The new Seat Ibiza was the first Seat designed under the direction of Luc Donckerwolke, formerly of Lamborghini. It was also meant to represent something of a change of direction for Seat, upping the ante to fulfil Seat’s emotive, dynamic ethos.
There’s meant to be more aggression to the front end, with a low grille and headlights. Certainly, the sharper edges to the side strakes give it more tension than Seat’s other monobox-style designs. Arguably the look is better suited to the three-door model than the cooking five-door. The sharply-styled standard headlights are good, but optional adaptive bi-xenons come with daytime running lights and are worth the extra money.
Mid-2015 saw the Ibiza given a large facelift, which saw its exterior matched closely its bigger sibling - the Leon, chief among which was the new grille, LED day-running-lights and numerous reworked powerplants.
Styling alterations are deliberately brash on the Cupra, starting with a black honeycomb grille. Black wing mirrors, a large, black rear diffuser and central exhaust combine to give a much more dramatic look than the standard Ibiza three-door Sport Coupé. ‘Cupra’ badging also helps to differentiate the most sporting Ibiza from the standard Sport Coupé.