Learn About the 2017 SEAT Ibiza Through Detailed Videos

Unveiled in Barcelona and soon to be built in Barcelona as well. Over 5 million people have bought a SEAT Ibiza so far. And probably well over 1 million will have this brand new 5th generation. Let's ensure they make an informed decision, as the 2017 Ibiza is not the easiest car to understand.
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Obviously, the Ibiza looks like a mini Leon. It's easy to be won over by the show car, which features bright red paint, the FR trim with (fake) dual exhaust and full LED headlights. But all these features will be optional.

So what are you getting as standard? Let's start with a new platform, called MQB A0 and likely to underpin the next VW Polo, as well as the Arona crossover. Speaking of which, the Arona will debut in "more or less 20 weeks."

SEAT invested in several new assembly robots and stamping presses which work together to make the Ibiza chassis much stiffer than before. This grown-up approach to making a small car continues with a 95mm stretch of the wheelbase and a trunk which at 355 liters rivals the Ford Focus, not the Fiesta.

Despite Volkswagen launching the 1.4 TDI 3-cylinder diesel engines in 2014, the Ibiza only uses the 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The base output is only 80 PS, so we think the decision was based on the 1.6 TDI being fabricated in Spain for several other models. The 1.5 TSI, which was supposed to come out at the same time as the Golf facelift, but won't be ready until the end of 2017.

From these very exciting videos, we also learned that the Ibiza would be available with Full Link and wireless phone charging, both things which younger customers will love. The old Ibiza was always lagging behind in the tech department, but you do pay extra to be connected.

One of the reviews says the dash of the Ibiza is made from hard plastics, a cost-cutting measure that won't sit well with some buyers. But we also noticed that not all the models have the keyless start, while the FR steering wheel isn't as special as it could be.

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