Pricing announced for 2021 SEAT Ibiza
The SEAT Ibiza is on sale now from £16,945 and comes with updated tech and styling
- Exterior redesign
- Upgrade for interior tech
- Three petrol engines available
Order books have opened for the new SEAT Ibiza supermini, with prices starting at £16,945 for the entry-level SE, climbing to £21,725 for the top tier Xcellence Lux.
The exterior has received a refresh, while the inside has also been given a revamp, including the introduction of a suite of new connected technology and driver assistance systems. An updated version of the SEAT Arona, the compact SUV that’s based on the Ibiza, is also on sale now.
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 that’s undergone a makeover in 2021, either, with the Ibiza’s closest rivals, the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Fabia, all receiving a refresh this year.
2021 SEAT Ibiza: Design
The Ibiza has always been ‘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.
Interior and specifications
Like the Arona, the Ibiza will be available in six trim levels: SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux. 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.