What is it?
This is the facelifted Seat Ibiza - not that the casual observer would necessarily be able to tell. Speak to a hardcore Seat anorak, however, and they’ll soon point out the new headlights with daytime running lights, additional paint colours and some new alloy wheel designs. Nothing groundbreaking, then.
No, Seat has focussed most of its efforts on the interior and the oily bits under the bonnet. You can choose from a brace of three-cylinder motors with or without boost or, more interestingly, the 1.4-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with ‘ACT’ Active Cylinder Technology.
Although it makes the same 148bhp as the old turbocharged and supercharged 1.4, it promises better fuel efficiency thanks to the aforementioned ACT, which allows the four-cylinder engine to run on two cylinders at low engine loads for improved economy.