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SEAT Ibiza
2012-03-07 Motorshow Geneva 4648.JPG
Manufacturer SEAT
Production (CO2) 1984–present
Predecessor SEAT Fura
Class Supermini
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive

The SEAT Ibiza is a supermini car manufactured by the Spanish automaker SEAT. It is SEAT's best-selling car and perhaps the most popular model in the company's range.[1]

The name Ibiza comes from the Spanish island of Ibiza, and its use in the supermini car inaugurated the new nomenclature in naming models after Spanish locations.

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)Edit

SEAT Ibiza Mk1 (021A)
SEAT Ibiza Mk1 pre-facelift
Production (CO2) 1984–1993
Assembly Barcelona, Spain
Nanjing, China
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
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)
Related Fiat Ritmo
SEAT Ronda
SEAT Málaga
Nanjing Yuejin Soyat
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro
File:Seat Ibiza front 20080718.jpg
File:SEAT Ibiza crono.jpg
File:Seat Ibiza rear 20071002.jpg

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 Giorgetto Giugiaro's 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.

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 109 PS (80 kW) 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 specificationsEdit

File:SEAT System Porsche engine.jpg

All engines were inline-four-cylinder units, front transverse mounted:[7] The 0.9-litre and 1.2-litre engines had carburetor injection system, as well as 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 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)
Diesel engines
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,[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]


File:Seat Ibiza Cabrio offen.JPG

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.

Concept carsEdit

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.[12]

Second generation (Typ 6K; 1993–2002)Edit

SEAT Ibiza Mk2 (6K)
Seat Ibiza 2 front 20071004.jpg
1996–1999 SEAT Ibiza Mk2 facelift
Also called Volkswagen Polo Playa (South Africa)
Production (CO2) 1993–1999 (6K)
1999–2002 (6K2)
Assembly Martorell, Spain,
Ipiranga, Brazil (1996 only)
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Platform Volkswagen Group A03
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
Related SEAT Córdoba Mk1
Volkswagen Polo Mk3
Volkswagen Polo Classic
Volkswagen Caddy
Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro
File:Seat Ibiza 2 rear 20071004.jpg
File:SEAT Ibiza Mk2 pre-facelift interior.JPG

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.

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.

6K minor faceliftEdit

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 specificationsEdit

Model Displacement Valves Max. power / rpm Max. torque / rpm Engine code Production period
Petrol engines
1.0 MPI999 cc837 kW (50 PS) / 500086 Nm / 3000–3600AER1996–1999
1.05 i1,043 cc833 kW (45 PS) / 520076 Nm / 2800AAU1993–1996
1.3 i1,272 cc840 kW (54 PS) / 500095 Nm / 3200–3400AAV1993–1994
1.4 i1,391 cc844 kW (60 PS) / 5200107 Nm / 2400–2800ABD1994–1996
1.4 MPI1,390 cc844 kW (60 PS) / 4700116 Nm / 2800–3200AEX / APQ1996–1999
1.4 MPI GT1,390 cc1674 kW (101 PS) / 6000128 Nm / 4400AFH1996–1999
1.6 i1,598 cc855 kW (75 PS) / 5200126 Nm / 3400ABU1993–1994
1.6 i1,595 cc855 kW (75 PS) / 5200125 Nm / 26001F1994–1997
1.6 MPI1,598 cc855 kW (75 PS) / 4800135 Nm / 2800–3600AEE1997–1999
1.6 MPI1,595 cc874 kW (101 PS) / 5800140 Nm / 3500AFT1996–1999
1.8 i1,781 cc866 kW (90 PS) / 5500145 Nm / 2700–2900ABS / ADZ1993–1996
1.8 MPI GTI1,781 cc1695 kW (129 PS) / 6000165 Nm / 4800ADL1994–1996
2.0 MPI GTI1,984 cc885 kW (115 PS) / 5400166 Nm / 32002E1993–1996
2.0 MPI GTI1,984 cc885 kW (115 PS) / 5400166 Nm / 2600AGG1996–1999
2.0 MPI GTI1,984 cc16110 kW (150 PS) / 6000180 Nm / 4200–5000ABF1996–1999
Diesel engines
1.9 D1,896 cc847 kW (64 PS) / 4400124 Nm / 2000–30001Y1996–1999
1.9 D1,896 cc850 kW (68 PS) / 4400127 Nm / 2200–26001Y1993–1996
1.9 SDI1,896 cc847 kW (64 PS) / 4200125 Nm / 2200–2800AEY1996–1999
1.9 TD1,896 cc855 kW (75 PS) / 4200150 Nm / 2400–3400AAZ1993–1996
1.9 TDI1,896 cc866 kW (90 PS) / 4000202 Nm / 19001Z07.1996–12.1996
1.9 TDI1,896 cc866 kW (90 PS) / 4000210 Nm / 1900AHU1996–1999
1.9 TDI GT1,896 cc881 kW (110 PS) / 4150235 Nm / 1900AFN1996–1999
File:SEAT Ibiza Mk2 fl interior.JPG

6K2 faceliftEdit

File:Seat Ibiza vr blue.jpg
File:SEAT Córdoba 6K fl console.jpg

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.[citation needed] 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 specificationsEdit

Model Displacement Valves Max. power / rpm Max. torque / rpm Engine code Top speed Production period
Petrol engines
1.0 MPI999 cc837 kW (50 PS) / 500086 Nm / 3000–3600ALD / ANV / AUC145 km/h1999–2002
1.0 MPI999 cc1651 kW (70 PS) / 620091 Nm / 4500AVZ165 km/h2000–2002
1.4 MPI1,390 cc844 kW (60 PS) / 4700116 Nm / 3500AKK / ANW / AUD157 km/h1999–2002
1.4 MPI1,390 cc1655 kW (75 PS) / 5000128 Nm / 3300APE / AUA170 km/h1999–2002
1.4 MPI1,390 cc1674 kW (101 PS) / 6000128 Nm / 4500AFK / AUB188 km/h1999–2002
1.6 MPI1,598 cc855 kW (75 PS) / 4800135 Nm / 3200ALM170 km/h1999–2000
1.6 MPI1,595 cc874 kW (101 PS) / 5600145 Nm / 3800AKL / APF / AEH / AUR184–188 km/h1999–2002
1.8T Cupra1,781 cc20115 kW (156 PS) / 5800210 Nm / 1800–5000AQX / AYP218 km/h1999–2002
1.8T Cupra R1,781 cc20132 kW (180 PS) / 5600235 Nm / 2100–5000AYP225 km/h2000–2002
Diesel engines
1.9 SDI1,896 cc850 kW (68 PS) / 4200133 Nm / 2200–2600AGP / AQM161 km/h1999–2002
1.9 TDI1,896 cc866 kW (90 PS) / 3750210 Nm / 1900AGR / ALH180 km/h1999–2002
1.9 TDI1,896 cc881 kW (110 PS) / 4150235 Nm / 1900ASK / ASV193 km/h1999–2002
File:Seat Ibiza Kit Car.jpg


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 Championship 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.

File:Airbag SEAT Ibiza.jpg


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:[13]

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


  • Car of the year 1994, in Spain[14]
  • Carro do Ano award in 1994, in Portugal[15]
  • University car of the Year in 1995 and 1996, in Spain[14]

Third generation (Typ 6L; 2002–2008)Edit

SEAT Ibiza Mk3 (6L)
Seat Ibiza 3-door silver.jpg
SEAT Ibiza Mk3 pre-facelift, front view
Production (CO2) 2002–2008
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Bratislava, Slovakia
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
Platform Volkswagen Group A04 (PQ24)
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
Related SEAT Córdoba Mk2
Volkswagen Polo Mk4
Volkswagen Fox
Škoda Fabia Mk1
Škoda Fabia Mk2
Designer Walter de Silva
File:Seat Ibiza III Facelift front 20091011.jpg
File:Seat Ibiza rear 20080808.jpg
File:SEAT Ibiza Mk3 interior.JPG

The Ibiza Mk3 (Typ 6L) is 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.[16]

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.

Engine specificationsEdit

Model Displacement Configuration Valves Max. power at rpm Max. torque at rpm Engine code Top speed Production period
Petrol engines
1.21,198 ccInline-3 OHC640 kW (54 PS) / 4750106 Nm / 3000AWY / BMD155 km/h2002–2007
1.21,198 ccInline-3 OHC644 kW (60 PS) / 5200108 Nm / 3000BBM159 km/h2007–2008
1.21,198 ccInline-3 DOHC1247 kW (64 PS) / 5400112 Nm / 3000AZQ / BME166 km/h2002–2005
1.21,198 ccInline-3 DOHC1251 kW (70 PS) / 5400112 Nm / 3000BZG170 km/h2006–2008
1.41,390 ccInline-4 DOHC1655 kW (75 PS) / 5000126 Nm / 3800AUA / BBY / BKY169–173 km/h2002–2006
1.41,390 ccInline-4 DOHC1663 kW (86 PS) / 5000132 Nm / 3800BXW180 km/h2006–2008
1.41,390 ccInline-4 DOHC1674 kW (101 PS) / 6000126 Nm / 4400AUB / BBZ190 km/h2007–2008
1.61,598 ccInline-4 OHC874 kW (101 PS) / 5500140 Nm / 3250BAH187 km/h2002–?
1.61,598 ccInline-4 DOHC1677 kW (105 PS) / 5600153 Nm / 3800BTS193 km/h2006–2008
1.8T FR1,781 ccInline-4 DOHC20110 kW (150 PS) / 5800220 Nm / 1950BJX216 km/h2004–2008
1.8T Cupra1,781 ccInline-4 DOHC20132 kW (180 PS) / 5800245 Nm / 2000BBU230 km/h2004–2007
2.01,984 ccInline-4 OHC885 kW (115 PS) / 5200170 Nm / 2400AZL / BBX200 km/h2003–2004
Diesel engines
1.4 TDI1,422 ccInline-3 OHC651 kW (70 PS) / 4000155 Nm / 1600–2800BNM166 km/h2005–2008
1,4 TDI1,422 ccInline-3 OHC655 kW (75 PS) / 4000195 Nm / 2200AMF / BAY170 km/h2003–2005
1.4 TDI1,422 ccInline-3 OHC659 kW (80 PS) / 4000195 Nm / 2200BNV / BMS176 km/h2005–2007
1.9 SDI1,896 ccInline-4 OHC847 kW (64 PS) / 4000125 Nm / 1600–2800ASY162 km/h2002–2006
1.9 TDI1,896 ccInline-4 OHC874 kW (101 PS) / 4000240 Nm / 1800–2400ATD / AXR / BMT190 km/h2002–2008
1.9 TDI
1,896 ccInline-4 OHC896 kW (130 PS) / 4000310 Nm / 1900ASZ / BLT206 km/h (Sport)
208 km/h (FR)
2002–2004 (Sport)
2004–2008 (FR)
1.9 TDI
1,896 ccInline-4 OHC8118 kW (160 PS) / 3750330 Nm / 1900BPX / BUK220 km/h2004–2007


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:[17]

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  • Car of the Year award in 2003, by the British magazine WhatCar?[16]
  • Supermini of the Year award three years in a row, by the British magazine WhatCar?[18]

Concept carsEdit

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)Edit

SEAT Ibiza Mk4 (6J)
Seat Ibiza (6J) – Frontansicht, 25. April 2011, Ratingen.jpg
Production (CO2) 2008–present
Assembly Martorell, Spain
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Platform Volkswagen Group A0 (PQ25)
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
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 (2,150–2,580 lb) (3-door)
999–1,120 kg (2,200–2,500 lb) (5-door)
Related Audi A1
Volkswagen Polo Mk5
Designer Luc Donckerwolke
File:Seat Ibiza 6J SC Style Candyweiß Heck.JPG

The Ibiza Mk4 (Typ 6J) was previewed at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show in the form of the Bocanegra concept car.[19] 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,[20][21][22][23]

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,[24] 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.[25]

High-performance Ibiza FR, Cupra and Bocanegra models were launched in June 2009.[26] 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),[27] while the Ibiza Cupra and Bocanegra have the same powertrain tuned to 180 PS (132 kW; 178 bhp).[28]

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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).[29][30]

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.[31]

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.[32]

There are many different trim levels for the Ibiza Mk4.[33] 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 the 1.2 engine.[34]

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.[35]


In September 2011, a facelifted model was spotted during night-time testing.[36]

The facelift model was launched at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and sales have now began.

Ibiza STEdit

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]

Engine specificationsEdit

Model Displacement Configuration Valves Max. power at rpm Max. torque at rpm Engine code Production period
Petrol engines
1.21,198 cc Inline-3 OHC 644 kW (60 PS) / 5200108 Nm / 3000BKV5/2009–
1.21,198 cc Inline-3 DOHC 1251 kW (70 PS) / 5400112 Nm / 3000BZG4/2008–
1.2 TSI (*)1,197 ccInline-4 OHC877 kW (105 PS) / 5000175 Nm / 1550−4100CBZB3/2010–
1.4 (*)1,390 ccInline-4 DOHC1663 kW (85 PS) / 5000132 Nm / 3800BXW4/2008–
1.4 TSI FR1,390 ccInline-4 DOHC16110 kW (150 PS) / 5800220 Nm / 1250−4500CAVF5/2009–
1.4 TSI Cupra1,390 ccInline-4 DOHC16132 kW (180 PS) / 6200250 Nm / 2000−4500CAVE5/2009–
1.61,598 ccInline-4 DOHC1677 kW (105 PS) / 5600153 Nm / 3800BTS4/2008–04/2010
2.0 (Mexico)1,984 ccInline-4 OHC885 kW (115 PS) / 5200170 Nm / 2400CEKA
Diesel engines
1.2 TDI CR DPF (*)1,199 ccInline-3 DOHC1255 kW (75 PS) / 4200180 Nm / 1500–3450CFWA5/2010–
1.4 TDI PD DPF1,422 ccInline-3 OHC659 kW (80 PS) / 4000195 Nm / 2200BMS4/2008–4/2010
1.6 TDI CR DPF (*)1,598 ccInline-4 DOHC1666 kW (90 PS) / 4200230 Nm / 1500–2500CAYB5/2009–
1.6 TDI CR DPF (*)1,598 ccInline-4 DOHC1677 kW (105 PS) / 4400250 Nm / 1500–2500CAYC10/2009–
1.9 TDI PD DPF1,896 ccInline-4 OHC866 kW (90 PS) / 4000210 Nm / 1800–2500BXJ4/2008–5/2009
1.9 TDI PD DPF1,896 ccInline-4 OHC877 kW (105 PS) / 4000240 Nm / 1900BLS4/2008–5/2009
2.0 TDI FR CR DPF1,968 ccInline-4 DOHC16105 kW (143 PS) / 4200320 Nm / 1750–2500CBAB10/2009–

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:[39]

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  • 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[40]
  • Red Dot award in 2009 for outstanding quality of the SEAT Ibiza SC, from the Nordrhein Westfalen (Germany) Design Centre[40]
  • Golden Steering Wheel 2009 in the small car category award, in Germany
  • Compact Car of the Year 2009 award in Holland, 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[41]
  • 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[42]
  • 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[43]
  • Best TV Commercial of 2010 award in Spain by the Spanish magazine Car and Driver[44]

Concept carsEdit

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The preview of the Ibiza ST was shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in the form of the SEAT Ibz concept car.[45]


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,[46] 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.[47][48]

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".[49]

Sales and production figuresEdit

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 Mk1Ibiza Mk2Ibiza Mk3
Years 1984–19931993–20022002–2007
Total sales[1] 1,342,0011,522,6071,084,989

In the year 2009, the total annual retail sales number of SEAT Ibiza cars was 170,833 vehicles,[50] 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 180,775194,245199,279188,427197,311220,497183,754168,645183,848172,206192,470173,715189,083

See alsoEdit


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