SEAT Ibiza (2008–2017)

Model History

April 2008

New Ibiza announced

The new car offers a variety of options such as the availability of a new seven-speed DSG automatic/sequential manual gearbox, Hill Hold Assist, front fog lights with side illumination (cornering) function and combined AUX-IN/USB connectivity for all manner of music devices. Improved rear seat legroom and a significantly larger and more practical boot space at 292 litres.

Sitting on a new version of the renowned Ibiza Agile Chassis, with wider front and rear tracks (30 mm and 33 mm respectively) the new car looks and feels even more planted, and delivers both a composed ride and class-leading, sporty handling.

Three petrol engine options: 1.2-litre chain cam three cylinder 70 PS; flexible 1.4-litre chain cam 85 PS four cylinder or sporty 1.6-litre chain cam four cylinder 102 PS. All with five-speed manual gearbox, and all have undergone engineering modifications to ensure emissions fall comfortably below 160 g/km. Direct-injection TDI Ibiza five-doors arriving later. New head and thorax-focused front side airbags, and the extensive availability of ESP and TCS.

Ibiza 1.2 S 5-dr £8,995 (15% BIK)
Ibiza 1.2 S 5-dr a/c £9,495 (15% BIK)
Ibiza 1.4 SE 5-dr £10,395 (17% BIK)
Ibiza 1.4 Sport 5-dr £10,695 (17% BIK)
Ibiza 1.6 Sport 5-dr £10,695 (20% BIK)

October 2008

Ibiza Ecomotive revealed

The green Ibiza has an official CO2 emissions figure of just 99g/km and qualifies for free VED. Available in both 5dr and SC versions, the Ibiza Ecomotive is equipped with a clean and frugal 80 PS 1.4 TDI engine with DPF diesel particulate filter. Its notably low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are achieved through engine software modifications, as well as enhancements to the gearbox and gear ratios, the fitment of new 175/70 R14 low rolling-resistance tyres and the substitution of the spare wheel for a puncture kit. New closed front grille and revised rear spoiler which combine to reduce air resistance.

February 2009

New Black special edition Ibiza. Based on the Ibiza 5dr 1.4 Sport the Ibiza Black has unique front and rear bumpers, side skirts, striking tailgate roof spoiler, arch-filling 17 alloys, dark tinted rear windows and Black Magic metallic paint Priced at £12,345 RRP.

Air conditioning, sports seats, electric windows all round, six-speaker radio/MP3-compatible CD with steering column-mounted remote controls and Aux-in socket, leather steering wheel and gearknob, body-coloured heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, trip computer and integrated front fog lights with cornering function are also part of the Ibiza Blacks standard fit kit. 1.4-litre 85 PS petrol engine mated to a smooth and precise five-speed manual gearbox. A top speed of 108 mph and 0-62 mph time of 12.2 seconds sits alongside combined CO2 emissions of just 149 g/km and impressive combined fuel economy of 45.6 mpg. Low insurance group 3E.

May 2009

New 105PS belt cam 1.6-litre common rail four cylinder TDI arrived Summer 2009. It sits alongside the all-new Ibiza Ecomotive, which is powered by a super-frugal 1.4-litre three cylinder TDI which, like the 1.6-litre TDI CR, boasts a diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard.

April 2011

SEAT introduces new Ibiza Copa. The new trim level is launched in all three Ibiza bodystyles – sporty 3dr SC, practical 5dr and capacious ST estate – in one designation, SE Copa, and with a simple choice between two of the most popular engines, 1.4 16V petrol or 1.2 TDI CR turbodiesel.

These features come in addition to the standard Ibiza SE’s medley of equipment which features the likes of cruise control, six-speaker MP3 compatible radio/CD with AUX-in and steering column-mounted controls, alarm, immobiliser and electric windows all round.

Ibiza SE Copa prices start at a highly competitive £11,995 RRP for the SC version.

January 2012

Announcement of improvements from Spring 2012

The t rapezoidal grille has flatter proportions and the horizontal honeycomb structure of the grille and the lower air intake emphasise the car's width. The bumpers front and rear have been redesigned, with a look that is particularly accentuated on the sporty Ibiza FR version. Standard equipment on the FR, and available as an option on other models, are large fog lamps with integrated cornering light.

Headlamps are available in two halogen versions or with optional bi-xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights. The DRLs trace the form of the headlamps to deliver a unique light signature, as do the optional LED rear lights.

Interior detail changes include new design of Climatronic climate control system, new paint surfaces, new instrument binnacle with improved display, significantly larger glove compartment, another now 1-.7 litres.

Range of petrol units extends from economical 1.2-litre 60 PS to1.4 TSI with supercharger and turbocharger. A peak power figure of 150PS and standard-fit DSG transmission give 7.5 second 0-60 and top speed of 132mph. In the new Ibiza, this power unit is now also available in the ST creating an Ibiza ST FR.

Particular efficiency is delivered by the Ibiza 1.2 TSI Ecomotive - a state-of-the-art turbocharged power unit with 105PS it offers a refined drive with its maximum torque of 175 Nm at just 1,550 rpm, yet an EC 55mpg combined with to start/stop.

Ibiza 1.2 TDI E Ecomotive, also with a start/stop system offers EC combined 83mpg, equating to 89g/kmin all bodyshell variants. Yet the compact hi-tech TDI delivers strong performance with its 75 PS and very respectable peak torque of 180 Nm. The sporty Ibiza diesel is the 2.0 TDI with a beefy 143 PS. No competitor in this segment offers such a powerful diesel; no other masters the combination of performance and efficiency so successfully - a top speed of 130 mph comes with an EC combined fuel consumption of 61.4mpg.

As well as five- and six-speed manual gearboxes, a number of engines are offered with DSG transmissions either as standard equipment or as an option. This dual-clutch transmission offers not only the comfort of an automatic but also the extra benefit of better efficiency than a tyorque converter auto.

Precise steering and ESP stability control, as well as the XDS electronic differential lock (on models of 100 PS or more) deliver safety even in difficult driving conditions. A powerful brake system with ABS is a case in point. The new Ibiza runs on wheels ranging in size from 15- to 17-inches and sporting several new designs.

The Ibiza's generous line-up of equipment has also been revised, independent of bodyshell form. The base modelin European markets is Reference. Above it is the Style version, which comes with air conditioning as standard. The Ibiza FR sets particularly sporty characteristics with accentuated design elements front and rear, alloy wheels and a leather-clad steering wheel. And every SEAT can be adapted to suit personal style and individual preferences with an extensive range of colours, options and accessories.

January 2013

SEAT Ibiza Toca editions announced with SEAT Portable touch-screen System .Toca is the Spanish word for ‘touch'. In the Ibiza Toca, buyers get a set of 16-inch ‘Stratos' alloy wheels (up from 15 inches) along with the SEAT Portable System, for a £425 premium over the SE car on which it's based.

The Toca editions are available to order now, with first cars expected to hit the road during early February - and customers buying the Ibiza Toca before April will enjoy huge discounts. The Ibiza Toca editions all receive a £2,705 cut, leaving the three-door (SC) model with an outstanding £9,995 price.

Every Toca edition is loaded with equipment, including air conditioning, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors, electric front windows, electronic stability control (ESC), remote central locking, and front fog lights with cornering function (Ibiza Toca only).

The SEAT Portable System packs a deluge of digital driver aids into a lightweight package not much bigger than a cassette box. It includes satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming, a MicroSD card slot for music storage, and trip computer functions, all controlled via a fool-proof interface on a five-inch touchscreen.

April 2014

Ibiza FR Edition launched

It's powered by a new 140 PS ACT petrol engine that replaces the 150PS 1.4 TSI non-ACT engine in the Ibiza range, offering performance as close as makes no difference (it takes 0.2 seconds longer to hit 62mph) but delivering a 12.2 mpg average efficiency improvement, and 30g/km less CO2 – down to 109g/km.

The result is a car that will hit the 62 mph benchmark in under eight seconds, but is rated at 60.1 mpg on the combined cycle. ACT works by deactivating a two cylinders when not needed, such as braking or coasting, thus saving fuel.

Available with a manual transmission only, the standard 1.4 TSI ACT FR 140 PS is also £1,015 cheaper than the 150PS car it replaces, which came with a DSG automatic gearbox as standard.

The FR Edition, in addition to the usual FR specification, adds red seatbelts, red brake callipers, titanium-coloured 17-inch alloy wheels, matching coloured door mirrors, climate control and dark tinted rear windows. The FR Edition costs £15,870.

August 2014

SEAT Ibiza I-TECH 5-door introduced fitting in the range between the Toca and the '30 Years Special' and based on the SE. Has the 1.2 TSI 105 engine, manual 5-speed, 16-inch 'Cartago' alloy wheels with titanium finish and B-pillar I-TECH badges. Inside, has unique dark blue cloth and simil leather upholstery with embossed I-TECH logo plus a set of I-TECH floor mats, key cover and door sill plates.

May 2019

Haynes manual published for SEAT Ibiza IV 2008 - 2017.

Covers SC 3-door, 5-door, and ST estate. 999cc MPI and TSI, 1,197cc TSI, 1,390cc MPI, 1,598cc TDI Does not cover 1.2 3-cylinder MPI, 1.4 litre TSI, 1.8 litre or 2.0 litre petrol engines. Does not cover 1.2 litre, 1.4 litre, 1.9 litre or 2.0 litre diesel engines. Does not cover 1.4 Twincharger FR or Cupra models. Price £22.99 from Haynes.

What does a SEAT Ibiza (2008 – 2017) cost?

List Price from £16,475
Buy new from £12,901
Contract hire from £147.80 per month