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SEAT Ibiza

The all-new SEAT Ibiza takes inspiration from its big brother Leon

New SEAT Ibiza improves on interior space and comfort.

THE SUPERMINI SEGMENT is about to get even more stylish with the arrival of the new SEAT Ibiza.

Now into its fifth generation, the small hatchback will now come only in five-door form. It’s revamped styling draws heavily from its bigger brother, the SEAT Leon, but that’s no bad thing in our books. Its sharp looking headlights feature distinctive LED daytime running lights.

The bodywork features blisters, as the designers like to call them, along the car’s flanks. These sharp creases add to the very modern look of the new Ibiza. Overall, the size isn’t that different to the current model, but a stretch in the wheelbase means that the proportions have been altered and passenger space has increased.

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SEAT has given the Ibiza a more modern interior, consisting of higher quality materials and a large colour touchscreen on higher grade models. This screen will feature full smartphone connectivity too, like Apple Car Play and Android Auto. In the back, there are good amounts of passenger head and legroom. The boot measures in at an impressive 355 litres, which is just 25 litres smaller than the larger Leon.

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Engine-wise SEAT will offer two versions of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, with 95- and 115hp respectively, and a larger 150hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI engine. On the diesel side of things, 80- and 95hp versions of a 1.6-litre TDI will be available. In total, there will be four specification grades available with the new SEAT Ibiza: S, SE, FR and XCELLENCE.

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Irish prices are yet to be announced. Expect to see the new Ibiza in showrooms in late Spring.

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