SEAT has expanded its Ibiza range to include the more affordable 1.4 and 1.6 Sport models.
Priced at R122 490 for the 1.4 and R139 950 for the 1.6 Sport, it brings the Ibiza range within reach of a much wider market segment.
The Ibiza 1.4 is powered by a 1 390 cc engine capable of 63 kW at 5 000 r/min and 130 Nm of torque available at 3 800 r/min. A five-speed manual gearbox drives the front wheels.
This allows the Ibiza 1.4 to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 11.9 seconds with a top speed of 180 km/h. According to SEAT the average fuel consumption is 6.5-litres per 100 km in the combined cycle.
Standard equipment on the 1.4 model includes a CD-based audio system, air-conditioning, power assisted steering and key-operated central locking, to name but a few.
On the safety side it gets ABS assistance for the braking system and dual front airbags as standard equipment.
Moving up a notch to the new Ibiza 1.6 Sport, this model offers 74 kW at 5 500 r/min and accompanying torque of 140 Nm at 3 250 r/min. Again, a five-speed manual gearbox powers the front wheels.
Against the clock, the Ibiza 1.6 Sport will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 11.7 sec going on to a top speed of 187 km/h. The claimed fuel consumption is 7.3-litres per 100 km in the combined cycle.
In terms of standard equipment, it shares the same basic features as the Ibiza 1.4 but with several other value-added items.
Visually, the Ibiza 1.6 Sport's persona is perked up with the addition of 15-inch alloy wheels. On the inside there is a leather covered sports steering wheel and gearshift knob as well as front sport seats.
Further comfort items include remote control central locking, power-operated front windows electrically operated side mirrors - all as standard.
As with all Ibiza models on offer in South Africa, a 3-year or 120 000 km warranty comes as standard. Service intervals are pegged at 15 000 km and there is the option to purchase a 5-year or 90 000 km service plan.
SEAT models are fully imported and supported by Volkswagen of South Africa.