SEAT has revealed the fifth generation of the popular Ibiza supermini. It will go on sale in Ireland in July 2017 and will be sold as a five door only.

The new car sits on the new MQB A0 modular platform and promises a major move forward in safety, design, performance and comfort. The new SEAT Ibiza is the Volkswagen Group’s first model to use this platform.

The new car has an edgier, sportier design, featuring more sculpted and streamlined surfaces than the outgoing model. It has increased in width by 87 mm but is 2 mm shorter and 1 mm lower than the previous model, yet will still be bigger inside. Leg room in the back has increased by 35 mm, while the head room has gone up by 24 mm in the front seats and 17 mm in the back. The boot is bigger by 63 litres, bringing its total capacity to 355 litres.

There will be four petrol engines to choose from in the new Ibiza range. The first option is the 1.0 MPI with 75hp, next up a three cylinder 1.0 TSI with 95 or 115 PS, along with a turbocompressor, intercooler and direct injection. A new 1.5 TSI will be available in late 2017 with four cylinders and 150 PS. Efficient 1.6 TDI diesel engines will come in 80, 95 and 115 PS varieties.

The gearboxes available are a manual 5-speed transmission for the 95 PS and lower engines and a 6-speed transmission for the more powerful engines. The dual-clutch DSG 7-speed gearbox is another of the options available on the new SEAT Ibiza.

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The interior of the 2017 SEAT Ibiza

The new SEAT Ibiza will be available in 4 trims: S, SE, FR and Xcellence.

FR and Xcellence will be offered at the same price, but FR is the sporty one with rear diffuser, exclusive front bumper, sport suspension and exclusive exterior black pack, while XCellence trim aims at reaching new customers looking for comfort, elegance and technology.

The new SEAT Ibiza features Front Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Keyless Entry System with heartbeat engine start button, a new generation of front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera with a higher quality and precision reflected in a premium 8’’ touchscreen with glass panel. There will also be Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Mirror Link for full smartphone integration.

Caroline Kidd