Value is the key for new Seat Ibiza five-door


SEAT is today revealing full price and specification details for the forthcoming all-new Ibiza 5dr, with outstanding value for money being front and centre in the Spanish firm’s thinking.

Having already secured a warm welcome from key commentators in the motoring media, the new Iberian offering is pressing home its advantage with a powerful cocktail of premium specifications and distinctly eye-catching prices.

Ahead of its official on-sale date of Wednesday 16th July, SEAT has confirmed its new family-sized supermini will cost from just £8,995 RRP – a saving of more than £300 over the outgoing range’s entry-level 1.2 Ibiza Reference Sport 5dr.

At the same time, SEAT is making the Ibiza range clearer to understand courtesy of a new set of model names. Out go the existing Reference, Reference Sport and Stylance designations. In their place come the more widely-understood S, SE and Sport nomenclatures.

In line with SEAT’s aim of offering ultra-competitive levels of equipment as standard, every new Ibiza 5dr model arrives with an impressive array of comfort, style and safety features included.

Thus, even entry-level S 1.2 versions include the likes of a height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel; height adjustable driver’s seat; speed-sensitive electrohydraulic power steering; electric front windows; driver, front passenger and head-thorax front side airbags; ABS braking; rolling code immobiliser; remote central locking and six-speaker FM/AM RDS radio with MP3-compatible CD player, steering column-mounted remote audio controls and AUX input.

Move up to the new Ibiza SE and the selection of styling, comfort and equipment features grows further to include goodies such as body-coloured door mirrors and handles; electrically-adjustable and heated door mirrors; electric rear windows; cruise control; air conditioning; trip computer; height adjustable passenger seat and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Sport versions of the Latin newcomer include, naturally enough, an array of sports-orientated additions including sports suspension; sports seats; arch-filling 16-inch alloy wheels and leather-clad steering wheel and gearknob.

What are anticipated to be the most popular options have been bundled together into handy packs, too, with the Convenience Pack (available on SE and Sport models) offering rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rear view mirror and ‘coming home’ headlight function for £250 RRP.

Meanwhile, the SE Design Pack includes a custom-styled dashboard, folding front centre arm rest, storage pack and leather steering wheel and gear knob for a modest £210 RRP.

Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), which also includes Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), is bundled into a pack which also adds tyre pressure monitoring and SEAT’s unique new Hill-Hold Control function. The pack’s available across the range for only £280 RRP.

And there’s great news on insurance groups, with the new Ibiza five-door gaining particularly competitive ratings ranging from Group 2 for the frugal S 1.2 to Group 5 for the lively Sport 1.6.

SEAT UK Head of Marketing, Steve Robertson, said: ‘We’ve looked long and hard at the supermini sector before making these important decisions about our new car and I’m convinced the pricing and specification options we’re revealing today – allied to our moves to make the range easier to understand – put the new Ibiza in a particularly strong position.

‘Add the obvious style that springs from a shape created by ex-Lamborghini designer Luc Donckerwolke, plus a relentless push for top notch quality from SEAT President Erich Schmitt, and the appeal of the new car really could not be clearer.’

Source: SEAT (press release/media site)