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SEAT Ibiza

The SEAT Ibiza is a supermini car manufactured by the Spanish automaker SEAT since 1984. It is SEAT's best-selling car.[1] The Ibiza is named after the Spanish island of Ibiza, and its use in the supermini car was the second nomenclature in naming models after Spanish cities, after the SEAT Ronda.

It was introduced at the 1984 Paris Motor Show as the first car developed by SEAT as an independent company, though it was designed by SEAT in collaboration with well-known firms such as Italdesign, Karmann and Porsche.[1]

From the second generation version onwards, SEAT formed part of the German automotive industry concern Volkswagen Group, and all further Ibiza generations, as well as the rest of the SEAT model range, were built on Volkswagen Group platforms, parts and technologies.

The Ibiza spans four generations, among which it has debuted twice (in its second and in its fourth generations) a new platform of the Volkswagen Group. All of them were the top seller model in SEAT's range. A rebadged redeveloped version of the first generation Ibiza remains still in production under license in China, by the Nanjing Automobile Group automaker.

The Ibiza is available in either three or five-door hatchback variants, and between 1993 and 2008, saloon, coupé and estate versions were sold as the SEAT Córdoba. In 2010, an estate version, called Ibiza ST, was launched.

First generation (021A; 1984–1993)

SEAT Ibiza Mk1 pre-facelift, rear view
SEAT Ibiza Mk1 facelift
SEAT Ibiza Mk1 facelift, rear view

Introduced in the 1984 Paris Motor Show, the SEAT Ibiza Mk1 (codenamed 021A) entered production in the 'Zona Franca' assembly lines on 27 April 1984[2] and proved to be a success for the Spanish manufacturer, as it sold 1,342,001 units until the launch of its second generation in 1993.[1] The Ibiza's sales success gave the SEAT marque a platform to build on, as it looked to increase sales in following years.

This version, while it established the now classic Ibiza shape, was advertised as having "Italian styling and German engines": having its bodywork been designed by Italdesign,[3] and being prepared for industrialisation by the German manufacturer Karmann.[2] It was based on the SEAT Ronda, a small family car, which in turn was based on the Fiat Ritmo. The gearbox and powertrain were developed in collaboration with Porsche, thus named under licence System Porsche. Despite Porsche's direct involvement in the Ibiza's engines, it was only after paying a royalty of 7 German marks per car sold back to Porsche that SEAT gained the right to put the 'System Porsche' inscription on the engine blocks.[4]

By the time Giugiaro was assigned to the Ibiza project, his previous proposal for the second generation of the Volkswagen Golf had been rejected by Volkswagen. So when SEAT approached him with the proposal for a spacious supermini class contender, that particular project was reincarnated as the first generation of the SEAT Ibiza.[5]

Using a compact car as basis, in terms of size, it was larger than most superminis like the Ford Fiesta and Opel Corsa/Vauxhall Nova, but smaller than any small family car such as the Ford Escort and Opel Kadett/Vauxhall Astra. The luggage capacity started from 320 litres and increased to 1,200 litres after folding rear seats.

It was launched on the United Kingdom market in September 1985, when the brand was launched there, along with the Malaga saloon. It largely competed with budget offerings like the Hyundai Pony, and gave budget buyers a more modern alternative to the outdated offerings from Lada, Škoda, Yugo and FSO.

The interior space was good but styling was fairly unimaginative even though it was known for having a rather quirky interior instrument layout, marked by a lack of control stalks. The indicators were operated by a rocker-switch, and the headlights by a sliding switch. It had three principal trim levels (L, GL and GLX) with bodyworks of 3 and 5 doors and several versions such as Base, Special, Disco, Chrono, Designer, Fashion, SXi etc.[5] As power outputs dropped due to more stringent emissions requirements, a 1.7-litre version of the engined was developed for the Sportline version. For the same reason, a turbocharged version of the 1.5-litre engine was developed for the Swiss market and presented in March 1989.[6]

In the meantime, SEAT had already signed a cooperation agreement with Volkswagen (1982) and in 1986 the German car maker became SEAT's major shareholder. Though a light restyling of the Ibiza Mk1 came in late 1988 with a moderate facelift in the exterior, a less radical interior and many changes in the mechanical parts, the most profound restyling was launched in 1991 under the name New style.

The following year, in February 1992, SEAT launched the Ibiza "Serie Olímpica" to celebrate SEAT's participation in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona as a sponsor, and the SEAT Ibiza Mk1 along with the SEAT Toledo Mk1 became the official cars of the Games. The larger sedan version SEAT Málaga was a closer relative to the SEAT Ronda, although it shared engines with the Ibiza.

Engine specifications

SEAT Ibiza Mk1 1.5-litre engine bearing the System Porsche inscription
SEAT Ibiza Mk1 cabriolet derivative produced by Bieber Cabrio Borken

All engines were inline-four-cylinder units, front transverse mounted:[7] The 0.9-litre and 1.2-litre engines had carburetor, as did the 1.5-litre 85 hp engine, while the 1.5-litre 90 hp and 1.7-litre engines, introduced in 1989, used single-point injection systems. The 1.5-litre 100 hp, introduced in 1988, had multi-point fuel injection. The 1.7-litre diesel was an indirect injection unit.[8]

Model Displacement Max. power Max. torque Top speed
Petrol engines
0.9 8V 903 cc
1.2 8V 1,193 cc
1.5 8V 1,461 cc
1.5 8V 1,461 cc
1.7 8V 1,675 cc
Diesel engines
1.7 D 1,714 cc


The SEAT Ibiza Mk1 took part in several rally events and formed the basis on which the Campeonato SEAT Ibiza de Rallies was organised by the SEAT Sport division in 1985,[9] however its most notable rally version has been the all-wheel drive Ibiza Bimotor, manufactured in 1986 and equipped with two engines each one delivering power to the front and rear axle respectively.[10]


Nanjing Yuejin Soyat, a rebadged SEAT Ibiza Mk1 for the Chinese market

In 1997, the Ibiza Mk1 design was bought by a joint venture between Chinese automaker Nanjing Automobile Group and Malaysia's Lion Group. It entered production in June 1999, as the Eagle, and was redeveloped and rebadged into the Nanjing Yuejin Soyat in late 2003.[11] Chinese Ibiza production came to a final end in 2008, after another facelift in 2007.


The Spanish company Emelba produced two derivatives of the SEAT Ibiza Mk1: the pickup derivative of the Ibiza, and the Emelba Siete, a 7-seat MPV derivative.

Other than the Emelba variants, further Ibiza Mk1 derivative models have been produced from several companies, like the Anibal Raider and Podadera models.[12]

Concept cars

SEAT has also produced on its own a cabriolet version of the SEAT Ibiza Mk1, named Ibiza cabrio, a model which is currently found in its Nave A122 site.[13]

Second generation (Typ 6K; 1993–2002)

SEAT Ibiza Mk2 (6K)
1996–1999 SEAT Ibiza Mk2 facelift
Also called Volkswagen Polo Playa (South Africa)
Production 1993–1999 (6K)
1999–2002 (6K2)
Assembly Martorell, Spain,
Ipiranga, Brazil (1996 only)
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Platform Volkswagen Group A03
Related SEAT Córdoba Mk1
Volkswagen Polo Mk3
Volkswagen Polo Classic
Volkswagen Caddy
Engine Petrol engines:
1.0 L I4 8v
1.0 L I4 16v
1.05 L I4
1.3 L I4
1.4 L I4 8v
1.4 L I4 16v
1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4 8v
1.8 L I4 16v
1.8 L I4 20v Turbo
2.0 L I4 8v
2.0 L I4 16v
Diesel engines:
1.9 L I4 D/SDI
1.9 L I4 TD/TDI
1996 SEAT Ibiza Mk2 facelift, rear view
SEAT Ibiza Mk2 pre-facelift interior

The Ibiza Mk2 (Typ 6K) was the first Ibiza generation fully developed and produced under the Volkswagen Group ownership. It was based on the Volkswagen Group A03 platform, which was also used one year later by the Volkswagen Polo Mk3 (Typ 6N).

This Ibiza was available in three and five-door models, the saloon/coupé variant was known as the SEAT Córdoba, and the estate was known as the SEAT Córdoba Vario. The Ibiza was regularly the best selling car in Spain and sold relatively well in the rest of Europe, helping SEAT increase its sales figures significantly from 1993 onwards.

In the interior, the pre-facelift Ibiza 6K shared the same dashboard with many other models from SEAT and Volkswagen, such as the SEAT Córdoba Mk1, the Volkswagen Polo Classic, the SEAT Inca, the Volkswagen Polo Mk3 etc.

Before facelift, the trim levels were i, CL, CLX, GLX, Pasion, S and GTI.

1996 revision

The 6K Ibiza had a minor facelift in 1996, which included changing the general aesthetics of the car, by adding smoother bumpers and changing the grille and headlamps and the trim levels offered (Base, E, S, SE, SXE, Sport, GT, GTI and GTI Cupra Sport).

Other than changing the appearance of the car, the powertrain and running gear changed, with the addition of the 110 kW (150 PS; 148 bhp) 2.0 16v ABF petrol engine, the demise of the 1.8 16v and the 2.0 16v engines, previously in the Volkswagen Golf Mk3.

Engine specifications

Model Displacement Valves Max. power / rpm Max. torque / rpm Engine code Production period
Petrol engines
1.0 MPI 999 cc 8 37 kW (50 PS) / 5000 86 Nm / 3000–3600 AER 1996–1999
1.05 i 1,043 cc 8 33 kW (45 PS) / 5200 76 Nm / 2800 AAU 1993–1996
1.3 i 1,272 cc 8 40 kW (54 PS) / 5000 95 Nm / 3200–3400 AAV 1993–1994
1.4 i 1,391 cc 8 44 kW (60 PS) / 5200 107 Nm / 2400–2800 ABD 1994–1996
1.4 MPI 1,390 cc 8 44 kW (60 PS) / 4700 116 Nm / 2800–3200 AEX / APQ 1996–1999
1.4 MPI GT 1,390 cc 16 74 kW (101 PS) / 6000 128 Nm / 4400 AFH 1996–1999
1.6 i 1,598 cc 8 55 kW (75 PS) / 5200 126 Nm / 3400 ABU 1993–1994
1.6 i 1,595 cc 8 55 kW (75 PS) / 5200 125 Nm / 2600 1F 1994–1997
1.6 MPI 1,598 cc 8 55 kW (75 PS) / 4800 135 Nm / 2800–3600 AEE 1997–1999
1.6 MPI 1,595 cc 8 74 kW (101 PS) / 5800 140 Nm / 3500 AFT 1996–1999
1.8 i 1,781 cc 8 66 kW (90 PS) / 5500 145 Nm / 2700–2900 ABS / ADZ 1993–1996
1.8 MPI GTI 1,781 cc 16 95 kW (129 PS) / 6000 165 Nm / 4800 ADL 1994–1996
2.0 MPI GTI 1,984 cc 8 85 kW (115 PS) / 5400 166 Nm / 3200 2E 1993–1996
2.0 MPI GTI 1,984 cc 8 85 kW (115 PS) / 5400 166 Nm / 2600 AGG 1996–1999
2.0 MPI GTI 1,984 cc 16 110 kW (150 PS) / 6000 180 Nm / 4200–5000 ABF 1996–1999
Diesel engines
1.9 D 1,896 cc 8 47 kW (64 PS) / 4400 124 Nm / 2000–3000 1Y 1996–1999
1.9 D 1,896 cc 8 50 kW (68 PS) / 4400 127 Nm / 2200–2600 1Y 1993–1996
1.9 SDI 1,896 cc 8 47 kW (64 PS) / 4200 125 Nm / 2200–2800 AEY 1996–1999
1.9 TD 1,896 cc 8 55 kW (75 PS) / 4200 150 Nm / 2400–3400 AAZ 1993–1996
1.9 TDI 1,896 cc 8 66 kW (90 PS) / 4000 202 Nm / 1900 1Z 07.1996–12.1996
1.9 TDI (GT) 1,896 cc 8 66 kW (90 PS) / 4000 210 Nm / 1900 AHU 1996–1999
1.9 TDI GT 1,896 cc 8 81 kW (110 PS) / 4150 235 Nm / 1900 AFN 1996–1999
One of the new features introduced with the 1999 facelift was the redesigned interior

1999 facelift

1999 SEAT Ibiza Mk2, 6K2 facelift
The red backlit LCD screen integrating the controllers for the audio as well as for the electronically automated air-conditioning system
1999 SEAT Ibiza Mk2, 6K2 facelift Rear

The 1999 Ibiza Mk2 facelift (Typ 6K2, also known as 6K GP01, and sometimes referred to in the UK as the Mk3) was the second Ibiza to be produced under Volkswagen Group management, and used the same underpinnings as the revised Polo Mk3 launched the following year. In the exterior, the facelift of the Ibiza Mk2 introduced apart from the revised front and rear end, new styling cues such as the first-seen tailgate-mounted SEAT badge that doubles also as a boot release switch when pushed swinging open the rear door, while in the interior the changes included a newly designed dashboard along with new door panels. The launch of the Cupra models, along with success in rallying gave it a much stronger, sporty image, which helped with the alignment of Volkswagen Group's acquisition of Škoda Auto as a budget brand.

The Ibiza's 1.05, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8 litre petrol, and 1.9 litre Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) and Suction Diesel Injection (SDI) diesel engines were the same as those used in the Volkswagen Polo. The Ibiza's powertrain and running gear was also used in the SEAT Córdoba saloon, estate and coupé.

Under Volkswagen's ownership, SEAT was marketed as a sporty and youthful brand, whose cars were sold at competitive prices. The available trim levels were Entry, S, SE, SX, Award, Stella, Signo, Sport (1.8T 20V 156 PS), Cupra and Cupra R.

SEAT later introduced a more powerful hot hatch, dubbed Cupra, and equipped with a turbocharged 1.8 litre engine, followed by the 1.8 litre turbocharged Cupra R, of which only 200 units were produced. The main difference between the two were suspension, Brembo four-opposed piston front disc brake calipers, and a power upgrade from 156 PS (115 kW; 154 bhp) to 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp) on the Cupra R model.

By the time production of the second generation Ibiza/Córdoba ceased during 2002, the range had established itself as one of the most popular superminis in Europe of the past decade, having sold 1,522,607 cars from 1993 to 2002.

Engine specifications

Model Displacement Valves Max. power / rpm Max. torque / rpm Engine code Top speed Production period
Petrol engines
1.0 MPI 999 cc 8 37 kW (50 PS) / 5000 86 Nm / 3000–3600 ALD / ANV / AUC 145 km/h 1999–2002
1.0 MPI 999 cc 16 51 kW (70 PS) / 6200 91 Nm / 4500 AVZ 165 km/h 2000–2002
1.4 MPI 1,390 cc 8 44 kW (60 PS) / 4700 116 Nm / 3500 AKK / ANW / AUD 157 km/h 1999–2002
1.4 MPI 1,390 cc 16 55 kW (75 PS) / 5000 128 Nm / 3300 APE / AUA 170 km/h 1999–2002
1.6 MPI 1,598 cc 8 55 kW (75 PS) / 4800 135 Nm / 3200 ALM 170 km/h 1999–2000
1.6 MPI 1,595 cc 16 74 kW (100 PS) / 5600 145 Nm / 3800 AKL / APF / AEH / AUR 184–188 km/h 1999–2002
20VT, 1.8T Cupra 1,781 cc 20 115 kW (156 PS) / 5800 210 Nm / 1800–5000 AQX / AYP 218 km/h 1999–2002
1.8T Cupra R 1,781 cc 20 132 kW (180 PS) / 5600 235 Nm / 2100–5000 AYP 225 km/h 2000–2001
Diesel engines
1.9 SDI 1,896 cc 8 50 kW (68 PS) / 4200 133 Nm / 2200–2600 AGP / AQM 161 km/h 1999–2002
1.9 TDI 1,896 cc 8 66 kW (90 PS) / 3750 210 Nm / 1900 AGR / ALH 180 km/h 1999–2002
1.9 TDI 1,896 cc 8 81 kW (110 PS) / 4150 235 Nm / 1900 ASK / ASV 193 km/h 1999–2002
Erwin Weber's SEAT Ibiza Kit car


SEAT was not involved in the World Rally Championship after the 1977 season, until 1995, when, after an 18-year gap, they returned with an Ibiza 1.8 16v driven by Erwin Weber in the Rally of Portugal, in the two-wheel drive category. That same year, Erwin Weber won the first place in the two-wheel drive category in the Acropolis Rally, with Antonio Rius in second place. The Copa Ibiza 16V also made its debut that year.[9] The successes of the 1995 season encouraged SEAT to participate the following year in the World Rally Championship in the 2.0 litre engine category, with the SEAT Ibiza Kit Car, a decision which proved to be successful as SEAT won the 1996 FIA 2-Litre World Rally Cup title, becoming the first brand to win the world title in its debut year. SEAT Sport in the next two seasons reaffirmed its domination, winning two consecutive 2-litre WRC championship titles in 1997 and 1998, with drivers Harri Rovanperä, Oriol Gómez, Toni Gardemeister, Jörgen Jonasson and Gwyndaf Evans.


In 2000, the SEAT Ibiza Mk2 was tested for its safety performance under the Euro NCAP assessment scheme and it achieved a 3-star overall rating:[14]
Overall rating 3/5 stars
Adult occupant 3/5 stars
Pedestrian 2/4 stars
Volkswagen Polo Playa, a rebadged SEAT Ibiza Mk2 (South Africa)


The Ibiza was also produced in South Africa and rebadged as the Volkswagen Polo Playa.


  • Car of the year 1994, in Spain[15]
  • Carro do Ano award in 1994, in Portugal[16]

Third generation (Typ 6L; 2002–2008)

SEAT Ibiza Mk3 (6L)
SEAT Ibiza Mk3 pre-facelift, front view
Production 2002–2008
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Bratislava, Slovakia
Designer Walter de'Silva
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Platform Volkswagen Group A04 (PQ24)
Related SEAT Córdoba Mk2
Volkswagen Polo Mk4
Volkswagen Fox
Škoda Fabia Mk1
Škoda Fabia Mk2
Engine Petrol engines:
1.2 L I3
1.4 L I4
1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4 20v Turbo
2.0 L I4
Diesel engines:
1.4 I3 L TDI
1.9 L I4 SDI
1.9 I4 L TDI
SEAT Ibiza Mk3 facelift
SEAT Ibiza Mk3 facelift, rear view
SEAT Ibiza Mk3 interior

The Ibiza Mk3 (Typ 6L) was the second Ibiza generation model to be fully produced under Volkswagen Group ownership. Built on the same PQ24 platform as the Volkswagen Polo Mk4 (Typ 9N), it is styled by the Italian designer Walter de Silva, intended to have a sporty, performance image. The model line up includes two hot hatch variants, the Ibiza FR and Cupra, which compensate for the lack of Polo hot hatch variants (the Polo GTI wasn't launched until 2006).

Its production was initially focused in SEAT's main plant in Martorell, Spain, however in September 2002 a decision was taken by the Volkswagen Group, i.e. SEAT's parent company, that a part of it (up to 50,000 units annually) would be transferred to Volkswagen's own plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Apart from the more aggressive styling, it was larger than the previous two generations, with room for five adults, and a spacious (if rather short) boot. The standard trim level on this model is noticeably higher than previous models. This is regarded by some magazines to be the best supermini, with What Car? magazine calling it "Car of the Year" in 2003, and their best "Supermini of the Year" for three years in a row.[17]

The SEAT Ibiza Mk3 has also been used for several purposes, as a police car or as a rally car.

The Ibiza Mk3 pre-facelift model was available with the Award, S, SX, Stylance, Reference, Signo, Stella, Sport, FR and Cupra trim levels.

Facelift (2006–2008)

The facelifted third generation Ibiza was launched from 2006 to 2008. In 2006, slight cosmetic changes were made to both the interior and exterior, but is otherwise the model is very similar to the original one. There were also introduced new trim levels (Reference, Stylance, Freerider, Sportrider, Sport, DAB Sport (2006 limited edition), Formula Sport (2007 limited edition), FR and Cupra, as well as engines with increased power (1.2 12v and 1.4 16v) and a new 1.4 litre Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel version. The FR and Cupra TDI versions use a 1.9 litre Pumpe-Düse diesel engine with 130 PS (96 kW; 128 bhp) and 165 PS (121 kW; 163 bhp) respectively. The latter engine is a development of the 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) unit used in the Golf GT and Leon FR, modified by SEAT Sport to improve breathing.

Engine specifications

Model Displacement Configuration Valves Max. power at rpm Max. torque at rpm Engine code Top speed Production period
Petrol engines
1.2 1,198 cc Inline-3 OHC 6 40 kW (54 PS) / 4750 106 Nm / 3000 AWY / BMD 155 km/h 2002–2007
1.2 1,198 cc Inline-3 OHC 6 44 kW (60 PS) / 5200 108 Nm / 3000 BBM 159 km/h 2007–2008
1.2 1,198 cc Inline-3 DOHC 12 47 kW (64 PS) / 5400 112 Nm / 3000 AZQ / BME 166 km/h 2002–2005
1.2 1,198 cc Inline-3 DOHC 12 51 kW (70 PS) / 5400 112 Nm / 3000 BZG 170 km/h 2006–2008
1.4 1,390 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 55 kW (75 PS) / 5000 126 Nm / 3800 AUA / BBY / BKY 169–173 km/h 2002–2006
1.4 1,390 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 63 kW (86 PS) / 5000 132 Nm / 3800 BXW 180 km/h 2006–2008
1.4 1,390 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 74 kW (101 PS) / 6000 126 Nm / 4400 AUB / BBZ 190 km/h 2007–2008
1.6 1,598 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 74 kW (101 PS) / 5500 140 Nm / 3250 BAH 187 km/h 2002–2009
1.6 1,598 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 77 kW (105 PS) / 5600 153 Nm / 3800 BTS 193 km/h 2006–2008
1.8T FR 1,781 cc Inline-4 DOHC 20 110 kW (150 PS) / 5800 220 Nm / 1950 BJX 216 km/h 2004–2008
1.8T Cupra 1,781 cc Inline-4 DOHC 20 132 kW (180 PS) / 5800 245 Nm / 2000 BBU 230 km/h 2004–2007
2.0 1,984 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 85 kW (115 PS) / 5200 170 Nm / 2400 AZL / BBX 200 km/h 2003–2004 (until 2009 for Latin-America)
Diesel engines
1.4 TDI 1,422 cc Inline-3 OHC 6 51 kW (70 PS) / 4000 155 Nm / 1600–2800 BNM 166 km/h 2005–2008
1,4 TDI 1,422 cc Inline-3 OHC 6 55 kW (75 PS) / 4000 195 Nm / 2200 AMF / BAY 170 km/h 2003–2005
1.4 TDI 1,422 cc Inline-3 OHC 6 59 kW (80 PS) / 4000 195 Nm / 2200 BNV / BMS 176 km/h 2005–2007
1.9 SDI 1,896 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 47 kW (64 PS) / 4000 125 Nm / 1600–2800 ASY 162 km/h 2002–2006
1.9 TDI 1,896 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 74 kW (101 PS) / 4000 240 Nm / 1800–2400 ATD / AXR / BMT 190 km/h 2002–2008
1.9 TDI
1,896 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 96 kW (130 PS) / 4000 310 Nm / 1900 ASZ / BLT 206 km/h (Sport)
208 km/h (FR)
2002–2004 (Sport)
2004–2008 (FR)
1.9 TDI
1,896 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 118 kW (160 PS) / 3750 330 Nm / 1900 BPX / BUK 220 km/h 2004–2007


SEAT Ibiza Vaillante concept car
In 2002, the SEAT Ibiza Mk3 was tested for its safety performance under the Euro NCAP assessment scheme and it achieved a 4-star overall rating:[18]
Overall rating 4/5 stars
Adult occupant 4/5 stars
Pedestrian 2/4 stars


  • Car of the Year award in 2003, by the British magazine WhatCar?[17]
  • Supermini of the Year award three years in a row, by the British magazine WhatCar?[19]

Concept cars

In the 2006 Geneva Motorshow SEAT presented the SEAT Ibiza Vaillante concept car which was based on a 3-door SEAT Ibiza Mk3 car.

Fourth generation (Typ 6J; 2008–present)

SEAT Ibiza Mk4 (6J)
Production 2008–present
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Designer Luc Donckerwolke
Body and chassis
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Platform Volkswagen Group A0 (PQ25)
Related Volkswagen Polo Mk5
Audi A1
Engine 1.2 L I3
1.2 L I4 TSI
1.4 L I4
1.4 L I4 TSI
1.6 L I4
2.0 L I4 (Mexico)
1.2 I3 L TDI
1.6 L I4 TDI
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
7-speed DSG automatic
Wheelbase 2,469 mm (97.2 in)
Length 4,031–4,072 mm (158.7–160.3 in) (3-door)
4,052 mm (159.5 in) (5-door)
4,227 mm (166.4 in) (estate)
Width 1,693 mm (66.7 in)
Height 1,420–1,428 mm (55.9–56.2 in) (3-door)
1,445 mm (56.9 in) (5-door, estate)
Kerb weight 974–1,172 kg (2,147–2,584 lb) (3-door)
999–1,120 kg (2,202–2,469 lb) (5-door)
SEAT Ibiza SC, rear view
SEAT Ibiza Mk4 interior

The Ibiza Mk4 (Typ 6J) was previewed at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the Bocanegra concept car.[20] It was styled by the Belgian car designer Luc Donckerwolke with the distinctive 'arrow design', dispensing with the basic Ibiza design language that had been in place since the 1984 original, and being the first among other Volkswagen Group models (Volkswagen Polo Mk5 and Audi A1) to use the latest Volkswagen Group PQ25 platform in the segment of supermini cars,[21][22][23][24]

The model range features a 5-door hatchback, a 3-door version and a 5-door estate, the latter was added in Q4 2010.

The new model first went on sale in the summer of 2008, in the five-door format,[25] followed by a three-door variant, marketed as the Ibiza SportCoupé or Ibiza SC. An Ibiza Ecomotive model, powered by an 80 PS (59 kW; 79 bhp), 1.4 litre diesel engine emitting 98 g/km of CO2, was launched late in 2008.[26]

High-performance Ibiza FR, Cupra and Bocanegra models were launched in June 2009.[27] The Ibiza FR is powered by a 150 PS (110 kW; 148 bhp) 1.4 TSI twincharger (turbo and supercharger) engine with a seven-speed Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG),[28] while the Ibiza Cupra and Bocanegra have the same powertrain tuned to 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp).[29]

In January 2010, SEAT introduced first in the Volkswagen Group on the Ibiza's specific platform the 2.0 TDI Diesel engine in both SportCoupe and five-door Ibiza FR specification. The 2.0 TDI boasts 143 PS (105 kW; 141 bhp) and an average consumption of 4.6 L/100 km (61 mpg-imp; 51 mpg-US).[30][31]

In September 2010, the Ibiza's SportCoupe and five-door range was extended with the further addition of the new 1.2 TSI 105 PS (77 kW; 104 bhp) engine.[32]

A special version of the Ibiza Mk4, called "25th anniversary", was presented at the Barcelona Motor Show in 2009, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of SEAT's best seller Ibiza.[33]

There are many different trim levels for the Ibiza Mk4.[34] From 2009 onwards, the SEAT Ibiza was used exclusively by the UK-based Young Driver Scheme. The Young Driver Scheme uses a mixture of the SportsCoupe and 5-door variants, powered by the 1.2 engine.[35]

In July 2010, a revised Ibiza Ecomotive was announced, powered by 75 PS (55 kW; 74 bhp) 1.2 TDI common rail diesel engine with CO2 emissions of 89 g/km.[36]


SEAT Ibiza Mk4 facelift, front view

The facelift model was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and sales began shortly thereafter. The facelift consisted of a light exterior and interior refresh.

Ibiza ST

A 5-door estate car variant, the Ibiza ST, was announced in March 2010, at the Geneva Motor Show.[37] The Ibiza ST is 4.23 m (167 in) long, which increases the boot volume to 430 litres. Two new engine options were introduced with this model, a 105 PS 1.2 TSI (petrol) and a 75 PS 1.2 TDI diesel.[38]


A white SEAT Ibiza CONNECT edition at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The CONNECT model was presented at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show[39] and is equipped with Full Link connectivity technology, the Samsung Galaxy A3 and the SEAT ConnectApp. This allows the user’s smartphone to be connected to the car’s infotainment system and use connectivity features. The SEAT Ibiza CONNECT has a range of exterior body colours that allow the mirrors and wheels to be customised.

Engine specifications

Model Displacement Configuration Valves Max. power at rpm Max. torque at rpm Engine code Production period
Petrol engines
1.2 1,198 cc Inline-3 OHC 6 44 kW (60 PS) / 5200 108 Nm / 3000 BKV 5/2009–
1.2 1,198 cc Inline-3 DOHC 12 51 kW (70 PS) / 5400 112 Nm / 3000 BZG 4/2008–
1.2 TSI (*) 1,197 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 77 kW (105 PS) / 5000 175 Nm / 1550−4100 CBZB 3/2010–
1.4 (*) 1,390 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 63 kW (85 PS) / 5000 132 Nm / 3800 BXW 4/2008–
1.4 TSI FR ACT 1,395 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 103 kW (140 PS) / 4500-6000 250 Nm / 1500−3500 CAVF 5/2009–
1.4 TSI FR 1,390 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 110 kW (150 PS) / 5800 220 Nm / 1250−4500 CAVF 5/2009–
1.4 TSI Cupra 1,390 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 132 kW (180 PS) / 6200 250 Nm / 2000−4500 CAVE 5/2009–
1.6 1,598 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 77 kW (105 PS) / 5600 153 Nm / 3800 BTS 4/2008–04/2010
1.6 LPG Bifuel 1,598 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 60 kW (81 PS)/ 4000−6000 145 Nm / 3800 CNKA 05/2011 –
2.0 (Mexico) 1,984 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 85 kW (115 PS) / 5200 170 Nm / 2400 CEKA
Diesel engines
1.2 TDI CR DPF (*) 1,199 cc Inline-3 DOHC 12 55 kW (75 PS) / 4200 180 Nm / 1500–3450 CFWA 5/2010–
1.4 TDI PD DPF 1,422 cc Inline-3 OHC 6 59 kW (80 PS) / 4000 195 Nm / 2200 BMS 4/2008–4/2010
1.6 TDI CR DPF (*) 1,598 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 66 kW (90 PS) / 4200 230 Nm / 1500–2500 CAYB 5/2009–
1.6 TDI CR DPF (*) 1,598 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 77 kW (105 PS) / 4400 250 Nm / 1500–2500 CAYC 10/2009–
1.9 TDI PD DPF 1,896 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 66 kW (90 PS) / 4000 210 Nm / 1800–2500 BXJ 4/2008–5/2009
1.9 TDI PD DPF 1,896 cc Inline-4 OHC 8 77 kW (105 PS) / 4000 240 Nm / 1900 BLS 4/2008–5/2009
2.0 TDI FR CR DPF 1,968 cc Inline-4 DOHC 16 105 kW (143 PS) / 4200 320 Nm / 1750–2500 CBAB 10/2009–

Note: (*) Also fitted on the Ibiza ST


In 2008, the SEAT Ibiza Mk4 was tested for its safety performance under the Euro NCAP assessment scheme and it achieved a 5-star overall rating:[40]
Overall rating 5/5 stars
Adult occupant 5/5 stars
Child occupant 4/5 stars
Pedestrian 3/4 stars

Concept cars

SEAT Ibz concept car

The preview of the Ibiza ST was shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of the SEAT Ibz concept car.[41]

Second facelift

The Ibiza received a second, more thorough facelift in 2015. The interior as well as the exterior have been changed. According to SEAT, the interior raw materials used are higher in quality and the overall design is more driver focused and ergonomic. With the steering wheel, gear stick, air vents, radio buttons and door handles it’s possible to personalise with a range of available colours. The centre console is more accessible and there are multiple new technology additions. It is equipped with a Multifunctional Steering Wheel, ambient lighting and an integrated navigation system along with Full Link technology. The Full Link technology allows connectivity with the driver’s mobile phone in a safe and easy way. Mirror Link technology, through the second generation MIB infotainment system, also replicates the smartphone screen when a compatible device is plugged in. Full Link is also compatible with both Android and Apple smartphones.

The 2015 SEAT Ibiza

The safety features included are: Day Running full LED lights, Parking Assist with audio warnings and a Rear View Camera which provides live video from the rear of the car to make the driver aware of obstacles when reversing.

Externally, the biggest difference is full LED lights. It will be available as a Five Door, Sport Coupé, and Sport Tourer, as with the previous Ibiza. A range of Volkswagen Group's new 1.0 litre three-cylinder engines (MPI and TSI) are perhaps the biggest news for the facelifted Ibiza.


Along with other SEATs, the Ibiza has been a markedly reliable vehicle – more so than the Volkswagen Polo and the Skoda Fabia, with which it shares platforms as issued in the 2010 Reliability index of Warranty direct, i.e. the UK-based provider of mechanical warranties for used cars.

In the 2010 survey the SEAT Ibiza ranks within the list of the UK's 100 most reliable cars of the last decade,[42] a result repeating from previous years as for example in 2006 Warranty direct also rated the Ibiza with a reliability index putting the model again into the list of the UK's 100 most reliable cars.[43][44]

The high level of Ibiza's reliability has also been reaffirmed in the German magazine's Autobild endurance tests in 2011, during which it achieved not only the "best result of any car in the VW Group" but also the "best result for a small car in the history of the AutoBild 100,000 km endurance tests".[45]

Sales and production figures

Since the first generation of the SEAT Ibiza launched in 1984, more than 4 million SEAT Ibiza cars have been sold in its four generations up to the present.[1]

Model Ibiza Mk1 Ibiza Mk2 Ibiza Mk3
Years 1984–1993 1993–2002 2002–2007
Total sales[1] 1,342,001 1,522,607 1,084,989

In the year 2009, the total annual retail sales number of SEAT Ibiza cars was 170,833 vehicles,[46] while the annual production of SEAT Ibiza vehicles made in SEAT's Martorell plant came up to 173,715 units.

The total production per year of SEAT Ibiza cars, manufactured in SEAT and other Volkswagen group's plants, is shown in the following table:
Model 1998[47] 1999[47] 2000[48] 2001[49] 2002[50] 2003[51] 2004[52] 2005[53] 2006[54] 2007[55] 2008[56] 2009[57] 2010[58]
Total annual production 180,775 194,245 199,279 188,427 197,311 220,497 183,754 168,645 183,848 172,206 192,470 173,715 189,083

See also


External links

  • SEAT Ibiza SC – SEAT UK website
  • SEAT Ibiza 5dr – SEAT UK website
  • SEAT Ibiza ST – SEAT UK website
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