While the Spanish hatch isn't likely to land in Australia anytime soon, it's the first Volkswagen Group product to ride on the MQB A0 platform - a smaller version of the MQB component set that underpins several models including Volkswagen Golf, Tiguan and Audi A3, and will likely form the basis of the next-generation Volkswagen Polo and Audi A1.
The exclusively five-door Ibiza measures 87mm wider, 2mm shorter and 1mm lower than the car it replaces, while also offering 60mm extra length between the front and rear wheels.
Seat claims the significant gains in width and wheelbase make the fifth-generation Ibiza considerably more spacious than the previous model.
Behind the second row of seats is a 355L boot, 63L up on the previous model and the best-in-class according to Seat.
Technology highlights in the new Seat Ibiza include the availability of full-LED headlights, LED indicators and rear fog-lights, adaptive cruise control, front assist, keyless entry and start, front and rear parking sensors, rear-view camera, along with a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Under the bonnet are a range of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, including the Volkswagen Group's new 1.5-litre 'Evo' TSI petrol, developing 110kW of power.
Other options include a 1.0-litre TSI turbo triple in 70kW or 85kW tunes, along with a 1.6-litre TDI four-cylinder diesel in either 59kW or 70kW guises.
Low-output powerplants are mated as standard to a five-speed manual, while higher-spec engines are equipped with a six-speed self-shifter.
Also on offer is a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission depending on model.
Seat has sold over 5.4 million Ibizas to date, and expects the fifth-generation light hatch to build on the success of its predecessors thanks to its class-leading technology.
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