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Test SEAT Ibiza Cupra, good performance at a good price

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Published at Thursday, March 24th 2016, 03:53:31 AM by Leonard J. Martinez. Seat.

In 1996 a legend words and Racing Cup came together to give life to a new denomination within the SEAT brand as a result of the victory in the World Rally in the category of 2.0 liters was forged. From the union of these two words was born Cupra name a name currently used to designate the most powerful and prestacionales signature models Martorell as the SEAT Ibiza Cupra we tested this week.

It was precisely the SEAT Ibiza model Brand Manager surname Cupra and since then since 1996 has always had this sporty alternative in the range. In the fourth generation of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra Spanish car maker flirted a formula that even today fails to convince between petrolhead blending sportiness with a diesel 1.9-liter 160 hp block that made the Spanish utility segment leader.

We are currently before the sixth version of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra sixth version which can be considered as an evolution of the model presented in 2009 and fortunately or unfortunately look as you want is only available with a block 1.4-liter TSI curious architecture that develops a negligible amount of power for a car of this package 180 hp. In addition to mechanically separate from other parts of "Ibizas" also do it with a striking body kit with a special paint.

The front is still aggressive but less flashy and tacky thanks to a sleek design that is characterized by the Cupra logo and the now classic vents between the grille and bumper. Profile highlights new 17-inch wheels hiding generously sized brakes 288 mm at the front and 233 rear axle tinted side windows and a reduced height 15 mm. The rear has received less changes and remains striking though false trapezoidal central exhaust outlet.

Inside there are also numerous details but as usual are not too flashy when you consider that this is the most radical version of the Spanish utility. We met a sporty instrument panel design new steering wheel design with the Cupra logo pale gray stitching and black glossy inserts in the spokes. I will say that if the wheel had few inches thick would be perfect. After this we shift paddles.

Notable leather sport seats not their forms but by its design well the combination of colors used perimeters and upholstered headrest thereof being light gray. The seats comply well with its mission without more but seem small types of high stature a feeling that increases with perhaps somewhat elevated position driving. Finally the door panels have inserts in light gray.

Fun contained as the price

But ultimately when you buy a pileup with sporting aspirations you can overlook many aspects that do not concern the behavior of the vehicle. It is for this reason that we focus immediately on the behavior and feelings that transmits the SEAT Ibiza Cupra and of course we will refer to other GTIs that have passed through our hands specifically the protagonists of our last comparative GTI.

Previously we mentioned that this model boasts a propeller with a peculiar architecture. The small block 1.4-liter TSI uses the twin-charged supercharged double that combines a compressor with a turbo. The compressor belt driven enabling instant response from far below and from the 3500 laps turbo driven by the exhaust gases is in charge of the party continue and that the zero to sixty runs in 6 9 seconds.

As a result of this mixture have a power of 180 hp and 250 Nm more than interesting torque between 2000 and 4500 rpm. In practice we find an engine that despite the difference in displacement relative to its rivals holding up with a strong and instantaneous response which helps gearbox DSG dual clutch and is capable of lap up cheerful way to the court without a pronounced weakness.

A key aspect of this model is the gearbox dual-clutch seven relations (DSG) as standard which only weighs 70 kg since there is no possibility of opting for a manual transmission. On a day to day is perfect it has a perfect variable make changes instantly and provides a smooth running commendable. In addition a server liked more than the automatic change of MINI because the DSG responds before the change orders.

Pegas does but the fact remains that the solution is there. Let me explain. This change has a sport mode called Sport not finally convinced me. Under acceleration is able to bring the engine to the court but reductions is too conservative approach at all home with the philosophy of this model. Due to this conservative approach will make entering corners in one or even two gears above but fortunately we have a manual mode using the cams to reduce to the ideal gear.

We must also be fair and say that if we go into a higher gear at the ideal is not the end of the world since the block has enough thrust to get you out of the curve with joy. But what about the address? For a little lime and sand and perhaps lacks a bit of weight to be a sports car and a little more information. Yet it is precise and direct and gives you the confidence to make the most of the SEAT Ibiza Cupra zone on bends.

And it is curved area where more enjoy the sport utility Martorell. If we practice aggressive driving understeer appears both on entry and exit of the turns if We determined the gas well. For the understeer is not too accused the Cupra features an XDS system that acts on the brakes and when we force the situation will notice obvious way it works due to noise generated similar to when the ABS although this occurs going really strong.

If we want to enjoy and make the most of we must listen to the car and be fine as asking us because the motor is not the strong point of the Spanish model can cause premature failing of the brakes due to the use of XDS although you can choose a set of sports brakes signed by Brembo. Then enjoy a whole enjoys a racing atmosphere thanks to the hardness of the suspensions at an intermediate point between the Peugeot 208 GTI and MINI and ease it provides have paddles behind the steering wheel then you can focus on ideal traced.

But in terms of racing atmosphere soundtrack is looking very very interesting in any model that has a minimum of sporting pretensions. With the SEAT Ibiza Cupra something strange happens because the sound from the outside appears to be relatively more discreet than its rivals especially when compared with the MINI and pops in detention but from inside a melody is perceived that could well make us think that really is hiding something more than an engine with 1.4 liter displacement.

ESP mention that despite supposedly being disconnected is always there to cut the fun or the thing will not go to mothers deserve. It's really a shame because when you catch the trick to Ibiza shows a much more playful rear than the Peugeot 208 GTI which is anchored to the ground a back that would round curves more effective and sustained manner making this model it was even more fun.

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The SEAT Ibiza Cupra is not the best in its segment but is able to stand up very worthy rivals and make us have a good time behind the wheel even transmitting more feel that any of them and all this considering it is next to its demise as it is the oldest of all. If you want a Cupra in your garage you can do from 22800 euros a rate that makes it a really attractive GTI utility. Good performance at a good price do not you think?

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