Seat really want to shake things up in the B-segment where their Ibiza has always been good, but not exceptional. It is a tall order as the small car market remains the biggest and arguably the most competitive. With the recent success of the Ateca the brands hopes to carry that momentum through and into the the fifth generation Ibiza. Set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, this is the 2017 Seat Ibiza.
Visually it is undeniable that this is a sibling of the Leon. The clean creases that run into a strong shoulder line are reminiscent of its bigger brother. A domed nose wears and intricate grill and the Seat family face is completed by those triangular lighting clusters. The rear is characterised by horizontal creases and a squared off profile. It looks smart and more mature than the model it replaces.
Sitting on a new MQB platform, the 2017 Seat Ibiza is wider but shorter than before. Despite the decrease in length it still offers a 355 litre boot. A premium design ethos has been applied to the cabin of which is dominated by an 8 inch touchscreen display. High specification cars can be had with Apple CarPlay, AndroidAuto, and a wireless smartphone charger.
A range of petrol and diesel engines are on offer, but the spiciest at the moment is the FR. That car also receives stiffer suspension and selectable drive modes. Pricing has yet to be announced but it is expect to undercut the new Fiesta. Like many rivals, the 2017 Seat Ibiza will only come as a five door.