SEAT Ibiza SC (2008–2017)

Model History

June 2008

Officially announced as SEAT Ibiza SportCoupe

At 1,428mm the SportCoupé is 17mm lower than the five-door. Technical highlights include the option of seven-speed DSG double clutch gearbox for the first time in a supermini. This will be available on 105 PS 1.6-litre versions.

FR and Cupra versions of the new Ibiza will certainly sport SC styling when they make their debuts. Official 'World launch' of production versions at London Motor Show, July 2008.

October 2008

Cupra and Ecomotive versions introduced

Cupra has a 180 PS 1.4-litre chain cam TSI supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine and a seven-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) transmission, complete with steering wheel paddle shifters. 17" alloy wheels, a rear diffuser incorporating a centrally-placed trapezoid exhaust pipe, Cupra sports seats and aluminium pedals.

Ecomotive has an official carbon dioxide emissions figure of just 99 g/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.

Ibiza Cupra in showrooms late summer 2009. Has 180PS 1.4-litre petrol engine featuring not only a turbocharger and supercharger mated to a seven-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) transmission, complete with steering wheel shift-paddles.

April 2009

SEAT Ibiza FR announced

150PS twincharger (turbo and supercharged) 1.4 TSI engine. This engine provides greater flexibility, punchy performance and lower fuel consumption figures and emissions levels, while fully complying with EU5 emissions legislation. Latest generation seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel shift paddles fitted as standard. Addition of the XDS system provides greater driver confidence and safety.

As with the Leon Cupra, this electronic system works together with ESP, improving the car’s performance when traction is lost by braking the wheel that loses grip. Styling highlights include new bumpers that lend a purposeful appearance, featuring front honeycomb slats and a chrome surround for the central grille in combination with the Arrow Design concept. Other tell-tale exterior elements are silver-coloured door mirror cases, exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels and twin tailpipes. Has ESP, TCS + EBA, ABS, Hill Hold Control, low tyre-pressure warning, driver and passenger airbags, head-chest airbag, trip computer, cruise control, climate control, sports suspension and cornering foglights, among other features.

May 2009

1.6 TDI launched

New 105PS belt cam 1.6-litre common rail four cylinder TDI to arrives. CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km (100% first year write down), combined fuel economy of 67.2 mpg, 0-60 mph 10.2 seconds, 117mph top speed. 250 Nm torque peak at just 1,500 rpm. 5-speed gearbox. Desel particulate filter (DPF) is standard.

May 2009

Ibiza Bocanegra revealed

The new Bocanegra has attractive 17-inch ‘Sira’ alloys. Inside, the sports seats are upholstered with special fabric made up of rhomboids stitched together in red, while the upper part of the seats sport the logo that identifies this version – a capital ‘B’ also stitched in red. Gloss black trim, aluminium-clad pedals and, of course, the Bocanegra logo on the instrument panel distinguish this car from the forthcoming FR and Cupra versions, too.

In its home market the new Bocanegra will be equipped with the twin charged 1.4 TSI engine, either in 150 PS or 180 PS guise. This new generation engine guarantees both brilliant performance and exceptional economy. Meanwhile, XDS electronic limited slip differential and a state-of-the-art seven-speed DSG gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts underline the Bocanegra’s hi-tech appeal.

January 2010

Ibiza FR TDI introduced

Turbocharged diesel engine offers 143PS – giving 0 to 60 mph in only 7.9 seconds (8.0 seconds 5dr) and a top speed of 130 mph where legal (129 mph 5dr). Linked as standard to a twin shaft six-speed manual gearbox the common rail diesel is fully Euro V-compliant and is capable of 62.7 mpg on the EU’s official combined cycle with an official CO2 figure of just 119 g/km, making it a sporty yet tax efficient choice both in terms of road fund licence and business drivers’ benefit in kind liabilities.

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.

It builds on the already generous SE spec by adding the following:

  • 16” ‘Fabula’ alloy wheels (1.4 only)
  • Climate control (including refrigerated glovebox)
  • Rain and light sensors for automatic wipers and lights
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Leather steering wheel and gearknob
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Bespoke Copa upholstery

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. All Copa models available at launch with a £1,000 off the RRP (making it £10,995), plus the option of two years’ 0% finance (subject to terms and conditions) as well as a variety of enticing Personal Contract Plan offers.

January 2012

Revised Ibiza SC announced

The trapezoidal 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. SC luggage capacity 284 litres. 5-dr: 292 litres and a split/folding rear seatbacks. ST offers 430 litres up to a maximum of 1,164 litres with rear seats folded.

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/km CO2 in 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.

January 2013

SEAT Ibiza Toca announced

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 gets 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).

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 SC costs £15,320.

August 2014

SEAT Ibiza SC I-Tech introduced

Priced at £13,790, 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 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.

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