2016 SEAT Ibiza Cupra gets upgraded & priced

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So the SEAT Ibiza has a “new look” to it.

Getting a little long in the tooth the design that first surfaced in 2007 is still going, albeit a bit tweaked.

This latest incarnation of the Cupra has received some rather noteworthy upgrades.

Firstly it has a 1.8 TSi engine. It only has a modest 12 PS increase in power but fundamentally a boost of 70 Nm of torque giving it a heft 320Nm. As previously mentioned it was a little lacking in that department.

0-62 comes up in 6.7 seconds.

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Something we rather liked about the last Cupra was the DSG gearbox, it made the little car feel more punchy and rather engaging to drive for a hot hatch. This time the DSG has been removed, instead you get a 6 speed manual.

You also get larger front brakes and adaptable dampers with two drive modes – Sport & Comfort.

Another improvement is on the interior, the little Ibiza gets some cues from its bigger brother the Leon. SEAT say:

…premium and tactile touches including a new steering wheel, air vents, instrument panel and infotainment systems.

Prices start at £18,100 and are in showrooms now.

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