TEST Seat Ibiza Cupra - Hornet (04/2002) |auto.cz

2022-06-07 07:26:12 By : Mr. Nathan mong

You will certainly be careful about a dangerous member of the insect kingdom thanks to his warning "war painting".But the same is true for the sporty Seata Ibiza Cupra.Just as it is said that the only right color for Ferrari is red, so every Sports Seat with the Cupra designation simply has to be yellow.This color really worked and Ibiza really looks good.We also can't say that its sharp design of the Cupra is the most aggressive-looking lower-class car, with which only a two-liter Clio Sport is a bit like a bit visually equal.The Spanish model benefited a lot from the facelift, which, however, basically changed only the details that only highlighted the basic attractive silhouette designed by the famous Giugiar.In addition, when the body is equipped with large front and rear bumper extensions, truly distinctive sill extensions and 16-inch alloy wheels with an attractive design, you are dealing with a real predator.Unlike those of the concern, the instrument panel is imaginative in shape, but it did not hurt to provide it with decorative decor, such as aluminum or chrome.The metal pedals and the hem of the gear lever sleeve do not save this.The red tint of the devices has a sporty effect, and the hallmark of exceptionality has a large display on which all the necessary data of the on-board computer, ventilation and air conditioning are displayed.The leather-wrapped steering wheel held up well, and the round gear knob also fit well.Its tracks were relatively accurate, but the sports car was rather long, and the typical "Volkswagen joint" in the neutral area, which makes it almost impossible to engage in a single movement, did not add shifting speeds.This seat had upholstered doors and genuine leather and a large part of the seat area, which at first glance promised a fabulous side guidance, but the reality was different.Properly hard seats and backrests had a really strong profiling, but it was obviously designed for somewhat more bodily figures, so even our 90 kg heavy torso, properly formed by training in fitness centers, did not fit into them.It was better in the area of ​​the cross, however, the whole upper half was pushed from side to side in the corners.The passengers in the front had quite a lot of space, at the back it was very good in the head area, but the knee sports Ibiza pamper in this class perhaps the least.Thanks to the slight profiling of the rear seats, which, however, had little effect in practice, the Cupra can accommodate only four people.The luggage compartment is quite deep, but relatively narrow, but the volume of 250 l is quite common in this category.If you say that the familiar 1.8-liter supercharged petrol engine works under the hood of any Volkswagen sports car in the vast majority of cases, you won't be wrong, and Cupra belongs to this family as well.In her case, it is a solid center of supply, which is 115 kW.Already 110 can train well with Octavia and Passat, so a car weighing about 1.1 tons can move 5 kW nicely.This is also evidenced by the data on acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.9 s, on the highway, the Ibiza can be moved up to "tachometer" 225 km / h.The unit comes to life at 2500 / min, has the most power in the range of 4200-5500 / min and the limiter tames it at 6800 / min.The force in such a wide range of speeds does not force you to shift too much and also compensates for the somewhat heavier gears, so it is definitely not a problem to overtake even longer columns with the cupra.In case of problems, effective and nicely poisonous brakes are always prepared, but they would not be harmed by more sensitive dosing.At first, nothing happens, which forces you to step more intensively, after which the bodies are catapulted against the windshield.However, you can get used to their effect.The consumption of the Ibiza Cupra was, as with all petrol supercharged engines, dependent on driving style.If we drove to the maximum, it was not a problem to move around 18.5 l per 100 km, during a quiet ride the car said about 8.8 l and we passed the whole test for an average of 10.3 l. little, but somehow we still can't get rid of the impression that the sports car includes an atmospherically charged engine.We would like to see the turbo in family cars, where not so much is involved, and the car would still be able to accelerate at virtually any time, but in our opinion it is necessary to earn the dynamics of the car at high speeds and frequent shifting.The joy of driving is thus replaced by the mere joy of speed and strength, and somehow it is not.Which, of course, is not a complaint of the Seat Ibiza Cupra 1.8 20vT Cupra, but of these powertrains in general, and this is only our subjective opinion…But if the Cupra is really consistent in anything from the legacy of purely sports cars, it's the tuning of the chassis.He is hellishly hard, which does not matter on quality roads, where Ibiza sits like nailed, but on broken roads there is a ride with her only for really tough guys.While it absorbs long bumps with an overview, it gives a detailed report on the depth of each small hole, joint and bump, which is also announced with a strong impact.However, a somewhat special setting of the chassis causes the car to swing transversely on a series of bumps, which is not at all pleasant at higher speeds, but objectively it does not affect the driving characteristics.Thanks to the extremely hard tuning, Cupra sits in corners in an exemplary manner, it is strictly neutral with a slight tendency to understeer, but it is not enough for the standard of this class, the Renault Clio Sport 2.0 (and that makes the Clio much more comfortable…).However, this may not be a chassis problem at all.Its biggest, and due to the extremist purpose of the car, perhaps in addition to the seats, even the only drawback is the steering.While the recently tested sports models Clio Sport and Yaris TS have relatively precise steering with very good feedback, this cannot be said of the Cupry.It reacts to the driver's instructions lethargically and with a delay, it does not let you know at what angle the wheels are being turned, and when the steering wheel moves more significantly, the otherwise very hard (albeit swaying) suspension responded by suddenly hitting the body on the outer front wheel.It is said that the driver gets used to everything, and this also applies to driving a Cupra, although not completely.While after a few hundred kilometers it is possible to estimate how the steering wheel should be turned at a certain turning radius, it is not possible to handle a crisis situation without the driver knowing what is happening to the wheels.The fact that Ibiza already has a successor, which is starting to be produced, is, at least in the Cup version, still in shape.It will definitely impress with its aggressive look and very successful paint and attractive cast wheels, but it will also please the successful design of the instrument panel.Highly profiled seats are also impressive, but they are quite wide so that they do not provide the slimmer with the best torso stability.The 115 kW power unit has an excess of energy from 2500 / min up to 6000 / min, so it does not require frequent shifting, it burns around 10 l per 100 km during a brisk ride.The very hard chassis ensures excellent driving characteristics on a quality road, but on uneven ground the car sways and loses some of its calm.The only significant weakness is the inaccurate management with poor feedback, but all this costs a very attractive 529,900 crowns.