, the new SEAT Ibiza will enter production in autumn 2021.

Exterior

The SEAT Ibiza is well known for its iconic and youthful design, defined by its perfect proportions. The new model is defined by subtle additions to the aesthetic on the outside, which enhance the already characteristic visual.

Lighting technology is a central part of any vehicle’s ‘face’, and the new SEAT Ibiza now integrates full LED technology as standard. Eco LED lights are standard on SE and SE Technology models, while FR trims upward get full LED technology offering better visibility with lower energy consumption.

The Ibiza’s side profile maintains compact with its short overhangs, with wheels pushed out to the four corners of the vehicle, providing stability and highlighting its dynamic ability. The visual proportion of the vehicle is further accentuated with the introduction of three new wheel designs; two 17” (FR, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux models) and one 18” option (FR Sport). Additionally, there is a 15” alloy and 16” machined alloy wheel available (SE and SE Technology respectively).

Another update new to the updated Ibiza is the model’s name placed on the rear of the vehicle in embossed handwritten lettering. Furthermore, the SEAT logo is finished in two-tone chrome – matte on the front fascia and gloss finish on the borders.

The SEAT Ibiza will now be available in a range of nine colours, including two new finishes: Sapphire Blue and Asphalt Blue.

Interior

The SEAT Ibiza interior represents a design and technology revolution. New materials and technology systems improve its dynamic character with a greater level of perceived quality.

The new floating central infotainment system display is the heartbeat of the digital core. The screen has increased in size by more than 20% compared to its predecessor. The standard screen is now 8.25” (SE trim), with the larger 9.2” screen on SE Technology models and above. In addition to this, its higher position in the cabin, at the drivers eye line, improves its ergonomics and ensures it’s safer to operate when out on a journey.

A high resolution 10.25” Digital Cockpit (driver binnacle) on FR Sport and Xcellence Lux models lift the Ibiza’s interior into the digital age.

Improvements to the cabin have been made throughout, highlighted by the completely new soft dashboard, and new ergonomic multifunction Nappa leather steering wheel, both of which deliver a greater level refinement.

The use of lighting technology adds to the Ibiza’s personality. The driver and passenger air vents have been redesigned and the surrounds now illuminate in Honey (SE trim), Daring Red (FR) and Burgundy (Xcellence).

Boot space capacity remains at 355 litres, making it one of the best in it’s class, and accessing the space is simple with a low loading height.

Connectivity

The new SEAT Ibiza is now fully connected with in-car connectivity including FullLink, wireless access to Apple CarPlay and wired access to Android Auto, and out-of-car connectivity with SEAT Connect.

With the integration of the wireless FullLink system, owners can access their digital lives no matter what device they use, be it Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. This simplifies the process of bringing in contact lists, music and navigation systems; all accessed via the floating central touchscreen or integrated steering wheel controls.

Natural voice recognition ensures the use of the technology inside is safe and simple. Voice recognition allows the user to interact with the infotainment system using natural commands, making corrections and referencing previous commands. Whether you need to find navigation information or search for your favourite song, it is quicker and easier in every aspect.

Online connectivity via the embedded SIM (eSIM) means that the Ibiza will never lose its connection to the digital world, and allows users to access the latest infotainment apps, as well as being able to offer new digital products and services. The eSIM delivers the eCall service, which will automatically contact emergency services should an incident occur, as well as sending vital data including GPS data, engine type and number of passengers to make it easier for them to assist.

Customers of the new Ibiza will see the introduction of the SEAT Connect app. Downloadable to their smartphone device, this app gives remote control to a range of functions that will maximise ownership enjoyment and improve safety.

From the SEAT Connect app, users can remotely access driving data of previous journeys and see remaining range, parking position, lock and unlock the doors, set up speed alerts so they can be warned if someone using the vehicle is driving too fast, be alerted if their vehicle has been stolen, or activate the horn and turn signals to find the car in a crowded car park.

The new SEAT Ibiza integrates a range of new driver assistance systems, making it safer than ever before.

Safety and convenience

Building on the range of systems already in place, such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist, and Tiredness Recognition, the updated models now combine some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available in this segment.

Travel Assist offers semi-autonomous driving so the vehicle can change its cruise speed with the flow of traffic, Lane Assist ensures the vehicle is always centred in the lane, Traffic Sign Recognition means the vehicle always knows the speed limit of the road and visually alerts the driver, and Side Assist adds an extra layer of prodection when changing lanes on a motorway.

Front and rear-facing radars monitor the vehicle’s blind spots up to 70 metres and will alert the driver if another vehicle is detected, and finally High Beam Assist uses a front-facing camera to detect vehicles in front, travelling in either direction and will automatically switch the lights between high and low-beam as necessary.

Powertains

Under the bonnet, the new SEAT Ibiza will offer a trio of three-cylinder petrol powertrains; an 80PS, 95PS and 110PS model.

The entry level three-cylinder 1.0 litre MPI petrol engine is matched to a five-speed manual transmission. The unit’s multi-point injection system helps the engine deliver excellent response at low-to-mid engine speeds, while the 80PS power output and 93Nm of torque means that it offers enough to handle the demands of modern-day driving.

Direct-injection technology is used throughout the rest of the engine line-up, with two 1.0 EcoTSI options available.

The 1.0 EcoTSI 95PS (70kW) unit, linked to a five-speed manual transmission, provides 175Nm of torque, and the final unit delivers 110PS / 200Nm and is linked to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.