The Ibiza is now split into two bodystyles, the three-door is called SC (Sports Coupe) while the larger five door is called exactly that.
The three-door or as it is now known, the SC, is quite a sporty looking supermini. The swash lines on the side profile of the SC set it apart from the plain run of the mill cars in this category. It was designed by Luc Donckerwolke, formerly of Lamborghini and this car is very pleasing to the naked eye. The Ibiza shares the VW group platform PQ25, this is also the base for the VW Polo, the Skoda Fabia and the Audi A1.
Walk around to the front of the car and you will see the black double grille. The bonnet has three prominent crease lines giving the car an impressive stance. Move around to the rear and you can see the slash lines that move up to the tail lights. This makes the rear pert and another talking point when it comes to the design.
On the inside the Ibiza SC is laid out well while the switchgear is driver focused.
Creature comforts are good, there’s a dock for a TomTom navigation system on top of the dash and you can charge and plug-in your MP3 player, there’s a height-adjustable driver’s seat and reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel.
On the road
The SEAT Ibiza is good to drive and grip levels are reasonable. The steering is fairly well weighted and is still light enough to be a boon when parking in town. On test we drove the Ibiza with the 103bhp 1.2 TSI petrol engine. It is about average for this class and will complete the benchmark sprint in 9.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 118mph.
Performance figures are more then competitive with its direct rivals in this class. The costs are fairly respectable too. This version of the Ibiza has an average of 55.4mpg and it emits 119g/km of CO2 emissions.
SEAT’s Ibiza is a great little supermini, it is agile enough to zoom around the city while out on the open road it has enough power to sit at motorway speed yet remain comfortable.
The Ibiza is one of the best looking cars in its class and comes packed with kit that should be attractive to younger motorists. The Ibiza has been reinvented as a SC but it comes with class that is renowned of products that have been developed by the VW group at large.