The fundamental sportiness of the Seat brand is maximised in the Seat Ibiza SportCoupe thanks to its compact coupe body. With a length of 4.034 metres and height of 1.428 metres to match its character, the proportions lend the car both agility and comfort in the city and on the motorway. Likewise, the new Volkswagen Group platform designed for this segment also favours the dynamic qualities of the new Seat Ibiza SC.
Design and precision quality are two elements that distinguish the brand's new model from its competitors. The aesthetic and practical vision of the car created by Seat Design Director Luc Donckerwolke with the SportCoupe "Bocanegra" prototype lends unique strength and personality to the 2008 Ibiza SportCoupe.
The evolution of the "Dynamic Line" and the new "Arrow Design" concept are noteworthy - the latter characterised by a lower positioning of the headlights and radiator grille for a sportier look, and the robust look of the rear features light clusters set into prominent shoulders.
Painstaking interior and exterior detailing on the new Ibiza SC include the dashboard, the instrument panel, ventilation nozzles and central console, which houses audio equipment and the Bluetooth connection, accessed via controls located on the steering column.
5-star Euro NCAP result
Safety aspects have been carefully considered, with the application of strenuous virtual simulations and real crash tests. The addition of new head-thorax airbags as standard enhances the safety credentials on the new Ibiza, while a newly defined bonnet and front bumper greatly increase pedestrian safety.
Proof of this is an excellent rating after the stringent crash tests organised by the prestigious Euro NCAP organisation - 5 stars in passenger protection, 4 stars in child safety and 3 stars in pedestrian protection.
The new Seat model can boast one of the most complete lists of safety feeatures in its segment, including standard ESP (Electronic Stability Control), Hill Hold Control - where the car remains stationary on a gradient for two seconds after the brake pedal is released prior to accelerating, and the low tyre-pressure warning system. It also includes the sweeping sidelight cornering function on the foglamps, which greatly enhances visibility in turns at speeds lower than 40 km/h.
Also noteworthy is the availability of bi-xenon + AFS (Adaptive Frontlighting System) headlights, a rear parking assistant, radio-integrated Bluetooth connection, and a portable navigation pre-installation in the centre of the dashboard.
DSG gearbox for the first time in this segment
The new Seat Ibiza SportCoupe is equipped with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox (on the 105 hp 1.6 version) for the first time in this segment, placing the Spanish brand's new car in an enviable position compared with its rivals. The new Ibiza's inherent sportiness combines with the comfort and reliability of one of the most efficient automatic transmissions on the market.
With shorter first and second gears and a smaller gear ratio, this new, twin-clutch automatic transmission provides the Seat Ibiza SportCoupe with greater acceleration. In addition, this system produces remarkable fuel consumption, since the seventh gear is ideal for long motoring trips.
The cutting-edge, emotional design of the new Seat Ibiza SportCoupe demands close scrutiny, in order to take in all the detailing created by the talented Design team led by Luc Donckerwolke.
It is quite evident that the new Seat Ibiza SportCoupe carries several elements of the SportCoupe "Bocanegra", the Seat prototype showcased at the last Geneva Motor Show, which previewed what is today the new Ibiza. To begin with, the aggressively bold arrowhead shaped front end seen on the "Bocanegra" is one of the most distinctive traits also found on the newest Seat car.
The new "Arrow Design" concept resorts to simpler, more defined geometric lines that create both balance and aesthetic continuity. The front end looks are much sportier due to the positioning of the captivating eye-shaped headlights and the radiator grille.
In profile, the car reveals two details - the position of the door mirrors and the new direction taken by the classic Seat Dynamic Line.
The door mirrors are located on the door itself beneath the base of the windows, a design trait that lends a sporty image.
Luc Donckerwolke has redefined the Dynamic Line, making it more suggestive with the aim of attracting attention at first glance, with the perfect stroke across the side of the new Ibiza.
The robust shoulders stand out at the rear, where the inset light clusters are new, the rear hatch has been newly designed, and the addition of a refined spoiler that blends in with the roofline in a perfectly designed curve lend a more compact, more suggestive look to the vehicle.
The new coupe styling reduces the new Ibiza's length and height when compared to the 5-door version, which contributes to making the Seat Ibiza SportCoupe the sportiest car in its segment. This characteristic is heightened with a new colour palette, including Fashion Colours Lumina Orange, Galia Blue, Furia Grey and Limette, since the target of the new SportCoupe is portrayed as a youthful car enthusiast who is proud of the performance delivered by the 2008 Ibiza.
The philosophy applied to designing the interior of the new Seat Ibiza SportCoupe is based on facing all the instruments toward the driver to create a sporty atmosphere to match the car's exterior.
The interior dimensions are uncluttered, resulting in greater roominess and practicality. The first thing that attracts attention is the sporty driving position, which has been lowered by 22 mm. Now there is a distance of 980 mm to the ceiling for both the driver and passenger.
Since the vehicle is longer, the boot capacity is 284 litres (17 litres greater than on the previous Ibiza). On selected versions, the side lining includes a storage net for small objects, and a recess with a strap to hold the light bulb case. Surrounding the lock there is also a recess and restraints for the emergency triangles, and there are four further optional anchor rings to attach a restraining net.
The sporty dashboard features an ergonomic driver-oriented instrument panel with two large circular dials for easy visual access.
Available across the range, some areas on the dashboard are soft to the touch. They are located away from the windscreen dazzles and feature a broader colour range, including light shades. There are also noticeably more painted components compared with the previous model, including metallic tones. The circular air nozzles guarantee the ideal air flow direction for greater passenger comfort.
Seat has carefully chosen the materials that make up the dashboard and improved the development of the textures, which are now more scratch resistant and easier to clean. In general, the visual impact is much greater than on the previous Ibiza.
Practical central console
The buttons on the console include several functions, such as the hazard lights, door locking/unlocking, TCS disconnection, tyre pressure, seat heater and a warning to indicate if the passenger airbag is disconnected.
There are also three object holders, and each one is suitable for housing an ashtray, as well as a lower side recess for a mobile phone. On the driver side there is a compartment beneath the light switch, and an integrated drawer can be optionally installed beneath the glove compartment to hold an umbrella and the emergency vest. In the lining of the lower A pillar, which is a single piece along with the sill (on the previous Ibiza there were two pieces) there is also a storage pouch.
The shape of the front seats follows a modern design. With optimised firmness, the sides give much greater support, the seats feature side stitching and there are two pockets on the rear backrest (optional on Reference) and two optional storage drawers beneath.
The passenger seat features the "Easy entry" system, where the backrest folds and slides at the same time, providing more room and better access to the rear seats.
As on the 5-door version, the new Ibiza SC features a front central armrest which is optional across the range. It is upholstered and contains a handy storage compartment. Its ergonomic position and height have been studied for easy driver access, and can be folded open 90 degrees.
ENGINES AND GEARBOX
With the arrival of the new Seat Ibiza SportCoupe, the diesel engine range of the Spanish brand's most emblematic car now features 80 hp 1.4 TDI and 90 hp 1.9 TDI versions.
The range now features three petrol and three diesel engines, all mated to 5-speed manual gearboxes except the 105 hp 1.6, which is also equipped with the efficient 7-speed DSG gearbox for the first time in this segment. All six engines fully comply with strict EU4 emissions regulations.
The Seat Ibiza SportCoupe the first vehicle in its segment equipped with the seven-speed DSG gearbox, which is both highly effective and comfortable in mid-range engines such as the 105 hp 1.6.
The new Ibiza can boast an attractively complete list of standard elements. With the introduction of ESP (Electronic Stability Control) and Hill Hold Control on the 5-door version, the Ibiza attained an enviable position within its segment. The current addition of the 7-speed DSG gearbox to the range makes the new car a veritable benchmark.
With shorter first and second gears and a smaller gear ratio, this new, twin-clutch automatic transmission provides the Ibiza with greater acceleration. Additionally, this system allows remarkably low fuel consumption, since the seventh gear is ideal for long motoring trips.
A shorter first gear has a positive effect on accelerating from standstill, and the shorter gear ratios are also more comfortable at any speed.
Designed to withstand a maximum torque of up to 250 Nm, the seven-speed DSG gearbox features two clutch packs. The outer clutch pack drives gears 1, 3, 5 and 7, while the inner clutch pack drives gears 2, 4 and 6 and reverse.
The DSG gearbox is small and lightweight at 73 kg. It is also very fast, with two gears engaged at the same time as the two independent pairs of shafts have their own clutch. When one clutch is engaged and a gear is selected, the next gear is pre-selected but the second clutch remains disengaged, depending on the vehicle speed and the amount of power being requested by the driver.
Both clutch discs on the new seven-speed DSG gearbox adopt a pair of dry, organic bonded friction linings that do not require cooling, reducing the amount of oil from 7 to just 1.7 litres. This also eliminates the need for a filter, a radiator and their corresponding hydraulic circuits, simplifying the internal system.
The four-cylinder 1.6 litre petrol engine with 16 valves and multi-point fuel injection equipped with the new DSG gearbox delivers 105 hp (77 kW) and 153 Nm of engine torque at 3,800 rpm. Despite its higher performance, fuel consumption is still contained at 6.7 litres, and CO2 emissions fall beneath 160 g at 159 g/km.
The entry-level 1.2 litre petrol engine has a three-cylinder block, a cylinder head with four valves per cylinder and multi-point fuel injection. It develops 70 hp (51 kW) and its maximum engine torque is 112 Nm at 3,000 rpm, giving it exceptional fuel economy and performance levels. Average fuel consumption is 5.9 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions are listed at 139 g/km.
The intermediate 1.4 litre petrol engine has four cylinders, a cylinder head with 16 valves and multi-point fuel injection. It delivers 85 hp (63 kW) and its maximum engine torque is 132 Nm at 3,800 rpm. As with the smallest engine, this one strikes a perfect balance between performance, consumption and emissions. Average fuel consumption is 6.2 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions are listed at 149 g/km.
Diesel range - clean and economical
The entry-level diesel engine on the new Seat Ibiza SportCoupe is the three-cylinder 1.4 TDI with DPF particulate filter and direct fuel injection pump-injector system. Delivering 80 hp, it delivers 195 Nm of engine torque at 1,800-2,200 rpm and offers magnificent fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures - an average of 4.3 litres/100 km and 114 g/km respectively.
The other new arrival is the 90 hp 1.9 TDI, also equipped with DPF. This engine completes the range midway between the 80 hp 1.4 TDI and the 105 hp 1.9 TDI. With a maximum torque of 210 Nm at 1,800-2,500 rpm, this engine provides a fuel consumption figure of only 4.5 l/100 km and emission levels of 119 g/km.
The range is complete with the 1.9 litre four cylinder TDI equipped with a direct fuel pump-injection system enhanced with an Intercooler turbo. It develops 105 hp (77 kW) and delivers a maximum torque of 240 Nm at 1,900 rpm. It features a DPF particulate filter and consumes 4.5 litres on average for every 100 km and maintains CO2 emissions at 119 g/km.