SEAT Ibiza estate

with good vibrations

SEAT Ibiza ST FR, front, action
SEAT Ibiza ST FR, side
SEAT Ibiza ST FR, rear, action
SEAT Ibiza ST FR, front, static
SEAT Ibiza ST FR, rear, static
SEAT Ibiza ST FR, interior
SEAT Ibiza ST, 2015, boot
SEAT Ibiza ST, 2015, seats

ONE of the amusements of social media is the way some organisation or retailer will suddenly want to become your bestest friend ever or indulge in truncated conversations in the titteringsphere.

In the main the attention span of these new followers and friends is about three weeks. They lose interest when it becomes clear you have no intention of buying into Luna time share and while Anyana's face may be very pretty, broken eastern European as a language was never your strong suit.

And neither is handing over bank details to imperfect strangers even if they are called prince.

My latest cyber stalker is something called Ibiza Club News and at first I was excited to think it was an on-line customer magazine for SEAT hatchback owners, one which may not be averse to buying in a bit of copy. Needs must in this game.

Ah but no, this is the latest news from the ‘party capital of the world.' It promises blue skies and positive vibes. The last time I had a positive ‘vibe' I was leaning on the spin dryer.

Who, I wonder, targeted me as a potential Mediterranean party animal with a taste for industrial alcohol? I am pretty sure the holiday experience of young people will not be enhanced by a dad-dancing bloater wearing Union Jack Bermudas and a sloppy vest.

But it does give me an excuse to dwell on a recent blue sky Ibiza experience, the 1.2-litre petrol ST FR.

And can I just say up front that this youthful, frugal and sassy compact estate is everything I am not - smooth and good looking.

There is always an interest in small estates. They appeal to people who find run of the mill hatchbacks just too cramped and impractical while reluctant to drive a stumpy brick of a small MPV. But what really makes the ST stand out is that it is very, very affordable.

The 108bhp FR is a six-speed manual costing a more than reasonable £15,635 and will land you with a tiny annual £30 tax bill while promising 54mpg. So for an up and coming family this makes a great deal of sense.

These are also buyers who are likely to forgive the somewhat utilitarian interior finish and focus more on practicality and an impressive list of equipment.

Standard features on all models include air-conditioning, remote locking and the expected white goods like electric windows and MP3 compatible CD player.

The FR adds some leather trim, sports seats, exclusive flat-bottomed steering wheel, a more lively interior with sat nav and cruise control added to the instrumentation alongside automated wipers and lights.

There is also going to be interest among those who still retain a viable pulse and the ability to throw a shape or two on the dance floor. So they won't want to be driving a slug. This may not be exactly a getaway car but it still has a reasonable turn of fun with 62mph arriving in 9.7 seconds.

That, however, is not the main act. Seldom will you find a more refined car in this segment at the price. Most models come with a softer suspension set up which irons out the delights British road surfaces. FR models have stiffer underpinnings and while this adds bit of bump and grind to the daily commute it produces handling to enjoy when you press on. Good to impressive is the motorway verdict.

The boot is a good size especially, and so many will, if you have to consider a buggy or cot. The rear doors have also been extended which also helps when loading the next generation.

I can think of many reasons to choose the ST and few not to. The standard hatch leaves me a little cold but this adds another dimension without heading off into the land of full-blown estates. Comfort, clarity of layout and an element of fun spring to mind as well as the fact that you will look good.

Meanwhile in other news: the Ants official opening party is on June 4 and Axwell and Ingrosso return to Ushuaia for summer 2016. Just thought you should know. Positive vibes all the way. And a quick unfollow just as soon as this hits the electroverse.

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