New 2021 SEAT Ibiza unveiled
The SEAT Ibiza has been given an overhaul and will come with updated tech when it arrives later in 2021
- Exterior redesign
- Upgrade for interior tech
- Three petrol engines available
The SEAT Ibiza, the brand’s popular supermini, has been given a facelift for 2021. The exterior has received a full makeover, while the inside has also been given a revamp, including the introduction of new connected technology and driver assistance systems. An updated version of the SEAT Arona, the compact SUV that’s based on the Ibiza, has also been unveiled.
Since its debut in 1984, the Ibiza hatchback has established itself as the most successful vehicle to roll off SEAT’s production line. It’s not the only supermini undergoing a makeover in 2021, either, with the Ibiza’s closest rivals, the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia, all set for a refresh later this year.
2021 SEAT Ibiza: Design
The Ibiza has long meant to be ‘the stylish one’ out of the three VW Group superminis (the VW Polo and the Skoda Fabia are the other two), in a bid to appeal to younger buyers in particular. The new model builds on the sharp, angular design features of the outgoing car, adding enhancements such as new LED lights. Eco LEDs are standard on entry-level SE and SE Technology models, while FR models and up get full LED lights.
The supermini retains its short overhangs and the wheels are pushed out to all four corners to optimise handling. The Ibiza will now be available in nine colours, including two new ones called Sapphire Blue and Asphalt Blue, with the choice of three new alloy wheel designs – two 17-inch sets, available on FR, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux trims, and one 18-inch option for the FR Sport. There are also 15-inch alloy and 16-inch machined alloy wheels available for the SE and SE Technology models.
One of the key exterior updates is the new badging, which sees a switch to the embossed, handwritten-style font used on all SEAT’s latest models. The SEAT logo is now finished in two-tone chrome, with matte on the front fascia and gloss finish on the edges.
The most significant updates are happening inside the Ibiza, with a host of new technology systems fitted as standard. It has a brand new dashboard and a new multifunction Nappa leather steering wheel. There’s also a new floating central infotainment system display, which, on SE models, has increased in size by more than 20% compared to its predecessor to 8.25 inches. A larger 9.2-inch screen is available on SE Technology models and above, while the FR Sport and Xcellence Lux get a high-resolution 10.25-inch display.
Depending on the trim level you choose, the interior surrounds now illuminate in a certain lighting colour - Honey (SE trim), Daring Red (FR) and Burgundy (Xcellence). Buyers will be pleased to know that the Ibiza’s impressive boot space hasn’t been compromised, with total capacity remaining at 355 litres - one of the best in class.
The new SEAT Ibiza is well equipped with in-car connectivity, thanks to the integration of the wireless Full Link system. This means buyers can now access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via the central touchscreen or the integrated steering wheel controls. Voice recognition also makes using the technology safe and simple to use when driving. There are also two USB ports in the front of the cabin.
Online connectivity means that the Ibiza is always connected to the digital world, allowing users access to the latest infotainment apps and real-time traffic information. The built-in eSIM also provides the eCall service, which directly contacts emergency services should an accident occur.
The new Ibiza now comes with a range of new driver assistance systems. Building on the systems already in place, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Tiredness Recognition, the upgraded model now comes with systems such as Travel Assist, offering semi-autonomous driving so that the vehicle can change its cruise speed with the flow of traffic, and Lane Assist, ensuring the vehicle is always centred in its lane. Traffic Sign Recognition means the vehicle always knows the speed limit of the road the vehicle is travelling on and displays this to the driver.
The new SEAT Ibiza offers a trio of petrol engines, with power outputs including 78bhp 93bhp and 108bhp. The entry-level 1.0-litrel engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, as is the 93bhp engine. The most powerful, 108bhp TSI engine, meanwhile, can be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.