Despite measuring over four metres long, the Ibiza is actually 47kg lighter than the model it replaces, which means even the 1.2-litre isn’t as overstretched as you’d imagine. However, power hunger won’t be truly sated until the performance FR/Cupra petrol and diesel models arrive later in its life cycle.

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The Ibiza’s scale is on a par with the roomy new Skoda Fabia – the large boot is roughly the same size at 297 litres. The fashionable back-end squatness of the standalone five-door model (a racier three-door ‘Sport Coupe’ launches in November) impinges a little on rear headroom, but two adults can realistically sit comfortably in the rear.

Upfront, the driver gets elbow room to spare.

The Ibiza’s maturity is underlined by the quality feel of the dash. The stereo unit shines black against tastefully rubberised dark plastics, while above a nifty optional dock charges and secures a portable satnav. We don’t know exact equipment levels yet but aircon and front electric windows are expected to be offered throughout the range. Six airbags are a definite, a good Euro NCAP crash score highly likely and there’s even talk of standard ESP anti-skid control.

Sports suspension joins the long option list on lesser models, but the verve of the standard set-up renders it unnecessary. The ride is typically firm – a Seat given these days – but the steering is sharp with it and, overall, the driving vibes are positive.

We’ll know more about running costs when pricing comes in, but the signs are good for this chic supermini. The firm points to sustained interest in a car that hasn’t previously excelled on the used market, and that’s got to be good. After all, size isn’t everything.