The new 1.0-litre turbocharged triple picks up swiftly from 1500rpm and emits a textbook zesty three-cylinder note, with just enough turbocharged 'whoosh' audible without sounding ghastly.
Around town and low down in the rev range, the Ibiza 110 is certainly responsive - its peak torque of 148lb ft comes in at 2000rpm but the motor is happy enough hovering between 1400-1800rpm at city speeds.
However, work the engine hard beyond 3500rpm when the road opens up and the sound quickly turns from a refined thrum to a harsh tone, especially when chasing its 109bhp peak output at 5000rpm.
Ultimately, power delivery is impressively linear throughout the rev range with no obvious peaks or troughs, so you can rely on the broad power band to pull you up long hills without needing to drop down a gear.
Not that you’d mind swapping cogs in this Ibiza, because the seven-speed DSG gearbox swaps up and down the ratios with ruthless efficiency, although a lack of steering wheel-mounted paddles did detract from the driving experience when pressing on.
The retuned speed-sensitive electric power steering still doesn’t quite offer enough feedback through the wheel and its overt lightness doesn’t particularly inspire confidence.
However, when hunting down hairpin bends on a mildly challenging country road on the outskirts of Barcelona, the Ibiza demonstrated decent levels of grip – enough to counteract the lack of steering feel and inspire new-found confidence in the chassis.
There’s still a hint of body roll, while the ride on urban and country Spanish roads certainly felt supple enough. However, we will reserve final judgement until we test the Ibiza on UK roads. Wind noise from the wing mirrors when sitting at a 60mph cruise was certainly apparent, too.
As standard, the entry-level E trim comes with a 5.0in touchscreen multimedia system with USB connectivity, electric front windows and electric mirrors.
SE trim adds air-con, front and rear LED lights, DAB radio and Bluetooth. Connect trim further adds sat-nav, the ‘Full Link’ multimedia system, rear electric windows and 16in alloy wheels. Top-spec FR gets sports suspension, cruise control and an electronic locking differential.
At 290 litres with the seats up, boot space is comparable with that of the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Polo, but is trumped by the class-leading 326 litres of the Hyundai i20.