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Seat adds retro touch for rear seat Ibiza passengers amid host of hi-tech tools, May 2018 test update

"As far as windy windows go though, she has a point."

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SEAT
BIK List Price
£17,765
SEAT Ibiza BIK list price
BIK Percentage
22%
SEAT Ibiza BIK Percent
CO2
108g/km
SEAT Ibiza CO2
Combined MPG
60.1
SEAT Ibiza MPG

Review

May 2018 

Seat's Ibiza FR baffles Luke Neal and family with its inclusion of retro window winders amid a host of hi-tech driver aids. 

Daughter: “What’s this handle for?”

Me: “What handle?”

Daughter: “The one on the door.”

Me: “That’s for opening the window.”

Daughter: “What?”

Me: “You wind it round and it opens the window.”

Daughter: “That’s so weird! Why hasn’t it got a button?”

Me: “I don’t know...”

The conversation made me smile and prompted me to consider just how far technology has come in such a seemingly short space of time – not just in cars. 

It doesn’t seem too long ago that we weren’t permanently connected to the internet anywhere and anytime.

If you wanted to contact someone you had to speak or write to them, something that I’m sure she would find equally bizarre. 

As far as windy windows go though, she has a point. I haven’t seen them in a modern car for years. 

Maybe I’m spoilt... but as cars are becoming more and more packed with technology and electronics to make our journeys safer, easier and more comfortable, the lack of rear electric windows in the Ibiza seems a strange omission, especially when you consider the range of driver aids the car has to offer. 

These include: an eight-inch touchscreen with Full Link technology (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), navigation system with voice recognition, parking sensors, rear-view camera, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, four different drive profile modes (Normal-Sport-Eco-Individual), which alter steering response, throttle response and gear shifts mode (only DSG models), emergency brake assist and our car is fitted with optional adaptive cruise control (£170). 

But for rear seat passengers it’s just a case of retro motoring!

Luke Neal


March 2018

The Ibiza's CO2 emissions results makes it stand tall amongst the competition, Jeremy Bennett's test review reveals. 

When Fleet News was given an early look at the fifth generation Ibiza in June, Seat was clear in its intention to be a match in the B-segment for new market heavyweights, the Nissan Micra, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Kia Rio. 

There are signs things are going the Ibiza’s way. 

Two months in and the Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders (SMMT) figures reveal the Ibiza’s segment share is up year-to-date from 4.7% to 5.1%, sitting at seventh above the Micra (12th) and Rio (15th).

Fiesta’s B-segment share, while still massive, is down from 30.5% to 29.4% and Polo’s is down, too. 

Ibiza is well on the way to achieving the brand’s aspiration to be one of the best cars in its class. 

But how does it compare to competitors when considering key issues such as CO2 emissions, VED rate, mpg and monthly tax liability? 

I used KeeResources’ Kwikview platform to crunch the data, choosing to look in depth at the Fiesta 1.0T EcoBoost Zetec Auto and Polo 1.0TSI 115 DSG.

Where the Ibiza wins: the monthly liability for a basic rate taxpayer is currently £3 lower than the Fiesta and £5 less than the Polo; its combined mpg rate is 60.1, compared to the Fiesta’s 54.3mpg and Polo’s 58.9mpg.

Its CO2 emissions, at 108g/km, win over the Polo (109) and Fiesta (118). The Ibiza and Polo’s VED rates are £140 compared to the Fiesta’s £160.

So, while in a narrow competitor field, the Ibiza stands tall when judged by these fundamental measures. 

Jeremy Bennett


February 2018

Elizabeth Howlett finds parking more enjoyable thanks to the Seat Ibiza's Vision Pack Plus add-on.

Seat’s fifth-generation Ibiza is the latest car to join our fleet and, finished in Mystery Blue, it is sure to turn some heads.

Having already attracted a string of office admirers, I doubt the keys will remain in my possession for long!

It was the first small car to be based on Volkswagen’s new MQB A0 platform, which now underpins the new Polo.

The result sees the Ibiza gain 35mm of passenger legroom and benefit from a 65-litre increase in boot space (355 litres) over the old model. 

We chose the 1.0-litre TSI with 115PS as we wanted to sample the seven-speed DSG gearbox. It is only available in the sporty FR trim with this engine, and is priced £17,710. 

The three-cylinder unit helps the Ibiza reach 60mph in 9.5 seconds yet promises average fuel economy of 60.1mpg (we’re averaging a disappointing 40.1mpg but that’s purely on short urban journeys). 

With a benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax band of 20%, drivers can indulge in a sportier model without the sting of high company car tax. BIK will cost around £58 per month. The less powerful, similarly priced, Ibiza Xcellence manual costs £1 less.

The FR’s standard equipment and greater performance should make the extra £1 seem worthwhile as it has sat-nav, 17-inch alloy wheels, a twin exhaust, digital radio and Seat Drive Profile, which lets you choose between eco, sport, comfort and individual drive modes. 

All models come with autonomous emergency braking as standard, and the Ibiza has received the maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

We added Vision Pack Plus (£425) which includes front and rear parking sensors with a rear view camera.

This feature has come in handy when trying to reverse park into our office’s notoriously compact parking spaces.

The camera uses the eight-inch infotainment display to line you up perfectly, which should reduce the likelihood of any parking scrapes or ‘surprise’ bollards. 

Combined with adaptive cruise control (£170) to make light work of motorway journeys, winter-friendly full LED headlights (£480), and a Beats audio system (£365) the extras should make traffic jams and parking unusually more enjoyable. 

Model tested: Seat Ibiza FR 1.0 TSI 115 DSG

Top Speed
120mph
SEAT Ibiza Top Speed
VED band
F
SEAT Ibiza Ved
Fuel Type
Petrol
SEAT Ibiza Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £6,525
4 Year 80k : £5,225
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 30.86
4 Year 80k : 28.12

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