2013 SEAT Ibiza Cupra review
By Ian Lynas, 04th February 2013
The new SEAT Ibiza Cupra delivers a fun and rewarding drive and it's as tasty as a Lily O'Briens double choc chip cookie.
This newcomer twins Spanish passion and German engineering and rightly deserves the mantle as flagship of the Ibiza range, which went under major revisions in April of last year.
I never fail to be impressed with the amazing 1.4-litre engine from the Volkswagen Group and it is this little gem, with 180PS, which powers the new Ibiza Cupra.
Just in case you already did not know, Cupra is short for Cup Racing.
My opportunity to try this new dazzler from SEAT came in its native country and on roads which wind and twist their way above the city of Barcelona: the Ibiza Cupra came into its own with pin sharp handling. Yes, the ride is 'firmish' and it will be interesting to see how it reacts on our roads in Northern Ireland.
The twin-charged engine (turbo and supercharger) provides power throughout the range. Rest to 62mph arrives in just 6.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 142mph.
The standard seven-speed twin-clutch DSG automatic gearbox with steering wheel mounted paddles is a joy to use.
Styling is sporty as you'd expect, both exterior and interior. I was taken with the 17-inch Barcino alloys, the exclusive front and rear bumpers and the large single race-style exhaust. Moving to the interior and the hip hugging Cupra sports seats provide both comfort and grip.
The overall specification is impressive, Bi-xenon headlights with adaptive front lighting system, LED daytime running lights and rear lights, automatic headlamps and wipers, ESC, with Emergency Brake Assust, anti-slip regulation and an XDS diff.
Stopping power is courtesy of a high performance braking system with discs all round and there is the option of an AP Racing brake kit.
Apart from the performance and the sheer fun that this SEAT delivers, there is a practical side to this sporting three door Cupra, the boot capacity varies from 236-882 litres and four adults can travel in comfort.
You can put your name down now for the Ibiza Cupra and the cost is £18,750 - an extra £1,000 gets the AP Brake kit.
The Cupra name was first used by SEAT back in 1996 on an Ibiza special edition model which commemorated victory for the company in the WRC two-litre class. That car was powered by a two litre 16 valve petrol engine which produced 30PS less than the new Ibiza Cupra.