The new 2017 Seat Ibiza is a small-packaged vehicle that comes boasting of new technologies, additional safety systems, individual equipment options, new engines, and new infotainment and connectivity functions. With this in its store, the new model is expected to be one of the best and most multi-faceted offerings ever offered in its segment.
Before we immerse ourselves into everything Ibiza, it goes without saying that this review is one of the most comprehensive there is in automotive blog-sphere.
The interior quality and ambiance raise the benchmark of the segment a notch higher, while the running gear brings comfort to a whole new unprecedented level. By and large, the new Seat Ibiza is certainly a combination of ultra-talents unseen before in its class. But even with this kind of hype, there are areas that the vehicle had nothing left to improve on including the dynamic and emotional design. It’s unchanged over the previous model and, man, it looks exceptional well by conventional standards if the previous customer feedbacks that the automaker swears by.
Better Overall Quality?
According to President and CEO if Seat S.A, the new model epitomizes Seat success and is one of the models that uses an already successful Leon formula. Connectivity has been taken a notch higher, as is overall quality, efficiency, and safety. With a smoking five million units sold in the past three decades the world over, the Ibiza is certainly competitive and reliable. It’s particularly a good sell for the young populace that averages 43 years especially women.
To wit, the smartphone connectivity functions have been optimized by the MirrorLink integration feature. The new feature allows for a smooth and effortless smartphone connectivity for Android phones. For 2017, it is now much faster and easier to use than even before. And According to Seat, using the new feature need not be a beleaguering affair even for the older generation who are often amused by new technology.
A Word About Cupra
Another masterpiece from the Spanish maker is the Seat Ibiza Cupra. The Cupra, for 2017, showcases the brand’s state-of-the-art technology, emotional design, and outstanding performance. With its excellent functionality and compact format, the Ibiza Cupra is indeed the perfect sports car for a range of everyday usability. President of Seat, S.A Jurgen Stackmann had this to say:
“The Ibiza Cupra is without a doubt, an icon of the SEAT brand. Its refined road manners, and striking interior and exterior design offer a pleasurable driving experience mile after mile”.
Once available, the new Seat Ibiza is expected to compete against vehicles such as the Volkswagen Golf, Mazda 3, and Honda Civic, and the Ford Focus.
Are There Any Rumors About The Release Date Of The New Seat Ibiza?
The Ibiza release date should be expected sometime in the next summer, if the online rumors at the moment are anything to go by. Pricing, although announced, should be expected to start from around $20,000 for the basic model stripped of all the premium features.
Slightly Updated Exterior?
The exterior design of the 2017 Seat Ibiza hasn’t changed much from the previous model. However, this shouldn’t be mistaken to mean that there aren’t mild updates. Regardless of whether you are interested in either the 5-door Ibiza, 3-door Ibiza SC Sports Coupe or the Ibiza ST Sports Tourer Estate, you can rest assured that you’ll get an up-to-date exterior design.
Available changes include slight modifications to the wheel designs, colors, headlamps and taillights. New paint colors include the Chilli Red and the Moonstone Grey. Other changes can be expected on its release date.
2017 Seat Ibiza Interior Details
The new 2017 Seat Ibiza interior has been inspired by the surroundings of Barcelona. There’s a harmonious balance between precision, functionality, and expressivity on each of the surfaces and contours that define the interior. The driver-centered instrument panel and the horizontal proportions provide a driving pleasure thanks to the soft-touch finish off all the elements. Be it the radio, binnacle and the instrument panel, air vents, or the steering wheel, attention to detail has been emphasized.
Completely New Engine?
According to SEAT, the new 2017 Ibiza has completely been driven by a new generation of TDI and petrol engines. The base model comes equipped with a 1.0L three-cylinder engine that is able to produce 74 horsepower in naturally aspirated format and 108 horsepower in TSI turbocharged drives. Those looking for more power can opt for the 1.4 TSI ACT four-cylinder engine that churns out 147 horsepower with the active cylinder management.
Safety has been a highlight of the 2016 Seat Ibiza, and is still so for the 2017 model. In government crash tests, the Ibiza achieved a perfect score of five stars, out of the possible five, for overall crash tests, side, front, and rear impact.
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