Past facelift: The fifth generation Seat Ibiza delivers the goods

Last week I received a super-mini car, a super-super in my eyes, with which I have a past and present – a Seat Ibiza. But not just an Ibiza, but an Ibiza at the FR trim level, with a 1.5-liter engine with 150 hp. I have always had a fondness for Ibiza, and in general, I have a fondness for cars of this category, perhaps because they serve me and my needs best. 2018 I had such a great fondness for it, that I decided to purchase a new one (manual!) With a 1,000 cc engine. The decision came with the encouragement of my partner, who decided that after two years of struggling it was my time to decide (and he knows how hard it is for me), which car to buy for our little family on a daily basis, or in other words, which car I personally will drive the child from home to home. Jumps to arrangements in between.

In front of my eyes were parameters such as usability, performance, price, reliability and most importantly – cost versus benefit. I was less interested in fuel consumption data, car sales in the coming years (how easy it will be to sell it, and sell at a good price), price list maintenance (following the previous parameter), etc. What’s more, the Ibiza also meets these. And here, before I write about the road test that was, and the facelift that the new Ibiza has gone through, I can say that this is one of the outstanding cars in the market in comparison to the cost of the vehicle versus the benefit that the vehicle will give you. And the Seat brand in general, like Skoda in the last decade, is very surprisingly good.

This year, the Seat Ibiza underwent a facelift of the fifth generation (launched in Israel at the end of 2017), a generation that brought us another Ibiza – more mature, advanced and equipped, with more spacious dimensions, which put it completely into the consideration of small families of three to four people. The annoying turbocharged engines have been replaced by a more modern and economical liter and a half engine, and as mentioned, also more comfort and safety equipment.

Last November, Champion Motors, an importer of Seat to Israel, began marketing the updated versions of the vehicle. An update that includes minor exterior changes, such as the new inscription on the trunk in handwriting font, a new design for the wheel rims, a logo in matte chrome and the addition of ECO LED headlights (as standard). The STYLE version also offers browned rear windows and 15-inch alloy wheels, and the tested version, the FR version also adds a sunroof, electric panoramic roof window, FULL LED rear and front headlights, sporty exhaust and 18-inch alloy wheels.

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The cabin has also been revitalized, in appearance and quality of materials. There is a new multimedia system with a large, floating “touch” screen, measuring 9.2 inches, compared to 8.25 inches in the liter versions. The new system “speaks Hebrew”, and includes a new graphical interface, which exists in other vehicles in the group. The more I encounter this interface, the more I realize how inconvenient and intuitive it is to use. A kind of interface-to-interface connection, which creates a lack of flow and complication in switching between settings and options (for example, switching from the Wise app to media / radio). Yes, it can be said that there is a great deal of information for the user. Most of it is useful information, which includes brief explanations of the comfort and safety systems in the Seat Ibiza.

Seat Ibiza (Photo: Seat Ibiza)

When you enter the cab, you notice a big change. The updated Ibiza, after the facelift, is elegant, beautiful and more pleasant to stay. It gets a new steering wheel, beautifully designed and also useful, with new operating switches, as well as newly designed vents. Above the finish levels, a FULL LINK system is added, for connecting the Apple Car Play, good split climate control, keyless opening and propulsion, skin touches on the steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake, and the audio system gets six excellent speakers, providing surprising quality sound, instead of four speakers. The opener. In the FR version being tested, there are all these and more, such as beautiful red mood lighting, which adds a lot of character to the car as evening falls, and driving conditions are so desirable, in the young car in spirit, and therefore, the price climbs up to 124,900 shekels.

Opposite the versions of the 1.0-liter TSI (turbo) engine with 110 hp and DSG automatic transmission, stands the FR version with 1.5-liter TSI (turbo) engine, with 150 hp, and a maximum torque of 25.5 kg “M, mated to a 7-speed gearbox (DSG), and has acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.2 seconds. These technical data can distill the feeling of driving a car – what a feeling 150 horsepower gives, on a car weighing 1,200 kilos. I will answer, feeling great. Already in the first accelerations, I have not yet switched to sport driving mode, or used shifters for manual transmission behind the wheel, the feeling is of a small and vigorous aircraft. With no gear or engine pauses, I had such fun jumps that I was filled with envy that this was not my private Ibiza.

The Ibiza FR is “planted in the ground” on the go, and very enjoyable for urban and long-distance maneuvering, like all its model and brand sisters. – 10) .There is a limit to what a car in its category and its price level can provide. And yet, it provides a lot. 355 liters in the trunk at the back, and around, comfort and safety equipment of a high standard, for less than 100,000 shekels (for the liter version, 110 hp).

The Ibiza, after the “mid-life” update, is equipped with active safety systems, such as front distance monitoring, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a driver fatigue warning system, a system that helps prevent secondary accidents, active lane departure control, which I rank in a low place , There are benefits from it, adaptive cruise control, and at the FR finish level there is also a rear parking camera and front and rear parking sensors.

News and events

Delek Motors, an importer of BMW to Israel, has begun marketing the brand’s unique technological “flagship”, the brand’s BMW iX (pictured below), the first model based on a new, modular and expandable platform, on which Group B will be based. In the future, the new electric crossover is marketed with dual propulsion, in two high-power engine versions, four trim levels and an electric travel range of up to 600 kilometers, starting at NIS 559,000. The main exhibition in Tel Aviv, which will be open to the public during the month of January.

BMW iX (Photo: BMW)BMW iX (Photo: BMW)

Champion Motors, an importer of Volkswagen in Israel, has begun marketing the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. The spacious seven-seater recreational vehicle will come in two new 1.5-liter engine versions, joining the existing (2.0-liter) engine version, first launched in Israel. The “AllSpace” Tiguan is marketed with a high standard equipment package, smooth from higher segments, which includes advanced active safety systems. The price of the Tiguan Allspace will start at NIS 184,900 for the Elegance finish level, and the price of the Elegance Plus finish level will be NIS 209,900 plus a licensing fee of NIS 2,407.

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