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by George Skentzos

Even though SEAT aren’t in the Australian market – and with no plans to enter in the future – its still worth sussing out what the Spanish manufacturer has to offer having just unveiled its new Ibiza range.

The work of renowned ex-Lamborghini stylist Luc Donckerwolke, the Ibiza combines Volkswagen and Audi quality switchgear for less than the price of a Golf in the UK and Europe.

2008 SEAT Ibiza five-door hatch

The new Ibiza is comfortably the largest car in the supermini class, at 4.05 metres long with luggage capacity of 292 litres.

At launch, the Ibiza will be offered with a choice of three low-displacement petrol engines – one three-cylinder and two four-cylinder units.

2008 SEAT Ibiza five-door hatch

This encompasses a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine developing 51kW, a 62kW 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine and the range topping 75kW 1.6-litre engine.

All three engines are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with VW’s seven-speed DSG automatic/sequential manual gearbox also available.

2008 SEAT Ibiza five-door hatch

It is expected that the Ibiza will also include an array of turbo-diesel models further down the line.






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