The Ibiza’s dashboard is clear, simple to use and feels well screwed together – it’s just a shame there isn’t a bit more colour to liven the place up
The SEAT Ibiza interior is neatly organised and easy to use. A few colour-coded plastic strips make sure it isn’t an overbearing sea of black and grey but it’s still a rather drab affair and a far cry from the Citroen C3’s funky left-field design.
The materials on the dashboard and centre console are less forgiving than the soft-touch plastics you’ll find in a VW. Thankfully, it doesn’t feel like SEAT has cut any drastic corners with regards to build quality. Besides the easy-to-fray headlining, everything feels well-built and fairly robust – top-spec Xcellence cars even feature plush suede-like Alcantara seats as standard.
Everything feels solid and hard-wearing, but the Ibiza’s cabin design is pretty forgettable
SEAT Ibiza S cars come with an old-fashioned 5.0-inch black and white touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, but that’s it – even DAB digital radio is a £145 option. SE models come with a larger and far more modern 6.5-inch colour unit with Bluetooth as standard, but you’ll still have to pay extra for DAB digital radio and satellite navigation.
If you do hand over the extra cash, you’ll find the sat nav is easy to program and the maps are bright and easy to read. The screen responds almost instantly if you swipe and pinch to preview your route ahead – just like a smartphone – and it’s dead easy to add a waypoint such as a petrol station.
Pay extra for SEAT’s optional Full Link system – or upgrade to an SE Technology model and above – and you also get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink as standard. These features let you use many of your smartphone’s features – such as sat nav, music playback and messaging apps – through the Ibiza’s screen.
The Full Link system also comes with a larger 8.0-inch display that’s easier to read and mostly as simple to use. The stereo volume is controlled by a physical knob but other key features, such as the sat nav, phone and radio, are accessed by a few large icons on the touchscreen that appear when you wave your hand near the display. It’s a clever idea but isn’t quite as intuitive to use as a set of old-fashioned buttons.
The SEAT Ibiza’s stereo isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s certainly loud and bassy enough to embarrass the kids on the school run. You can also get a handy wireless phone charger to make sure low battery won’t put a stop to your tunes.