Restyling for the two top models of the Seat range: Ibiza and Arona have undergone a renewal aimed, as explained by the Spanish house, to enhance their identity by projecting it into the future. And possibly also to bring it closer to the target audience, which remains the youngest of the Volkswagen group.
We tried the new Ibiza on the roads of the Basque Country, on a journey that winds its way from Bilbao to the coast and back: breathtaking landscapes in which nature is the undisputed protagonist, and in which Ibiza has easily traveled curves and hairpin bends showing off the latest innovations. leave the Martorell factories.
New Ibiza and Arona, more “stylish” design and smart equipment
The restyling involved both the exteriors and – above all – the technological equipment, from infotainment to connectivity, passing through the safety systems, an aspect on which Seat particularly focuses with a nod to millennials: “Design and style are the most important elements for our customers ”, confirm from the company, which has paid a lot of attention to details.
And so on the rear the name stands out written in italics, the front bumpers are redesigned and the rear spoiler has been redefined to give more character to the car, while the fully LED headlights increase visibility and give character to the front. The range of wheels – from 15 to 18 inches – and colors has also been enriched, with 9 totalities, two of which are new and 4 versions. An aesthetic attention aimed at enhancing the younger and more “urban” character of the new Ibiza, which is also reflected in the interiors.
The display screen, for example, has been enlarged to 8.2 inches for a better use of all the infotainment and connectivity services, among which the Seat Connect stands out, which – vocally activated with a “Hola Hola” – provides a whole series of information on the route, on the nearest petrol stations and also on nearby bars and restaurants.
“We were the first to implement apps such as Whatsapp, Shazam, Spotify and Alexa – said Pierantonio Vianello, Seat Italia director – For us, technology is definitely a strong point”. A lot of attention, in short, on the more “social” and technological aspects of driving, but also on safety, since the new version of Ibiza (and Arona) counts on a rich package of Adas, including Travel Assist, Lane Assist, Side Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition and High Beam Assist.
In a journey of about three hours, in fact, you can enjoy both the new and larger display positioned in the center of the central console, from which all the infotainment part is managed, and the 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit, the fulcrum of the instrumentation. all digital of Ibiza and “logbook”: “We wanted to give new technologies to digital customers – confirms Vianello – And in the last year we have invested 30 million in research and development to increase the level of security”.
The Arona offers the same functionality as the Ibiza, with different color combinations for the bodywork and interiors and different engines.
Seat Ibiza and Seat Arona, the engines
The engine range of Ibiza and Arona has been updated and includes the 95hp or 110hp 1.0 TSI petrol and the top of the range 150hp 1.5-liter EcoTSI. The offer is completed by the 1.0 TGI 90 HP methane engine, available exclusively with a manual gearbox, while all the other variants can also be equipped with the 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
A technology, based on methane, which Seat cares very much: “Let’s dispel a false myth, the network of distributors in recent years has expanded to 1,500 points throughout Italy, moreover methane can be done self-service. It is important to remember that important exemptions can be obtained with methane and the price is much lower and not comparable to LPG and petrol “.
Seat Ibiza, prices
The Seat promotion provides for an introductory price for Ibiza of 13,900 euros or an installment of 119 euros per month (3,193 euros advance, 3.99% fixed TAN – 5.67% APR) for the Reference version with 1.0 MPI 80 HP engine, o from 15,500 euros o 119 euros per month for the one with a methane engine 1.0 TGI 90 CV (advance 3,327.79 euros, fixed TAN 3.99% – APR 5.46%) for the Reference version with engine 1.0 MPI 80 CV or from € 15,500, or the possibility of paying in installments of € 119 per month for the one with a methane engine 1.0 TGI 90 CV (advance of € 3,327, fixed TAN 3.99% – APR 5.46%). The non-discounted price list starts at € 16,350 and goes up to € 23,600.
Seat Arona, prices
The list price of the new Arona is 19,300 euros, which drops to 16,000 with the promotion for the Reference 1.0 TSI 95 CV version. It is also possible to take advantage of the payment in installments at 139 euros per month with an advance of 3,129 euros (TAN 3.99% fixed – APR 5.42%). The trim levels are Reference, Style, Xperience and FR, top of the range at 24,550 euros.
Seat Ibiza version 2021, the card
What is that: the renewed version of Seat’s B segment
Dimensions: length 4.06 meters, width 1.78 meters, height 1.44 meters, step 2.56 meters
Trunk: 355 liters
Engines: five petrol engines (TSI) with power outputs from 80 (59 kW) to 150 hp (110 kW) and a 90 hp (66 kW) natural gas engine
Exchange: six-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed dual-clutch DSG
Advantages: comfort, technological equipment, driving dynamics
Defects: The navigator, while relying on Google Maps via a smartphone cable, is not always user friendly
Production: Martorell, Spain
Prices: The Ibiza starts in promotion from 13,900 euros, 16,350 not discounted