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Seat Ibiza Cupra in the driving report: Spanish athlete with double fun

Seat Ibiza Cupra in the driving report
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A ll fans of small sporty cars with wild and freely rotating naturally aspirated engines Manual gearshifts have to be strong now - after all, they're following a dying species. For example, the VW group consistently uses charged engines with dual clutch transmissions in its young wild animals. This is also the case with the Seat Ibiza Cupra, which after its facelift is again competing with the 180 hp 1.4-liter - that concentrated piece of technology with direct injection and double charging.

Compressor and tubo charger provide pressure

In the lower speed range, a compressor works before the turbo charger if there is sufficient exhaust gas energy added. Then both work in parallel until the compressor disengages at 3,500 rpm and the turbo takes over alone. It sounds complicated, but it works fine in the Seat Ibiza Cupra. The advantage: no turbo lag, but powerful torque from a standstill (maximum 250 Newton meters), a lot of pressure in the medium speed range and sufficient rotational reserve up to 7,000 rpm.

Everything that could still be felt in the middle pulls the standard Double clutch transmission smooth. It sorts its seven levels quickly and routinely, and also protects the engine against unwanted overspeeding. In addition, your hands can stay on the steering wheel when using the paddles. This is efficient, even if some analog fans may miss the handling of the clutch, gear lever and a fiery vacuum cleaner that roars in the narrow speed window on the Seat Ibiza Cupra.

But purists are the Seat Ibiza Cupra as well as its sport versions Siblings Audi A1, Skoda Fabia and VW Polo are wrong anyway, they should get a Renault Clio RS instead before it is also turbo-ventilated and delighted with four doors.

Seat Ibiza Cupra under 25,000 euros

With the Seat Ibiza Cupra there are two, behind which a well-equipped interior awaits. Anyone who was just wondering about the whopping 23,590 euros entry fee will now find out why. For example the non-slip sports steering wheel and seats. They are mounted a bit high and could provide better support in the shoulder area, but offer sufficient comfort and lateral support. Automatic air conditioning and stereo as well as the detachable navigation system are included in the price like the rest of the price.

Not to mention the powerful acceleration of the TSI engine, which powers up the 1.2-ton truck in less than seven secondsTempo 100 pulls - without sending any noteworthy drive influences into the sensitive electromechanical steering. It conveys a good feeling for the Seat Ibiza Cupra, which with its sports suspension and 17-inch wheels creates intense ground contact and decelerates the powerful braking system appropriately (AP sports brake for an extra charge).

Spaniards with sporty handling

The electronic stability program that cannot be deactivated (only ASR can be switched off) is supplemented by an electronic differential lock (XDS). It reduces the tendency to understeer when cornering through braking intervention on the drive wheels. And the Seat Ibiza Cupra can take bends, willingly steers, pulls through quickly and safely, reacts to load changes with gentle, never malicious turning.

In the turmoil of bends, it also benefits from its drive, which manages without any interruption of tractive power. Traditionalists are likely to miss the last kick when it comes out of curves under full load, braked by the electronics. On the other hand, the facelifted Seat Ibiza Cupra is always extremely fast and problem-free - even if it still lacks a catchy name for double charging.


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