The 2015 saya beefer features new engines more customization and more technology than ever before in order to maintain its competitiveness in the supermini sector.
We’re in Barcelona to test this five-door Ibiza that features the all-new 1 liter Ecotec eye engine now that is a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit that either develops 94 brake horsepower emitting 94 g/km of co2 or it can develop 108 brake horsepower and emits 102 g/km of co2 in this lowest state of tune it comes in this SE trim level which gets daytime running LED headlamps you’ve got air conditioning.
Bluetooth digital da B radio Plus this test car also features the velvet color pack which includes these Clara inserts on the grill the air vents and these 16 inch design alloy wheels which is perfect if you’re an Aston Villa fan to drive into sitting the sub ether feels very much like a baby lay on with shed switch gear and technologies dense plastics and quite a soft ride quality especially as far as this SE is concerned this is certainly going for more of a pliant Volkswagen Polo Canon market as opposed to a sharp focused.
Ford Fiesta market nor to 62 miles an hour takes just over 10 seconds but to be honest although the engines nice and smooth it does need to be revved and it doesn’t feel anything other than adequate at the best of times true 108 brake horsepower version does give you a bit more eagerness more flexibility.
But you have to spec that in the sporty fr trim level and it comes with a double clutch automatic gearbox which adds substantially to the price so although this new engine is very clever indeed don’t be too quick to dismiss the long-serving four-cylinder 1.2 litre petrol unit that is still a great engine and it comes in SE its best-selling connect trim.
That gets the brilliant all link smartphone connectivity service which is seamless for both Android and iPhone users you small cars need to be big on character and they don’t come more stylish than the Fiat 500 we’re at the Ling gato Factory in Turin home to the original cinquecento to sample the new for 2015 Fiat 500c though we take the word new with a pinch of salt the eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted revised bumpers and slightly tweaked headlights and taillights.
But the core structure remains unchanged inside remains unsettled to save for a new 5-inch infotainment system that is touchscreen on this lounge specification and can be ordered with optional da B digital radio and Tom satellite navigation unfortunately some of those old interior niggles remain the poor driving position the awkward ergonomics the scratchy and hard plastics to touch and if you spec this new TomTom satellite navigation the processing speed is pretty languid the 1.2 litre petrol unit is quite wheezy.
When combined with the 5-speed manual gearbox but because the steering is so light and the packaging so small it still makes a really perfect city car the ride quality again may not be able to match class-leading rivals but this is still a very frugal and very fun way to get around town especially with the roof down.
Because it is free from buffeting at high speeds and you can unfurl the roof at speeds of up to 37 miles an hour I think what fear also does better than any other small.
Car maker is in the level of customization it offers from this coral paint the Prince of Wales fabric and now fear is offering wraps that is branding second skins so in summary.
It hasn’t really pushed the boat out with this new 500 but the formula is still a very compelling mix based purely on aesthetics alone and in that respect the 500 CE remains one of the most coveted and most desirable small cars on sale