With the annual Geneva Motor Show fast approaching – a little over a month away now – lots of glamorous new vehicles are making their way into the public eye. This, however, probably isn't one of them. What we have here is a tidy little station wagon made by Volkswagen's flamboyant Spanish cousin.
Following the three- and five-door hatchback models of the new SEAT Ibiza, the ST joins the family as the the third body style. It's about seven inches longer than the hatchback, the bulk of the stretch hanging over the rear to provide a touch more versatility.
Otherwise, from the C-pillar forward (and ignoring some of the lowest-profile roof rails we've seen yet) it's pretty much the same as the Ibiza we already know, with power coming from a range of engines (three gasoline and three common-rail diesels) with the growing implementation of direct injection and turbocharging for increased response and economy. Details in the press release after the jump.
SEAT Ibiza ST – compact dynamics with great usability
- Sporty estate is the third model in the Ibiza line-up
- Expressive design with plenty of load capacity
- Dynamic driving fun with high safety levels
- Six efficient engines, new 1.2 TDI and 1.2 TSI
The stylists at SEAT Design have taken the highly functional concept of the Ibiza ST and clad it in the Spanish brand's unique design language. Despite the estate layout and generous load capacity, it retains the youthful, sporty character of the Ibiza range. The roofline stretches rearwards, the rear overhang is integrated perfectly into the overall design and the tight span of its flanks lends tautness to its proportions. The front end bears the hallmark SEAT "arrow design"; with the rear end receiving a new look courtesy of the split rear light clusters.
With a length of 4.23 metres, the Ibiza ST is no less than 18 centimetres longer than the Ibiza. This creates ample load capacity to satisfy all the requirements of a sporty and mobile lifestyle. The base capacity of 430 litres is already comparatively generous, and can be increased in stages by folding the split rear seat. Engineers paid particularly close attention to the optimal width and low height of the load opening. Overall, the bodyshell is finished to the high levels of precision and stiffness characteristic of all SEAT models.
The interior of the Ibiza ST is impressively spacious, with an accomplished and high quality character. The designers and engineers paid close attention to the tiniest detail; every single element is functional, practical to use and meticulously crafted, as evidenced by the high material quality and tight tolerances. The cockpit feels taut. Circular air vents, a short gear stick – the emotional character expressed by the design of the Ibiza ST is clearly evident in the interior, too.
Sporty dynamics with a high degree of efficiency is par for the course for every SEAT. The basis for this is delivered by state-of-the-art engines, with the Ibiza ST offering a choice of three petrol and three TDI units with common-rail injection. Four of the six engines operate with direct injection and turbocharging. They span an output range of between 51 and 77 kW (70 to 105 hp). Particular highlights include the exceptionally efficient 1.2 TDI and 1.2 TSI.
Another guarantee of agility and dynamics comes from the precise and safe running gear. Together with the excellent equipment of the three model lines Reference, Style and Sport, as well as the broad range of hi-tech optional equipment – such as the dual-clutch transmission – this makes the Ibiza ST the one to beat in the small estate car segment. Especially as excellent value for money is an integral part of the youthful character that defines this kind of SEAT.