The 2016 Seat Ibiza Cupra is technically an updated version of its popular predecessor, yet there are a number of exciting all-new features in this thoroughbred Spanish hot-hatch.
Chief among them is a new 1.8 litre engine, delivering 189bhp (compared to the previous 178bhp) and 236lb ft of torque. It can hit 62mph in 6.7 seconds and boasts a top speed of 146mph. The standard Cupra also comes with cruise control, the XDS electronic front diff lock, adaptive dampers and bi-Xenon adaptive headlights.
The UK's motoring press have been reviewing the car ahead of its launch in January 2016 – and the response has been very positive.
Autocar's Vicky Parrott says the new Cupra offers "snappy pace and predictable response", and that it is "fun" and “invigorating" to drive.
Parrott also says the Cupra is "satisfyingly brutish"; just what lovers of Seat's hot-hatches have come to expect.
Featuring a six-speed manual gearbox (as found in the Polo GTI), buyers will find a generous selection of as-standard connectivity technology on-board the Cupra, including a 5.0in touchscreen with Bluetooth, USB and DAB.
For Evo's Dan Prosser, the Ibiza Cupra delivers great performance and styling. He also points out that the car features a number of significant – and positive – changes, and that it represents great value for money.
Top Gear's Matt Robinson says the Ibiza Cupra compares favourably with the Polo GTI, offering more kit for a lower price.
Robinson says the Cupra has "excellent steering, masses of grip, strong brakes, superb body control", and that the exhaust sounds more thrilling than that of its VW rival.
According to the Top Gear review, the Ibiza Cupra is among the best hot hatches out there – ranking alongside the Peugeot 208 GTi and the Vauxhall Corsa VXR Performance Pack.
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