2017 Seat Ibiza FR First ride review – price, specs, release date

The new Seat Ibiza is a thoroughly excellent all-rounder, but do big alloys and stiffer suspension help or hinder this sporty FR version?

If you haven’t read our full 16-point review on the new Seat Ibiza, that’s probably where you should start. But to quickly sum up, we think it’s really rather good: fun to drive, pleasant to sit in, roomy and great value for money.

On regular suspension – fitted to S, SE and Xcellence trims – it’s remarkably comfortable. However, Seatexpects most buyers to be seduced by sporty looking FR trim, with its chiselled bodykit, twin exhausts and chunky 17in alloys – and that comes with lower and stiffer sports suspension, whether you want it or not.

On one hand, the sports suspension could make the Ibiza even more nimble and fun to drive. But even if it does, you probably won’t appreciate it if the payback is a punishingly firm ride. After all, the Ibiza FR isn’t a hot hatch – it’s just an everyday small car with a light dusting of sportiness.

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