Abarth Grande Punto Esseesse VS Seat Ibiza MK4 Cupra

Another Euro B-Segment hot hatch rivalry for this week, this time between the Abarth Grande Punto Esseesse from Italy and the Seat Ibiza MK4 Cupra from Spain (based on Volkswagen Group’s platform). Both models aimed at the passionate petrolheads of the younger generation and were fitted with turbocharged 1,4 liter engines producing an identical 180 hp / 132 kw. They also had equally aggressive bodykits with different bumpers, larger rims and sporty touches in the cabin. The biggest difference between the two was the gearbox, with Abarth choosing a 6-speed manual and Seat going with the 7-speed dual clutch automatic (DSG).

So lets start with a design battle before we move on to their specifications.

Note: For the purpose of this comparison, we use the more powerful Esseesse version of the Abarth Grande Punto which has very similar specifications with the standard Ibiza Cupra.

Exterior


Interior

 


Engine

 


Specifications

 

  
ModelAbarth Grande Punto EsseesseSeat Ibiza MK4 Cupra
Production2008-20102009-2012
SegmentBB
Doors33
LayoutFWDFWD
Engine Displacement1368 cm31390 cm3
CylindersL4L4
InductionTurbochargedTurbocharged
FuelGasolineGasoline
Fuel SystemMultipoint InjectionDirect Injection
Power (hp)180180
Power (kw)132132
Power (@rpm)@5700 rpm@6200 rpm
Torque (Nm)270249
Torque (@rpm)@3000 rpm@2000-4500 rpm
0-100km/h7,7 sec7,2 sec
Top Speed (km/h)215 km/h225 km/h
Top Speed (mph)134 mph140 mph
Consumption (lt/100km)6,96,4
CO2 (g/km)162 g/km148 g/km
Gearbox6 ΜΤ7 AT
Weight1185 kg1172 kg
Length4065 mm4061 mm
Width1726 mm1693 mm
Height1470 mm1420 mm
Wheelbase2510 mm2469 mm
Front Track1483 mm1449 mm
Rear Track1471 mm1441 mm
Boot Space275284
Tire Size215/40 R18215/40 R17
Front Brakes305mm Ventilated Discs312 mm Ventilated Discs
Rear Brakes265mm Discs232 mm Discs

So which one do you prefer;

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