If there’s one thing I enjoy about driving new cars, itís the speed at which windows demist on cold or damp mornings. In older cars, the combination of poor window seals, ineffective blowers and a lack of air conditioning results in a long wait for the glass to clear before setting off. In some cases, Iím forced to clear the ice from the inside of the windscreen! Of course, a demister pad will clear the screen in record time, but then youíre left with drips on the top of the dashboard and streaky marks all over the glass ñ not ideal in the season of low sun. This is rarely a problem associated with new cars ñ either the seals are good enough to prevent the issue, or the blowers clear the glass, all in a matter of seconds. But that isnít so in the SEAT Ibiza.
Encountering the first frozen windscreen of the season, the combination of a scraper and de-icer cleared the outside glass in moments, so I jumped in the car and expected to be on my way. Ten minutes later, I was still sat there waiting for the window to demist, with the climate control and the blowers working overtime. Not a great introduction to the depths of winter ñ I think Iíll need to invest in a demister pad. If Iím honest, the climate control isnít the best at keeping the cabin warm ñ I think Volkswagen Group saves its most effective systems for Audi. It was pretty good at keeping cool ñ certainly better than the air conditioning in the Arona ñ but heating isnít a strong point. Maybe Iím just yearning for the comfort and joy of heated seats and, dare I say it, a heated steering wheelÖ
You may have noticed the recent news that Volkswagen is to recall 75,000 Polos, Ibizas and Aronas to fix the seatbelt issue exposed by a Finnish car magazine. A cable tie solution ñ used on the Arona long-termer to provide a temporary fix ñ was rejected by the regulators, forcing Volkswagen to find an alternative. The result: a spacer will be fitted in the double buckle of the rear seat, and the Ibiza will pay a visit to the local SEAT dealer where the recall will be carried out free of charge. Hopefully this will be sorted sooner rather than later, because not having a fifth seat can cause problems when ferrying children and organising family days out.
Finally, with 7,000 miles under its belt, the Ibiza was in need of some AdBlue. I pushed it to within 150 miles of the car refusing to start before filling the 10-litre tank. The reservoir is located inside the fuel filler door, making it easy to locate and top up. Itís rather odd that the dashboard display provides measurements in gallons though, while the manual and the bottles are in litres. Strange!
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Date arrived 28th August 2018
Fuel economy 74.3mpg (combined) 50.7mpg (on test)
It’s easy to fill up the 10-litre AdBlue tank.
The windscreen takes an age to clear on cold or damp mornings.