|Body and chassis|
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.
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.
- 1 First generation (021A; 1984–1993)
- 2 Second generation (Typ 6K; 1993–2002)
- 3 Third generation (Typ 6L; 2002–2008)
- 4 Fourth generation (Typ 6J; 2008–present)
- 5 Reliability
- 6 Sales and production figures
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
First generation (021A; 1984–1993)
|SEAT Ibiza Mk1 (021A)|
SEAT Ibiza Mk1 pre-facelift
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback
Nanjing Yuejin Soyat
|Engine||903 cc I4 petrol
1,193 cc I4 petrol
1,461 cc I4 petrol
1,675 cc I4 petrol
1,714 cc I4 diesel
|Wheelbase||2,443 mm (96.2 in)|
|Length||3,683 mm (145.0 in)|
|Width||1,610 mm (63.4 in)|
|Height||1,395 mm (54.9 in)|
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 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. 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 Giorgetto Giugiaro's Italdesign, and being prepared for industrialisation by the German manufacturer Karmann. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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 109 PS (80 kW) turbocharged version of the 1.5-litre engine was developed for the Swiss market and presented in March 1989.
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.
All engines were inline-four-cylinder units, front transverse mounted: 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.
|Model||Displacement||Max. power||Max. torque||Top speed|
|0.9 8V||903 cc||46 PS (34 kW)||56 N·m (41 lb·ft)||130 km/h (81 mph)|
|1.2 8V||1,193 cc||63–70 PS (46–51 kW)||86–96 N·m (63–71 lb·ft)||155–157 km/h (96–98 mph)|
|1.5 8V||1,461 cc||85 PS (63 kW)||116 N·m (86 lb·ft)||175 km/h (109 mph)|
|1.5 8V||1,461 cc||90–100 PS (66–74 kW)||120–128 N·m (89–94 lb·ft)||175–184 km/h (109–114 mph)|
|1.7 8V||1,675 cc||98 PS (72 kW)||138 N·m (102 lb·ft)||182 km/h (113 mph)|
|1.7 D||1,714 cc||55–58 PS (40–43 kW)||98 N·m (72 lb·ft)||150 km/h (93 mph)|
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, 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.
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. 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.
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.
Second generation (Typ 6K; 1993–2002)
|SEAT Ibiza Mk2 (6K)|
1996–1999 SEAT Ibiza Mk2 facelift
|Also called||Volkswagen Polo Playa (South Africa)|
Ipiranga, Brazil (1996 only)
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A03|
|Related||SEAT Córdoba Mk1
Volkswagen Polo Mk3
Volkswagen Polo Classic
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
1.9 L I4 D/SDI
1.9 L I4 TD/TDI
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.
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.
|Model||Displacement||Valves||Max. power / rpm||Max. torque / rpm||Engine code||Production period|
|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|
|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||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|
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 1000 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.
|Model||Displacement||Valves||Max. power / rpm||Max. torque / rpm||Engine code||Top speed||Production period|
|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|
|1.4 MPI||1,390 cc||16||74 kW (101 PS) / 6000||128 Nm / 4500||AFK / AUB||188 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||8||74 kW (101 PS) / 5600||145 Nm / 3800||AKL / APF / AEH / AUR||184–188 km/h||1999–2002|
|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||2000–2002|
|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|
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. 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.
- Car of the year 1994, in Spain
- Carro do Ano award in 1994, in Portugal
- University car of the Year in 1995 and 1996, in Spain
Third generation (Typ 6L; 2002–2008)
|SEAT Ibiza Mk3 (6L)|
SEAT Ibiza Mk3 pre-facelift, front view
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A04 (PQ24)|
|Related||SEAT Córdoba Mk2
Volkswagen Polo Mk4
Škoda Fabia Mk1
Škoda Fabia Mk2
1.2 L I3
1.4 L I4
1.6 L I4
1.8 L I4 20v Turbo
2.0 L I4
1.4 I3 L TDI
1.9 L I4 SDI
1.9 I4 L TDI
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.
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.
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.
|Model||Displacement||Configuration||Valves||Max. power at rpm||Max. torque at rpm||Engine code||Top speed||Production period|
|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)|
|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|
|1,896 cc||Inline-4 OHC||8||96 kW (130 PS) / 4000||310 Nm / 1900||ASZ / BLT||206 km/h (Sport)
208 km/h (FR)
|1,896 cc||Inline-4 OHC||8||118 kW (160 PS) / 3750||330 Nm / 1900||BPX / BUK||220 km/h||2004–2007|
- Car of the Year award in 2003, by the British magazine WhatCar?
- Supermini of the Year award three years in a row, by the British magazine WhatCar?
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)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A0 (PQ25)|
|Related||Volkswagen Polo Mk5
|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
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)
The Ibiza Mk4 (Typ 6J) was previewed at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the Bocanegra concept car. 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,
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, 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.
High-performance Ibiza FR, Cupra and Bocanegra models were launched in June 2009. 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), while the Ibiza Cupra and Bocanegra have the same powertrain tuned to 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp).
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 hp (107 kW; 145 PS) and an average consumption of 4.6 L/100 km (61 mpg-imp; 51 mpg-US).
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.
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.
There are many different trim levels for the Ibiza Mk4. 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.
In September 2011, a facelifted model was spotted during night-time testing.
The facelift model was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and sales have now begun.
A 5-door estate car variant, the Ibiza ST, was announced in March 2010, at the Geneva Motor Show. 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.
|Model||Displacement||Configuration||Valves||Max. power at rpm||Max. torque at rpm||Engine code||Production period|
|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||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|
|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
- Red Dot "Best of the Best" award in 2009 for the high quality design of the 5 door SEAT Ibiza, from the Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany) Design Centre
- Red Dot award in 2009 for outstanding quality of the SEAT Ibiza SC, from the Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany) Design Centre
- Golden Steering Wheel 2009 in the small car category award, in Germany
- Compact Car of the Year 2009 award in the Netherlands, by the Dutch motoring club ANWB
- Auto 1 award in Poland, by the Auto Bild magazine
- Car of the Year 2009 award in Spain, by the Grupo Editorial Prensa Ibérica, the La Vanguardia newspaper and the Autofácil magazine
- Small Car of the Year 2009 award in Portugal, by the magazine Car of the Year – Crystal Steering Wheel Trophy
- Most Wanted Vehicle of 2009 award in the Republic of Macedonia, by the "Auto Magazine" television programme
- Young Car 2009 award by the Spanish magazine Car and Driver, for the SEAT Ibiza SC
- Sporty Car of the Year 2010 award in Portugal, for the SEAT Ibiza Cupra
- ECOBEST 2008 award for the SEAT Ibiza ECOMOTIVE as the most ecological car of the year
- The most secure vehicle in the City Car/Supermini category by the British Insurance Vehicle Security (BIVS) 2009 award in Great Britain, by Thatcham - the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre
- Best TV Commercial of 2010 award in Spain by the Spanish magazine Car and Driver
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, 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.
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".
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.
|Model||Ibiza Mk1||Ibiza Mk2||Ibiza Mk3|
In the year 2009, the total annual retail sales number of SEAT Ibiza cars was 170,833 vehicles, 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:
|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|
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