Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Isle Be Back ; Andy Enright Explores What Spanish Maker SEAT Sets out to Create When It Brings Us a New Car. Something Well Engineered, but with a Bit of Extra Latin Sparkle. Something like the Brand's Fourth Generation Ibiza

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Isle Be Back ; Andy Enright Explores What Spanish Maker SEAT Sets out to Create When It Brings Us a New Car. Something Well Engineered, but with a Bit of Extra Latin Sparkle. Something like the Brand's Fourth Generation Ibiza

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THE 'Sociedad Espanola de Automoviles de Turismo' - or 'SEAT' as we better know it - is well used to injecting a little life into the mainstream market.

Its '600' model, launched in 1957, is the fun little runabout credited with putting Spain on wheels, over a million being sold to bronzed Iberians in just eleven years. Only when Volkswagen took control of the brand in 1986 though, did its appeal start to spread to the rest of Europe, with the Ibiza supermini the sales spearhead.

e MK4 model, launched in 2008, was generally acknowledged as the company's most competitive proposition yet.

A few years on though and with toughening small car competition, it was clear that a bit of a re-think might be needed to keep this fourth generation design current. Perhaps a sharper look, a bit of extra running cost e ciency and an added touch of hitech would do the trick? All were duly delivered by the improved model we look at here, launched in the spring of 2012.

WHAT YOU GET e revised MK1 i10 range cWhichever Ibiza bodystyle you choose - ve-door hatch, ST estate or this sportier three-door SC, it won't at rst glance appear to have changed very much over the original versions of this MK4 model. But then few changes were needed.

e original angular 'arrowhead' shape was penned by stylist Luc Donckerwolke (the same guy who did the Lamborghini Gallardo supercar) and it's matured nicely, changes here being limited to subtle dierences.

If you've owned an original fourth generation Ibiza model before, it'll be a bit like seeing an old friend who's had Botox on the sly.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR e Ibiza doesn't throw up too much in terms of issues.

Corrosion is simply not an issue with SEATs and another reason why resale values are high. e alloy wheels on the Cupra models are very prone to kerb rash and look for crash damage and tired tyres.

Check that the electronic systems work as advertised as there have been a few minor owner grumbles about warning lights spuriously appearing and then disappearing. …

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