The Ibiza ST is the largest in the Ibiza range previously consisting of the sportier SC model and the five-door hatchback.
Seat says the new model will continue the sporty style associated with its best-selling model, but has combined it with more practicality. This means increased boot space of 430 litres – 138 more than the five-door version.
With seating consists of 60/40 split seats and roof rails for extra storage, it is obvious Seat is aiming at downsizers from larger estates.
This becomes even more evident in the most expensive, range-topping Ecomotive model, priced at £14,910. CO2 emissions are just 92g/km and will exclude the owner from road tax charges. Fuel economy is an impressive 80.7mpg from the 1.2-litre TDI 75PS Ecomotive model.
There are engines to offer more performance in a trade off with emissions, including a 1.6-litre TDI petrol delivering 105PS and a choice of 1.2-litre TSI or 1.4-litre petrol engines.
The most performance-oriented engine, the 1.2 TSI, is capable of powering the Ibiza ST to 62mph from zero in 10.1 seconds and to a top speed of 118mph.
Seat has kept the sport feel with the Ibiza ST, but the emphasis is on practicality, as UK product manager Andy McGregor seems to explain: "’The car’s arrival in SEAT showrooms makes the Ibiza line-up not only the most extensive in our history but, also, the most practical and attractive.
"I’m sure we’ll see the new Ibiza ST carve out a very successful niche for itself as buyers latch onto its great looks, flexibility and convenience.’
Equipment on all models includes air conditioning, four-speaker stereo, electric windows and remote central locking while Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Bi-xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and 17" alloy wheels are also available as options.
The Seat Ibiza ST costs between £12,070 and £14,910 and will arrive in UK showrooms this month.