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’s 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 models even feature plush suede-like Alcantara seats as standard.
Everything feels solid and hard-wearing, but the Ibiza’s cabin design is pretty forgettable
Entry-level S models 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 8.0-inch colour unit with Bluetooth as standard, but you’ll still have to hand over £145 for a digital radio and a whopping £660 for satellite navigation.
A much better option is to choose SEAT’s optional Full Link system. This £150 extra comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink as standard so you’ll be able to use many of your smartphone’s features – such as sat nav, music playback and messaging apps – through the Ibiza’s screen. Mid-range FR and top-spec Xcellence models come with all these features as standard.
The upgraded 8.0-inch system is easy to use and comes with crisp, clear graphics and logical, responsive menus. The stereo volume is controlled by a physical knob and other key features, such as the sat nav, phone and radio, all have dedicated buttons on the touchscreen so they’re easy to access on the move.
A Beats audio upgrade is available for a modest £395 but, unless you’re serious about sound quality then stick with the standard stereo – it’s loud and bassy enough to embarrass the kids on the school run. A handy wireless phone charger is also available for £160.