2021 Seat Ibiza: Everything you need to know
Seat has revealed details of its small city car. The Ibiza gets a refreshed exterior and an updated interior, which includes new connected technology and driver assistance systems.
Here’s everything we know so far about the popular supermini.
Seat Ibiza exterior
For the first time, the new Ibiza gets full LED technology as standard. Eco LEDs are standard on SE and SE Technology models, while FR models upwards get full LED technology, offering better visibility with lower energy consumption.
The side profile of the Ibiza retains its short overhands, with wheels pushed out to the four corners of the vehicle, which highlights its dynamic ability whilst offering better stability.
Three new alloy wheel designs have been introduced: two 17in (FR, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux trims) and one 18in option (FR Sport). There is a 15in alloy and 16in machined alloy wheel also available (SE and SE Technology respectively).
You will also notice the Ibiza lettering has been embossed at the rear of the vehicle, whilst the Seat logo gets a two-tone chrome finish – matte on the front fascia and gloss finish on the borders.
The all-new Seat Ibiza is now available in a range of nine colours, including two new finishes: Sapphire Blue and Asphalt Blue.
Seat Ibiza interior
New materials and technology systems is at the heart of the updated interior. The Ibiza gets a new floating infotainment system, which is 20% bigger than its predecessor. The standard screen is now 8.25in (SE trim only) – with the larger 9.2in screen on SE Technology models and above.
It also sits in a higher position in the cabin, at the driver’s eye line, which improves its ergonomics and ensures it’s safer to operate. If you want that little bit extra, look to the FR Sport and Xcellence Lux models - a high-resolution 10.25in Digital Cockpit (driver binnacle) on FR Sport and Xcellence Lux models lift the Ibiza’s interior into the digital age.
The Ibiza also gets a softer dashboard and a new multifunctional Nappa leather steering wheel to deliver a greater level of refinement. The driver and passenger air vents have been redesigned and the surrounds now illuminate (LED technology) – Honey (SE trim), Daring Red (FR) and Burgundy (Xcellence).
The boot space’s total capacity remains at 355 litres, making it one of the best in class, and accessing the space is easy with a low loading height.
Seat Ibiza connectivity
The new Seat Ibiza is now fully connected with in-car connectivity (online-based functions and services; Full Link including wireless access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto wired) and out-of-car connectivity with SEAT CONNECT.
Natural voice recognition makes using the technology safe and simple, much like consumer electronics home assistants (saying “Hola Hola” wakes up the system, or it can be activated via the steering wheel-mounted button).
Online Connectivity via the embedded SIM (eSIM) means that Ibiza will never lose its connection to the digital world. The built-in eSIM delivers the eCall service which directly contacts emergency services should an incident occur, adding yet another level of safety to the vehicle. If an eCall is triggered, vital data is sent to the emergency services also, including position (based on GPS data), engine type, and number of passengers, making it easier for them to assist.
The next level of connectivity is being made available to Ibiza customers with the introduction of the SEAT Connect app. From the Seat Connect app, users can remotely access driving data of previous journeys and remaining range, parking position, lock and unlock the doors, set up speed alerts so they can be warned if someone using their vehicles is driving too fast, be alerted if their vehicle has been stolen, or activate the horn and turn signals to find the car more easily in a crowded car park.
Seat Ibiza safety and convenience
Building on the breadth of systems already in place, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Front Assist, and Tiredness Recognition, the updated vehicle now combines some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available in this segment.
- Travel Assist offers semi-autonomous driving so that the vehicle can change its cruise speed with the flow of traffic.
- Lane Assist ensures the vehicle is always centred in the lane, while Traffic Sign Recognition means the vehicle always knows the speed limit of the road the vehicle is travelling on and visually alerts the driver.
- Side Assist offers adds an extra layer of protection when changing lanes on a motorway. Front and rear-facing radars monitor the vehicle’s blind spots up to 70 metres and will alert the driver if another vehicle is detected.
- High Beam Assist has been added to the Ibiza’s long list of advanced technologies. The system uses a front-facing camera to detect vehicles in front, travelling in either direction and will automatically switch the lights between high and low-beam as necessary.
Seat Ibiza powertrains
You have the choice between a trio of three-cylinder petrol powertrains; an 80PS, 95PS and 110PS model. The entry three-cylinder 1.0 litre MPI petrol engine is matched to a five-speed manual transmission. The unit’s multi-point injection system helps the engine deliver excellent response at low-to-mid engine speeds, while the 80PS power output and 93Nm of torque mean that it offers enough to handle the demands of modern-day driving.
Direct-injection technology is used throughout the rest of the engine line-up, with two 1.0 EcoTSI options available.
The 1.0 EcoTSI 95PS (70kW) unit, linked to a five-speed manual transmission, provides 175Nm of torque. The final unit delivers 110PS / 200Nm and is linked to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.
Seat Ibiza release date
Seat are yet to reveal prices and full specifications for the updated Ibiza. Once we find out, we’ll be the first to let you know.