Seat Ibizas used to get lumbered with interiors derived from other VW Group products. Not any more. The latest Ibiza has its own trim, and very distinctive it is too.

Fit and finish is certainly good and there are enough soft-touch surfaces, though there’s a slightly bewildering mix of trim graining. The traditional, random leather-like texture is still on a few surfaces, but the Ibiza also features what manufacturers like to call a technical grain. Then there’s the steering wheel, which has four different textures, so it’s anything but a dull cabin.

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A optional dock on top of the dash allows full integration of compatible TomTom sat-nav units

More logical is the layout of its dials and some very neat touches. There are also two auxiliary ports for a portable music player and a slot for one to sit in, although this ought to be standard rather than optional, especially if Seat is serious about selling to a younger audience.

Cabin space is as good as you could reasonably expect from a 4m-long supermini. In the front there is no shortage of range for the height-adjustable driver’s seat and reach and rake-adjustable steering wheel. Space in the rear is a little tighter, but you can seat four adults in this car without worry.

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On the equipment front, the SOL trimmed Ibizas come with 15in alloy wheels, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system and air conditioning as standard, while upgrading to SE Technology adds twin halogen headlights, split folding seats and Seat's 6.5in touchscreen infotainment system complete with sat nav and smartphone integration.

The mid-range FR-Technology cars gain sports seats, sports suspension, auto lights and wipers, twin exhaust system and an electronic locking differential, while the Red Edition adds red trim and decals to the interior and exterior.

Those after more performance can opt for the Cupra models, with the standard car adding adaptive bi-xenon headlights, gloss black details, a race-tuned exhaust and climate control, while the Cupra Black models add Seat's full infotainment offering, black alloy wheels and red brake calipers.

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