Seat has simply introduced the renovation of its two jewels in gross sales this yr. The primary of them, Seat Arona, the main mannequin in the Spanish market till June with 12,686 models and a 9.2% share. “It should be the best-selling car of the yr in Spain and we’ll attempt to do the double with the Ibiza”, in accordance with Mikel Palomera, basic director of Seat and Cupra Spain. And the second, which is the one that issues us right this moment: the legendary Ibiza, of which 9,724 models have been offered till June and which ranks third in the nationwide gross sales rating.
Greater than half of gross sales
In Spain, Ibiza and Arona characterize greater than half – 53% – of the model’s gross sales, owned by the Volkswagen group. In the relaxation of the international locations, 40%.
Relating to variations, 90% of the gross sales of the Ibiza in Spain are of the vary of mechanical 1.Zero gasoline and 110 horses. Of those clients, 60% select the Model end and 20% the FR.
Seat Ibiza and Seat Arona 2021.
The dynamic take a look at of the new Ibiza ran this week between Bilbao, going up Plentzia to Bermeo, passing via Gaztelugatxe after which happening to the motorway and heading down the street to Vitoria, and at last arriving at a landlord previous Lemoa. A complete of 105 kilometers, for which We selected the 1.Zero model with 110 horses, with a 6-speed DSG computerized transmission, with the Xcellence end, whose checklist worth is 22,930 euros.
The last Ibiza?
The Seat Ibiza is a car that I used to be born in 1984. On the street to 40 years of historical past, with 5 generations, a number of restylings and 6 million models offered behind it, it’s inevitable to really feel a sure nostalgia for this car. Reminiscences come to my reminiscence of that Ibiza of my uncle Enrique -of which the then Prince Felipe de Bourbon additionally had one-. It was white with grey plastic fenders, to keep away from undesirable scratches, and a GLX end. A really useful car, with analog instrumentation and sq. shapes. That car had a gasoline engine with 4 cylinders, which cubed 1.5 liters and a energy of 85 horsepower., with five-speed guide transmission.
Facet view of the Seat Ibiza 2021.
It was the early 90’s. The Ibiza may even be the official car of the Barcelona 92 Olympics. That yr, the SXI model with 110 horsepower was already on the market and whose engine cowl bore an inscription that learn ‘System Porsche’.
Emissions restriction in the EU
The EU has simply shortened time to market by January 1, 2035, inside the member international locations, to vehicles that emit emissions. It’s potential that the new Ibiza is the last of its collection, at least, as we now have recognized it to date. Small combustion vehicles will be meaningless from 2025 in the EU, given the restrictions on emissions that convey with it the Euro VII commonplace and that they’ll elevate their value and, due to this fact, their worth.
The truth is, this technology of the Ibiza not has a diesel model. It simply doesn’t work out anymore. S you’ll be able to select a GNC model (compressed pure fuel), out there with the 1.Zero TGI engine, 102 horsepower and beginning at a checklist worth of 19,800 euros. There may be not, nor will there be, any additional hybridization.
Inevitable additionally evaluate the new Ibiza with the 2019 mannequin, as a result of externally, the restyling is minimal, and as a result of my associate purchased it for his day after day. There was no extra Fundamental: 1.0, 65hp Tri-cylinder, Handbook, w / hubcap... Fortunately it had bluetooth and computerized lights as commonplace. A zero kilometer discount, from a failed (or surplus) sale to a rent-a-car, in accordance with the vendor.
Seat Ibiza 2021 rear.
And blue, similar to the new Seat Ibiza that the group assigned us of the model to carry out this dynamic take a look at.
At the wheel
However sufficient rambling. We began, maybe, the last Ibiza of combustion. Urgent a button, we get going. Inside, the adjustments are noticeable, particularly with the fundamental Ibiza that we now have at dwelling. Right here we discover a new central contact display, with very intuitive menus as we have already got in the Seat Len and in greater fashions.
Behind the multifunction steering wheel, we now have digital instrumentation, Digital Cockpit that additionally incorporate the older brothers of the model and Cupra, which permits completely different views relying on whether or not we would like the browser, the journey information, the music or the phone to prevail.
Talking of the cellphone, we had the route via an iPhone, linked by way of cable and whose graphics have been projected by way of Apple Car on the heart display. Regardless of the iPhone being linked, I had no drawback connecting my cellular by way of bluetooth.
Even throughout the journey, from my cell phone, I listened to the press convention of the Vice President of the European Fee, Frans Timermans, explaining the emission restrictions for 2035; all this whereas the route continued to be projected on the central display from the iPhone.
Linked, listening to Timermans, I depart Bilbao and with out realizing it I’m passing Plenzia and heading up the street from Armintza in the direction of Bakio. Uphill and curves. I give attention to the street and go full throttle. After I get to the first onerous braking, the Ibiza responds completely. I stroll tougher as a result of I understand that I’ve no paddles behind the steering wheel for the computerized transmission.
They don’t seem to be needed, however they’ll add to the enjoyable. Braking will get us into the curve with out understeer. In the event you slide behind when exiting as a result of the street is moist. The tires give me confidence after the first step, so we go on to hyperlink curves with out stopping.
Inside of the Seat Ibiza 2021 with Xcellence end.
A colleague with a Seat Arona 1.5 overtakes me and I discover that with the model of the Ibiza that I carry, I’m not following him when accelerating uphill. I’m lacking some torque. However as I acquire confidence in the curves, I brake later and the Arona serves as my information. The Ibiza helps are good and the suspension has a good stability to hyperlink curves with out stopping and with out the car giving any lurch.
I did the complete climb in Sport mode, and full throttle to attempt to comply with the associate. Upon bequeathing to Gaztelugatxe, the on-board pc learn 10.eight liters common consumption.
Digital Cockpit of the Seat Ibiza.
Reducing in ECO mode
Checked the Sport mode, we go to ECO mode to make the descent to the landlord the place we’re going to cease and eat. You possibly can inform from the smoother engine reactions and the sluggish DSG gearbox, but it surely is sufficient to pull extra on the brake to carry the Ibiza easily. After 15 kilometers of curves they didn’t discover the fatigue.
Don’t forget that the Ibiza is a car of 4.05 meters with 2.56 m. battle which makes the utilitarian ones good for these buzzing traces. Some measurements that don’t change with the restyling as neither do the 355 liters of trunk capability.
Once you get to the landlord consumption had dropped to 7 liters, with what in the complete journey the common it stayed in the 9 liters. Seat approves a median consumption in WLTP for this 5.5-liter model.
Digital Cockpit of the Seat Ibiza.
Briefly, the Seat Ibiza continues to be the mannequin that competes with the Skoda Fabia as the gateway for brand new clients to the Volkswagen group. It has a sexy design and quite a few arguments to proceed successful clients, even somebody previous like me, who does it out of nostalgia for having the feeling that we face the last Ibiza of combustion.
The pushed variant, with label C DGT environmental commonplace, certifies emissions of 126 grams of CO2 per kilometer and, from now to the finish of the yr, it’s exempt from paying the Registration Tax.
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