Spanish supermini can be proud of its World Rally Championship days, but this is all in the past. The 2016 Seat Ibiza will be fifth-generation car, now produced by Volkswagen group. Just like its predecessors, it should offer both 3- and 5-door options, complemented by a number of powertrain units. Let’s see what we can expect from the upcoming model.
Engine, Specs, Transmission
Fitting for a new car, the 2016 Seat Ibiza will be powered by all-new generation of engines. Base petrol engine is a 1.0L 3-cylinder making 75 horsepower, while a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder comes in couple of forms. Weaker generates 95 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, stronger unit develops 110 horses and 148 pound-feet of twist. Finally, a 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol powertrain puts up 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Turbo diesel engines are also offered in abundance. A 1.4-liter turbo diesel 4-cylinder can produce 75, 90 and 105 horsepower, and does terrific job efficiency-wise. Needless to say, every Ibiza moves via front axle, while transmission options vary between 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic.
It comes without saying that 2016 Seat Ibiza will be more than fuel-efficient. Most efficient models with smallest turbo diesel engine and dual-clutch transmission will be rated at 70 mpg combined on European NEDC cycle. On the other hand, most fuel-consuming models will be rated at around 50 mpg combined in relaxed European ratings. All models emit about 88 g/km of CO2 gases.
2016 Seat Ibiza Design, Colors
The new 2016 Seat Ibiza looks slightly sharper, but there’s generally little one could do to change a subcompact car. Still, Spaniards have done a solid job. Front end gets sharp trapezoidal grille and larger, inverted lower air intake, while angular headlamps are even sharper, and beyond contemporary. Even fog lamps are now angular and fit the picture more than well. Headlamp crease finishes its journey across the profile at rear door’s base, while 3-door versions look slightly different.
Finally, rear end is as handsome as the front one and city car follows the same philosophy there. Angular headlamps are really good looking, and simple tailgate, together with contemporary bumper, finish up the good looking picture. The car is available in the following colors: White, Nevada White, Emocion Red, Chili Red, Mediterraneo Blue, Apolo Blue, Alor Blue, Lima Green, Adventure Brown, Technic Grey, Pirineos Grey, Moonstone Silver, Estrella Silver, Midnight Black.
Interior isn’t as prolific as exterior is, but it still follows the same philosophy. There’s a number of angular parts all around the cabin, but not everything is sharp. Circular air vents, for instance, nicely break the angular monotony. Seats can be covered in either cloth or Alcantara leather. Materials aren’t that quality, and car’s looks cheap in most of the lineup. Still, color display infotainment system, and contrasting stitches and inserts in higher grades, manage to make 2016 Seat Ibiza somewhat good looking. Rest of the available convenience options aren’t going to be that advanced. Expect the car to support both Android and iOS devices, and to offer some advanced safety features like multi-collision brake system.
Release Date and Price
The 2016 Seat Ibiza is considerably better this year in terms of both interior and, especially, exterior design. It still offers a family of fuel-efficient engines which come in plenty of varieties. Finally, subcompact is as nimble to drive as it ever was, and you won’t have to go through a trouble while parking it. Prices should remain in the same region as before, which is between £11,500 and £18,000. It is expected to go on sale in the autumn of 2015.