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by Matt Brogan

Seat have launched the long-awaited turbo-diesel variants of its popular Ibiza range to the UK this week.

With a market share of 1.5 per cent in the UK, the sporty Spanish models are certain to boost Seat’s figures again in 2010.

The two variants include the base-model Ibiza FR TDI (show below in grey), with a starting price of £16,465 (AUD$29,195), or the sporty three-door Ibiza SC TDI (shown above and below in red – pricing yet to be announced).

The new TDI models develop 105kW from their common-rail, Euro V compliant engines and are mated exclusively to a six-speed manual gearbox. 0-100km/h is dealt with in 8.2 seconds (8.3 seconds for the five-door) with a top speed claimed at 210km/h.

Fuel economy is also a strong selling point with an average combined figure of just 3.7L/100km. CO2 output is 119g/km.

The fast yet frugal Seat Ibiza SC TDI also features the clever new XDS electronic ‘virtual’ limited slip differential – as found in the new Mark VI Volkswagen Golf GTI. The electronic differential joins a standard equipment list that also includes climate control and ESC.

“The arrival of the Ibiza FR TDI signals our intention to make SEAT a leader in the supermini sector,” said SEAT UK’s Ibiza Product Manager, Mr Andy McGregor.

“The exceptional success of the Leon FR TDI – it’s the best-selling model in the entire Leon range – proves beyond doubt that we understand the needs of today’s hot hatch fans.

“The outstanding economy, and performance, offered by these new Ibiza FR TDI models means these cars, too, should power to the top of their class.”




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