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2017 Seat Ibiza reader test team review

Seat's small hatchback has raised its game with a more sculpted design, a higher-quality, roomier interior and new technology

Words By Kris Culmer

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James Taleporos

Age: 27 Job: Project manager Drives: Ford Fiesta

β€œI’m coming to the end of the lease term on my Fiesta. I don’t particularly like the look of the new Fiesta, and I want something a bit bigger and more modern.

β€œThis Ibiza is a really attractive car, and that carries on inside. It’s a real step up over what we’ve seen before from Seat. I like the crisp exterior lines; it looks aggressive and purposeful. I also like how the LED daytime running lights double as the indicators, rather than them being separate units.

β€œThe main rear seats are comfortable, but it’s a shame that the middle one is firmer and is on quite a big lump.

β€œThe boot is one of the biggest in this class. It’s massive, especially compared with my Fiesta’s, and a good shape. Having an adjustable boot floor is useful, and it leaves a flat floor – although it is a bit of a pain to use.

β€œAutomatic emergency braking is standard, and that’s great; the more safety kit, the better.

β€œOverall, this Ibiza looks and feels more grown-up and dependable than its predecessor. I reckon it can now properly compete with cars such as the Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Polo. That’s because it’s now a bit roomier, material quality is better and the infotainment is great.”

Rated 4 out of 5

Philip Bailey

Age: 56 Job: University administrator Drives: Skoda Fabia

β€œI like the defined crease lines on the bonnet and the front bumper, especially the way they wrap around the front foglights. I also like how the line that goes down the side of the car kinks up over the rear wheels and joins the outline of the rear window.

β€œThere are three 1.0-litre petrol engines and a 1.5 on sporty FR trim. I’d go for one of the 1.0-litres, probably the 94bhp with a manual gearbox, because it would be adequate for what I need: good fuel economy and peppy town driving.

β€œI mainly use my car as an urban runabout. Plus, I take my 87-year-old mother out on the weekends, so my car needs to be easy to get in and out of – which this Ibiza is. And I occasionally take four passengers, so the Ibiza’s relatively spacious rear seats are a real bonus.

β€œAlthough this Ibiza is roughly the same size as its predecessor, the seats seem a lot more spacious than before. It was really easy to find my perfect driving position, and once I’d done so, I got in the back seat and still had plenty of head and leg room.

β€œOne thing I didn’t like about the old Ibiza was that some of the trim, especially on the doors, felt a bit flimsy. Now everything feels solid and well put together, particularly the dash, with tight panel gaps.”

Rated 5 out of 5

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