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Wed, 13 Aug 2008
Sporty Spanish brand SEAT is shrugging off the cooling effects of the credit crunch as it gears up for a sizzling September.

Buoyed by the recent launch of its most important new model of recent times, the all-new SEAT Ibiza 5dr, the firm is looking to buck the industry sales trend and make the imminent change to the ‘58’ number plate prefix a bumper month.

Key to the Spaniards’ ambitious outlook is that new supermini. Fresh from the wheels up, and sporting all manner of ‘big car’ features once the preserve only of executive models, the new five-door boasts sharp style and even sharper pricing.

Penned by ex-Lamborghini designer Luc Donckerwolke, the svelte supermini can accommodate up to five adults while, at 292 litres (seats up), its boot is among the largest in the class.

Naturally, every new Ibiza 5dr model arrives with an impressive array of comfort, style and safety features included. Even entry-level S 1.2 versions include the likes of a height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel; height adjustable driver’s seat; speed-sensitive electrohydraulic power steering; electric front windows; driver, front passenger and head-thorax front side airbags; ABS braking; remote central locking and six-speaker FM/AM RDS radio with MP3-compatible CD player.

And there’s great news on insurance groups, with the new Ibiza five-door boasting competitive ratings ranging from Group 2 for the frugal S 1.2 to just Group 5 for the lively Sport 1.6.

Add particularly competitive prices which start at just £8,995 RRP and it’s easy to see why SEAT is expecting a surge of interest in its newcomer.

Meanwhile, car buyers looking for the same stunning value on something a little larger should look no further than the perennially popular SEAT Leon.

In the run-up to September anyone purchasing a Leon 1.9 TDI, in newly-launched Emoción spec, will be able to upgrade to the superior Stylance level for free. That means a whole host of additional features including dual zone climate control, electric front and rear windows and cruise control. But best of all, at £14,350 RRP, it represents a large saving of £900 over the £15,250 RRP of the Leon Stylance 1.9 TDI.

Or they could opt for a special edition Leon Emoción 1.6, with 16” Badia alloy wheels, air conditioning, integrated fog lights and a host of other appealing features including an MP3 compatible CD player for just £13,250 RRP.

Tempting offers are also available across the entire Altea family, comprising Altea, Altea XL and Altea Freetrack 4.

Then there’s the supremely spacious and highly specified seven-seat Alhambra which is available in Stylance 2.0 TDI guise for just £19,995 – a saving of £1,500.

Finally, attractive deals are still available on Sportrider and Freerider variants of the outgoing Ibiza. These cars are crammed with extras and represent magnificent value for money with prices starting at £8,995 RRP for the Freerider 1.2 three-door.

For more information on any of the above deals, or to book a test drive, pop into a SEAT dealership, call 0500 22 22 22, or visit


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