We’d steer clear of entry-level S trim, which misses out on alloys, a colour touchscreen, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and split-folding rear seats.
Stepping up to SE trim gets you all of those things, but you still miss out on the excellent 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system (see infotainment section), automatic lights and wipers and rear parking sensors. Meanwhile, SE Technology features the 8.0in touchscreen but is only available on two engines: the weedy 74bhp 1.0 petrol and the expensive 79bhp diesel.
For that reason, our favourite trim is FR. As well as adding the larger infotainment screen and 17in alloys, this trim gains you a more aggressive bodykit, sports seats, a DAB radio, cruise control and rain-sensing windscreen wipers. You also get sports suspension, which makes the ride a bit firmer but by no means jarring.
Usually,we'd advise steering clear of range-topping trims on cars of this size, but with the Ibiza that's not necessarily the case. Xcellence trim gets you a list of standard creature comforts that would shame many luxury cars, including keyless entry and start, sat-nav, part-leather and part-Alcantara seats and dual-zone climate control.