SEAT Ibiza review - Interior, design and technology
Sharp exterior lines carry over to the spacious interior, while the Ibiza features decent on-board tech
Although the current SEAT Ibiza is a fraction (2mm) shorter than the old model, the MQB A0 platform means the wheelbase has extended by 95mm, so there's much more space inside – SEAT says rear legroom is improved by 35mm, while the square-shaped boot is especially spacious at 355 litres.
More importantly the car has got much wider – by 85mm – and it sits ever-so-slightly lower, giving it a sportier look on the road. That’s accentuated by the sharp creases along the sides, the narrow front lights with LED daytime running lights and more creases running down the bonnet. This is a seriously good-looking supermini.
The good looks continue inside with more sharp lines around the dash and plenty of shoulder and headroom in the front and back. A six foot passenger can just about sit behind a six foot driver in reasonable comfort, but there’ll be plenty of room for three children across the back bench.
The facelifted Ibiza brings a revised interior and new levels of tech to help lift its appeal. Once sat in the driver's seat you'll notice new soft-touch materials across the dash and extra chrome trim, while the redesigned air vents add LED illumination on FR and Xcellence trims. A leather-trimmed steering wheel and a black headlining also feature on higher-spec cars.
We found the multi-function steering wheel (controlling audio and cruise control) a little fiddly to use, but the Ibiza does keep physical dials for the air-con system, which are easier to operate on the move.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The Ibiza SE include a 8.25-inch touchscreen, while all other trim levels come with a 9.2-inch version. All feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, with integrated sat-nav available on SE Technology variants and above.
The system gets a couple of touch-sensitive shortcuts running down the left-hand side of the display. This includes the volume controls, but there is also a physical wheel on the steering wheel itself. Boot-up times are slow, but the system responds to commands quickly once it’s loaded. There are areas which don’t seem particularly logical, though.
The colour display is clear and sharp, with the screen itself now in a more useful position than before, sitting slightly ahead of the dash. If you're after digital instrumentation, you'll need to upgrade to either the FR Sport or Xcellence Lux trims which include the Digital Cockpit tech.
In this review
- 1SEAT Ibiza reviewThe SEAT Ibiza includes great on-board tech and still sets a high standard in the supermini class
- 2Engines, performance and driveWith a punchy three-cylinder TSI engine and a sweet, balanced chassis, the SEAT Ibiza offers plenty of character
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe SEAT Ibiza 1.0-litre model promises good fuel economy and reasonable CO2 emissions
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingSharp exterior lines carry over to the spacious interior, while the Ibiza features decent on-board tech
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe SEAT Ibiza supermini boasts great space for both passengers and their luggage
- 6Reliability and SafetyBuyers will feel reassured by the excellent standard safety kit, while the SEAT Ibiza should prove to be reliable