The mid-range TDi 90bhp version is £745 cheaper than the car it replaces, while the flagship 20V T Cupra at £14,995, costs the same as the outgoing model. SEAT director, John Abbott, confirms that he aims for a much larger slice of the fleet market. Whereas last year, some 25% of Ibiza sales went to fleet buyers, in 2000 he will be aiming for 45%.
The Ibiza has accounted for about two million sales since its initial launch and the new version benefits from a £160 million investment in development. Freshly restyled - especially at the front - it is 20 mm longer than its predecessor and is offered with three new engines, a 156bhp 20V turbo, 1.4 litre 16V (75bhp) and a new 110bhp, Tdi. The interior is all-new.
Prices: New SEAT Ibiza 3-door: Ibiza 1.4 £8,495, Ibiza 1.4S £8,995, Ibiza 1.6 Sport £12,995, Ibiza 1.8 20VT Cupra £14,995, Ibiza 1.9 TDi S £11,250. New SEAT Ibiza 5-door: Ibiza 1.4S £9,395, Ibiza 1.9 TDi S £11,650. New SEAT Cordoba (saloon 4-door): Cordoba 1.6S £10,595,Cordoba 1.9 TDi S £11,650; (Vario 5-door): Vario 1.4S £11,095, Vario 1.9 TDi S £12,650.