SEAT Ibiza Connect-proof: the old claim of System Porsche, Samsung mobile gift
There was a time when claims to sell cars functioned as reminding your customers that a brand like Porsche had worked on the design of your car engine. Much has changed things. Both have changed that today it is more effective to associate your brand to a technology company, and give to your customers a mobile phone Samsung, under a new claim, that of being "always connected". The idea of buying a car that incorporates a mobile phone many of us could be absurd. Choosing a hotel room because you like the color of your towels, or restaurant by the molón design of their vessels. But the key SEAT Ibiza Connect we have been testing these days is precisely that, the have connected - as ironically remember his name - with looking younger customers.
The key to success is no longer boast of your engine, your technology or your successes in competition. How many we see a SEAT Cordoba in the street and we remember the WRC, and drivers like Auriol or Rovanpera? Surely few. Nowadays there are elements of equipment of a young man could not do without, and beyond power, engineering, or legacy brand, will end one way or another condition their purchase. The new generations hardly understand a car without Bluetooth, or where they could not hear your music from your mobile, or flash drive.
Perhaps that is the reason explaining that SEAT has wanted to bring this idea to the extreme by offering a SEAT Ibiza Connect, with a philosophy that has even transcended that of its reference utility, and we are also in Toledo, Leon and Alhambra.
Today You can take a SEAT Ibiza on offer from 9,990 €, While it is true that finish Style equipped with a gasoline engine of 75 horsepower, three-cylinder, atmospheric, and considering that this offer has to finance a convenient installments, normally in these types of promotions. But from this Ibiza, the most basic, already have Full Link system with touch screen, Bluetooth, fatigue detector, cruise speed control, hill start assistant and alloy wheels. Notice that beyond that many elements are optional, as the rear electric windows 5 doors (150 €), the climate control system instead of a conventional air conditioning system (250 €), and even LED daytime running lights (260 € ).
When choosing a SEAT Ibiza Connect and have to raise our budget until at least 12,230 € (Not include funding, but a discount of 4,000 €), but we will enjoy more equipment. We'll take a mobile phone with Samsung Galaxy A3, with specific applications designed by SEAT to make life easier, and an entertainment system with touch screen 6.5 "comfortable and attractive, which meets and exceeds what you would expect from a utility for everyone and for every budget.
I would not dare set the exact order of priorities of a young client, but I'm sure that among his top priorities would be the design and distinction of your car. No need for a FR, Cupra kit or to make a more attractive car Ibiza. Sometimes they are used economic solutions. Connect the SEAT Ibiza and comes standard daylighting LED and gray details Atom, or Connect Blue (blue), within the radii of the tires 16 ", and covers mirrors.
Those blue accents likely to be a very attractive point for some customers, but it may also discourage choose Connect version to others seeking something more sober.
If we have to recognize some merit to SEAT, which many can not be so, it is to have gotten a veteran model, facing the closing stages of its commercial life, not clash between rivals that have been completely renovated in recent years, such as the Ford Fiesta or Opel Corsa. SEAT Ibiza settings are correct, the materials may be improved, we miss some cushy and, why not say, bolder design dashboard.
Following the thread of the technological aspect of this car, we like the idea of having focused attention on the MirrorLink technology, I find most interesting, if possible, in a car on a budget. Why pay 400 € for a browser, if ever I have a mobile phone with GPS in my pocket and my car has a screen that can show me that information? It is a pity that still need to connect the mobile phone via USB to use technologies such as carplay, although ultimately it is the most practical, to avoid draining the battery of our smartphone. I also like the idea because I am convinced that for many will be more intuitive navigation system and interface carplay, than many embedded browsers that are offered today.
If you acquire a SEAT Ibiza Connect, and would enjoy all its functions would have to do without my iPhone. The SEAT Connect App At the moment it is only available for Android, and is also compatible with wearables. By connecting the Samsung phone, the home screen is transformed our car, and we can configure more advanced information than you usually see on a computer entertainment, such as weather forecast. From there we have a lot of functions such as remembering what location we parked the car, reading and writing emails, and so on.
Thanks to the touch screen Connect SEAT Ibiza we can even perform actions using configurable gestures, such as drawing a circle to call our contacts.
SEAT Ibiza trivia Connect. Challenges on efficiency as advance the shift to a higher gear: pic.twitter.com/biVTeJuxrb
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Among other functions, I found this curious, as a game that offers different challenges to improve our efficiency. Make 10 correct changes underway in 15 attempts before the indicator alert you, and will overcome the challenge. The gear shift indicator SEAT Ibiza has served us too farsighted, letting us know too early to choose the next gear. In any case, this challenge is no drama, at least 1.0 TSI engine with 95 horsepower with which we tried, pushing down hard enough.
The new SEAT Ibiza touch, which underwent a slight renovation last year, has also convinced us. SEAT has worked the matching of the suspension, and even optionally SEAT Drive Profile provides the system with two modes of suspension, comfort and wear, and different settings for the power steering.
The engine equipped by our test unit is the one that I would recommend to most customers, except for those who make tens of thousands of kilometers each year and find your ideal diesel engine. Is about 1.0 TSI engine with three cylinders, gasoline, turbo and 95 hp. It is not an extraordinarily fast engine, but easily meets our expectations. This engine is associated with a manual five relationships, unlike the upper level, 110 hp, which already has six relations. But neither it proved to us insufficient. A 120 km / h marker in plain, circulate around 2,700 or 2,800 rpm, and the action of the turbo that regime helps us not to have to downshift to face steep slopes or gain speed in advance to avail inertia.
We talk about an engine that accredits 4.2 liters / 100 kilometers. With permission from the diesel engine is theoretically gasoline saver SEAT Ibiza range. And our paths road, 120 km / h marker, has given us consumption of 5 liters / 100 kilometers. great figures for a petrol engine, which has also served us soft and pleasant to drive, even with the peculiarities of their three cylinders.