Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Ibiza Is Some Party Animal

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Ibiza Is Some Party Animal

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Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON

IT'S party time in Ibiza and we're not talking about the trendy nightspots on Spain's sunshine holiday island.

An all-new version of Seat's top-selling hatchback is ready to roll and it is as stylish as it's cool and trendy.

With vibrant paint jobs and sharp body lines the new Ibiza is packed with appeal for young drivers.

The Ibiza is as much a fashion statement on four wheels as it is a practical supermini.

On sale mid-July the new Ibiza will be priced from around pounds 9,000.

SEAT has still to announce prices for the new line up but it is likely they will be a few hundred pounds more than the current range which tops out just shy of pounds 14,000.

The Ibiza is the first model to use a new compact platform developed by Seat's parent company Volkswagen.

Those underpinnings will go on to form the basis for the next generation VW Polo and Skoda Fabia, which makes the Ibiza an incredibly important car.

It's bigger all round than the outgoing model and styled by Luc Donckerwolke, the former design chief of Lamborghini, another part of the VW empire.

With such credentials it is almost impossible for the new Ibiza to miss the target - and in the metal it hits the bulls eye.

When it comes to handling the new Ibiza is moving up to pole position among the current crop of super minis. Rock solid and absolutely precise it is much more composed than anything else around - and that includes the likes of the award winning Vauxhall Corsa.

Only the new Ford Fiesta could come close - and that won't be on sale for many months.

Initially the new Ibiza will be available as a five door with a choice of three petrol engines - 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6-litre - and a 1.9-litre diesel. The 1.4 diesel is disappearing from the line up. …

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