SEAT Ibiza FR review – Spot the Welcoming Changes

The SEAT Ibiza FR is the second major “surgical facelift” in the lifetime of the company’s seven-year-old Ibiza line. Also, it is a subtle one at that. However, it still remains a smart and attractive vehicle that will be able to visually appeal as it keeps advancing as the years go by.

SEAT Ibiza FR review - Spot the Welcoming Changes

New Features and Specs Make the SEAT Ibiza FR a Welcoming Addition to the Lineup

For its features, the SEAT Ibiza FR has new LED daytime running lights, fresh alloy wheel designs, and additional colors are what you’re going to get for the changes on its exterior. The car manufacturer insists that they have listened to their customers’ feedback and that they have worked harder when it comes to the car’s interiors.

Speaking of the Ibiza FR and it’s cabin, you will notice many things the previous model had has now gone up in smoke. The scratchy plastics of the old car have been softened down and the dated switchgear is now modernized to bring it in line with the Leon. The general fit and finish of the intuitive layout can, and will be able to meet the expectations of a VW Group product.

Besides all of the design changes, perhaps the most welcoming change in this newer model is that the old car’s fiddly radio has been trashed. There now sits a touchscreen unit across the range which some would say has official brought the car line into the 21st century. The display measures in at only five inches and is in monochrome. However, this is only for the base model as there is a higher-priced variant wherein the company offers a Media System Plus, which is a slick 6.5-inch display and sat-nav.

The car is now also one of the cheapest in the market that comes with the “Full Link” feature. This feature will include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Mirrorlink Smartphone connections. In fact, it works well. Perhaps the only weird thing about it is the steep rake at which it is angled on the dashboard.

When looking under its exteriors, you will find a new 1.0 liter “EcoTsi” turbocharged petrol engine. It can be in either 94bhp or 108bhp. For the latter, it is only available in range-topping FR specs with a DSG gearbox.

Driving experience for the SEAT Ibiza FR is smooth and punchy at the same time. It also feels refined, although it is clearly better suited for a manual transmission. Still, it is worth noting that the lower-output 1.0-liter engine feels almost as energetic as its higher-output counterpart.


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