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SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive

Following the same recipe as the VW Polo Bluemotion, SEAT is now bringing the second mainstream production car to market with emissions of less than 100g/km CO2.

The new Ibiza Ecomotive is available to order now, with deliveries set to begin in the spring and prices starting at £10,995. Unlike the Polo, the Ibiza manages to achieve emissions of 99g/km CO2 even with air conditioning.

The firm’s engineers say they have wrung every ounce of economy from the already efficient Ibiza 1.4 TDI model, on which this new car is based, to result in the emissions of just 99g/km, combined fuel economy of more than 74 mpg, and yet a 0-62 mph time of just 12.8 seconds.

The Ecomotive will be one of the cheapest super-economical three- or five-door hatchbacks available.

Rather than go down the potentially expensive and complex hybrid powertrain route, SEAT is instead focusing on squeezing ultra-economical performance from its advanced three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.

New software is added to the powerplant’s ECU, while particulate emissions are further reduced thanks to the addition of a state-of-the-art Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). Meanwhile, gear ratios in the Ibiza Ecomotive’s five-speed manual gearbox are lengthened, making for both more relaxed cruising and improved economy.

The new Ibiza is also more slippery through the air, with a Cd (coefficient of drag) figure of 0.30, compared with Cd 0.315 for the standard 1.4 TDI model. And special low rolling resistance 14” tyres from Dunlop help reduce road friction.

But while the engineers have obviously been keen to save weight, the car has not skimped on creature comforts: manual air conditioning, electric front windows, steering wheel-mounted audio controls for the MP3-compatible single-disc CD/radio and speed-sensitive electro hydraulic power steering are all among the Ibiza Ecomotive’s generous standard equipment list. The standard fitment of air conditioning does not affect the newcomer’s official CO2 emissions of just 99g/km.

The sub-100g/km carbon dioxide emissions make the Ibiza Ecomotive exempt from VED charges (it fits into Band A), as well as a likely candidate to avoid the revised London Congestion Charge.