What is it?
The latest addition to Seat’s Ibiza supermini range, and one that offers both sense and sensation: the Ibiza FR TDi.
Coming to UK showrooms this month, this 141bhp TDi version of the Ibiza is a 130mph warm hatch capable of 62mph in a whisker over eight seconds, and of bettering 60mpg. This car emits just 119g/km of CO2, so it’s just £35 a year to tax, and for the first time for an FR Ibiza, it’s available as a five door.
This car succeeds the old 128bhp Ibiza FR TDi. It uses the VW Group’s current 2.0-litre diesel engine, but has a lighter, larger capacity intercooler than the last car, and together with common rail injection, that makes it much more refined on the run than its immediate forebear.
Seat has fitted stiffer, shorter springs than standard to this car; it rides 15mm lower, and has a stiffer anti-roll bar too. This Ibiza is also the only one with its battery in the boot, to the improvement of weight distribution, and is the only hot Ibiza available with a manual gearbox.
What’s it like?
It’s certainly handsome, trendy-looking and nicely turned out inside. Seat’s FR treatment adds FR logos on the gearlever and steering wheel, as well as a smattering of carbon-effect trim, some comfy yet supportive leather sports seats, and extra standard specification such as cruise and climate control, and a ‘limited slip differential’-effect electronic traction management program called XDS.