The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
If you like a fairly low-slung driving position, the Ibiza will suit you better than many small cars, including the Skoda Fabia and Ford Fiesta. The seat is comfortable with good under-thigh support, although it doesn't hold you in place brilliantly through twists and turns. FR and FR Sport models come with figure-hugging sports seats that do a better job of this.
It's a shame that adjustable lumbar support isn't available on the Ibiza (it is on the Fiesta), but lower back support is reasonably good regardless. There’s also a good range of steering wheel adjustment to help you find a comfortable seating position.
Meanwhile, the controls for the air conditioning (standard on all trims) are positioned a bit lower on the dashboard than we’d like, although they are at least easy to operate.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Fortunately, the Ibiza’s eye-catching looks haven’t come at the expense of visibility. Up front, the windscreen pillars don’t obstruct your view too much – even when pulling out of junctions – and the front side windows are suitably tall and easy to see out of.
For extra reassurance, rear parking sensors are an option on lower trims and come as standard on Xcellence and Xcellence Lux. These top trims also have a rear-view camera included as standard, something that isn’t available on the lower trims at all.
Sat nav and infotainment
Even the entry-level trim come with a 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard. If you move up to SE Technology trim, the screen grows to 8.0in and gains a DAB radio and sat-nav – and even a CD player if you’re more digital than download.
The larger touchscreen system in particular is one of the best in the small car class. The screen is crisp and bright and responds quickly when you prod it, plus the operating system is easy to get your head around. There are also shortcut buttons around the edge of the display to take you directly to specific functions.
The Ibiza’s interior quality is definitely more in line with that of the Ford Fiesta than the Volkswagen Polo. That means there’s little in the way of soft-touch plastic, although the steering wheel, handbrake and gear lever are finished in leather. FR trim adds a leatherette finish to the dashboard, too, while the suede upholster on top-spec Xcellence Lux models lift the interior considerably.
What’s more, all of the buttons, switches and stalks feel reassuringly solid whichever model you go for; only the air conditioning dials feel a little low-rent.