Headroom and legroom are pretty generous in the rear seats, which will allow two gangly adults to travel comfortably, and a wide middle seat means carrying a third isn’t completely out of the question, either. At 355 litres, the boot is bigger than in a lot of the Ibiza’s competitors, and it’s a very useful square shape, too. The rear seats lie at an angle when you fold them down, and there’s also a significant loading lip to contend with, but that’s also the case with the vast majority of the Ibiza’s rivals.
The interior looks smart and sophisticated, too, especially when compared with those of many rival cars. Yes, all of the plastics you find are hard – rather than soft – to the touch, but they’re nicely finished and there are enough metallic trims and glossy panels to hike up the overall feeling of quality. A Volkswagen Polo
feels posher, but the Ibiza has the measure of most other rivals for classiness. The 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system you get on SE Technology trim and above looks really cool, and it’s reasonably easy to use, if not quite as easy as the equivalent systems in some rivals.
Most buyers see Seat as a reasonably sporty brand, and the Ibiza delivers enough ability in the corners to support that view. It feels light and agile when you’re changing direction, and, with lots of grip and keen control over its body movements, it’s good fun to fling around. True, the throttle response could be sharper, but you’ll like the snappy gearshift and responsive, nicely weighted steering. It also manages to combine that agility with a reasonably smooth ride, but while it stays comfortable most of the time, you do feel a little more edge from bumps than you do in some competitors. FR versions of the Ibiza come with a sports suspension that’s been both lowered and stiffened, but we haven’t yet had the chance to try it.