SEAT Ibiza

 

SEAT Ibiza: at a glance

  • Fourth-generation model of SEAT’s best-selling car ever, both in the UK and worldwide
  • Celebrates 30 years on sale
  • First shown as Bocanegra concept car at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show; introduced in production form at the 2008 Madrid Motor Show, styled by Luc Donckerwolke
  • Updated version unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, going on sale in the UK the following month
  • Styling revisions from 2012 bring new Ibiza into line with latest SEAT design themes, as previewed with concept cars such as IBE, IBX and IBL, and seen on the new Leon.
  • New Ibiza updates guided by current SEAT Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos
  • Designed, developed and built in SEAT's ultra-modern Martorell production facility on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain
  • Three distinct body styles: three-door SC, five-door hatchback and ST estate
  • Petrol engines are amongst the most advanced in the class, ranging from the 1.2-litre 60 PS to the powerful turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre TSI 180 PS of the Ibiza CUPRA
  • Common rail diesels range from the frugal 1.2-litre TDI 75 PS in the Ibiza Ecomotive to the powerful 2.0-litre TDI 143 PS
  • Wide range of abilities: Ibiza Ecomotive offers an astonishing 80.7 mpg and just 92 g/km CO2, while Ibiza CUPRA races to 62mph in just 6.9 seconds
  • First SEAT available with highly advanced 1.4 TSI ACT (Active Cylinder Technology) engine, in FR Edition
  • Available with five-speed and six-speed manual gearboxes, or seven-speed DSG automatic
  • Eight trim levels: S A/C, SE, Toca, I-TECH, 30 Years, FR, FR Black, CUPRA
  • ST available with FR trim for first time, creating something genuinely different in the class: a sporty small estate
  • Standard equipment on all models includes: alarm, immobiliser, ESC, electric front windows, remote central locking, four airbags, height-adjustable driver’s seat, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, ISOFIX points with Top Tether for rear seats, four-speaker stereo with remote audio controls, body-coloured bumpers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Hill Hold Control
  • Hi-end options (depending on model) include: curtain airbags, SEAT Portable System Live (integrated portable touchscreen unit including satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connection with voice control, full stereo integration and Eco Trainer function), bi-xenon headlights, Winter Pack (heated seats, headlight washers and heated washer jet nozzles), Technology Pack (automatic lights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electric folding mirrors and cruise control), climate control with refrigerated glove box, DAB and panoramic glass sunroof
  • Chief rivals include Renault Clio, Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20, Kia Rio and MINI hatch

Overview

Sharper, smarter and even better value

  • The most stylish iteration yet of SEAT's best-selling icon
  • Three body styles: three-door SC, five-door hatchback and ST estate
  • Outstanding efficiency, practicality and quality across the range

When SEAT unveiled the production version of the new, fourth-generation Ibiza at the 2008 Madrid Motor Show, it did so knowing that the small car had very big shoes to fill. The Ibiza is the icon of SEAT's range, and consistently the company’s best-selling car globally.

Thankfully, Luc Donckerwolke (who was perhaps best known at the time from his days as Lamborghini's design boss) penned a car that was instantly striking, which matched splendid visuals with equally splendid cabin quality and practicality.

This Ibiza was, for the first time, to be offered in three distinct body styles: a rakish three-door, dubbed SC, for Sport Coupé; a five-door hatchback, dubbed…hatchback; and an estate, also with five doors, but with an enlarged boot and called ST, for Sport Tourer.

This made the SEAT Ibiza mould-breaking, and broadened its appeal significantly - as proven by the car's sales tally to date, which at the end of 2013 stood at over 93,000 in the UK alone (see page **). That has well surpassed the Ibiza Mk III’s sales total during its seven-year lifespan in the UK. 

The year 2013 was, in fact, the most successful that the Ibiza had ever achieved in UK sales terms, with 19,984 finding homes. The Ibiza’s 2012 mid-life facelift has no doubt contributed to its continued sales success.

Guided by the pen of current SEAT Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, the Ibiza was gifted with the new face of SEAT in 2012, as seen on the new, third-generation Leon. It's a design language that's come to be known as 'arrow head'.

In addition to the styling changes, the new Ibiza has emerged from the Martorell Technical Centre with detail improvements to the cabin and materials, and a simplified range structure - all with the aim of delivering more of the driving appeal and practical satisfaction that has made the Ibiza such a success to date in a fiercely competitive market.

The bold exterior lines flow through into a cabin that steers away from the conventional, while still being intuitive, with a driver-centred layout that feels a cut above the rest of the supermini class. A new three-spoke steering wheel, fresh instrument graphics (better to look at and easier to read), and an updated layout for the climate control unit all boost the Ibiza’s functionality while enhancing its appearance.

In 2012, the SEAT Portable System Live became available for the Ibiza, having been introduced with the Mii. This advanced, removable sat nav ant infotainment unit is among the most cutting edge on the market, in terms of both its updateable features and its intuitiveness.

None of the Ibiza’s style comes at the expense of practicality. In fact, the updated Ibiza has a larger glove box than the 2008 model - now a generous 10.7 litres, and optimised to carry the chattels of modern life.

The Ibiza range has eight trim levels, with a balance of generous equipment and affordability to suit all budgets.

Strong and sophisticated from the ground up

Underpinning the new Ibiza’s good looks is a tough and intelligently designed platform, with rigidity and excellent dynamic performance at its core. The introduction of the fourth-generation Ibiza brought with it a new structure incorporating a longer wheelbase and a significantly wider track than the outgoing car – much better for stability and control.

SEAT’s Agile Chassis concept permeates every area of the Ibiza, including carefully honed electro-hydraulic power steering and suspension settings designed to combine comfort and security on the road with genuine driving pleasure - something that Ibiza buyers have come to expect.

Environment in mind

With fuel-saving and environmental concerns more relevant than ever, the new Ibiza demonstrates a considered approach to responsible motoring. From the super-frugal 1.2 TDI Ecomotive version, (whose CO2 emissions are just 92 g/km, making it 'tax-free’), through to the high-performance CUPRA, every Ibiza is far more efficient that its performance suggests it should be; on one hand, buyers can have a very practical estate car that returns 80.7 mpg in the Ibiza ST Ecomotive, and on the other, a car that darts from 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds but still delivers 47.9 mpg.

All new Ibiza models have a very high level of recyclability, and the modern design and production facility at Martorell maximises the use of computer simulation and CAD design, which minimises transportation pollution.

Safety first

The Ibiza was awarded a maximum five-star safety rating in the industry standard Euro NCAP crash tests in 2011 (5 door tested), gaining excellent ratings in the adult occupant and child occupant categories. Twin front- and head-thorax front side airbags come as standard on all models, and pedestrian impact safety has also been given close attention with careful tailoring of the bonnet and front bumper.

The car also offers the reassuring fitment across the range of electronic stability control (ESC) and the innovative Hill Hold Control function which maintains the vehicle’s position on slopes for two seconds between releasing the brake pedal and accelerating. A cornering function for the front fog lamps is standard on SE, FR and CUPRA models.

High technology

The Ibiza comes with a generous standard specification, while offering options that put it at the very cutting edge of the supermini class.

The 2012 update saw the introduction of the SEAT Portable System as an option, which was introduced with the Mii city car. This supersedes the previous TomTom unit, which itself was a true innovation in the supermini class, offering a portable navigation unit at low cost by virtue of clever integration into the dash top.

Other important items, optional or standard, depending on trim level, are powerful bi-xenon headlamps with AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System), rear parking sensors, Alcantara sports seats, climate control and a panoramic glass sunroof.

And in mid-2013, the Ibiza became the very first SEAT to be offered with Volkswagen Group’s Active Cylinder Technology (ACT), in the 140 PS 1.4 TSI petrol engine of the Ibiza FR Edition – which supersedes the 150 PS 1.4 TSI engine in the Ibiza range. ACT means that the four-cylinder engine can shut down two of its cylinders in low-load driving situations, dramatically reducing fuel consumption. 

Drivetrains

A broad range of sophisticated Euro 5 compliant engines includes six petrol units: a 1.2-litre in 60 PS and 70 PS guises, an 85 PS 1.4-litre, the super-efficient turbocharged 105 PS 1.2-litre TSI, and 150 PS and 180 PS versions of the cutting-edge turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre TSI.

The diesel options all feature common-rail technology and range from the 75 PS 1.2-litre TDI (also available in Ecomotive form), through the 105 PS 1.6-litre TDI, and topped off by the powerful and frugal 143 PS 2.0-litre TDI.

Most models come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the class-leading DSG-auto offered as an option on the 1.2 TSI 105 PS and as standard on both versions of the 1.4 TSI. The 2.0 TDI 143 PS is fitted with a six-speed manual as standard.

Versions

Ibiza SC: more style, same intelligence

For pure aesthetes the Ibiza SC is the pick of the latest range. The three-door layout allows for more compact rear side windows that also closely follow the C-pillar, giving a strong L-shaped dynamic line to the side profile and the sportiest look of all the Ibiza models. Yet rear seat space isn’t compromised and the boot still offers an ample 284 litres of load space.

Ibiza five-door: spacious and fun

As the core model of the Ibiza range, the five-door makes no compromises in the style stakes despite the presence of rear doors. Seamlessly integrated into the Ibiza’s silhouette, the diagonal trailing edge runs parallel to the outline of the C-pillar to create strength in the shape as well as giving a generous entry point for passengers. Spacious inside, the Ibiza five-door has a highly competitive 292 litres of luggage room.

Ibiza ST: practicality with elegance

The Ibiza in ST form is the most practical of propositions, squeezing genuine estate car ability into supermini proportions. Taking on the challenge of combining space and dynamic looks, the new Ibiza ST packs an impressive 430 litres of boot space into a compact exterior, rising to a vast 1,164 litres with the rear seats folded. Even so, the Ibiza ST shares the sporty looks and dynamics of the rest of the family - especially as, with the 2012 update, the ST became available in sporty FR trim for the first time.

Ibiza ST FR: a car for every situation

Reflecting the other side of the Ibiza’s personality, the highly respected FR models have brought affordable performance and the ultimate expression of sporty design to the range. SEAT's brand values – dynamic, design-driven and young-spirited – make it almost imperative to offer the ST in FR trim. FR trim is reserved for the higher-performance engines in the Ibiza range (100 PS and upwards), reflecting the sportiness inherent in the black and red lettering. All FR cars come with more aggressive front- and rear bumpers and 16-inch ‘Stratos’ alloy wheels (aside from the FR Edition, which gets 17-inch Titanium-finish alloys). On the inside, FR badging and red stitching for the leather steering wheel adds a touch of sportiness, as do the very supportive sports seats. Sports suspension is standard, and all FR models come with the SEAT Portable System Live as standard.

Ibiza CUPRA: SEAT's performance icon, condensed

In November 2012, SEAT officially unveiled the updated Ibiza CUPRA, which as well as bringing the styling in line with the 2012 model year Ibiza updates, also saw increases in both fuel efficiency and performance, due to an ECU tweak to the 1.4 TSI engine.

Boasting 180 PS from an engine of just 1.4 litres, thanks to strapping on both a supercharger and a turbocharger, the Ibiza CUPRA is staggeringly quick while returning 47.9 mpg combined fuel economy and 139 g/km CO2 emissions – the same headline figures as the less powerful 150 PS version of the engine, found in the Ibiza FR.  

A by-product of this unusual engine setup (turbo and supercharged) is that most elusive of qualities: character. The engine boasts a surge of torque (250 Nm at just 2,000 rpm), while peak power comes at a lofty 6,200rpm. So, it has the engaging characteristics of a rev-happy, naturally aspirated engine, but torque more characteristic of a modern diesel (without the clatter). A sound actuator in the exhaust system gives the CUPRA a uniquely sporty, distinctive sound. The engine drives the front wheels through a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

As you'd expect, the standard equipment list of this range-topping Ibiza leaves very little to the options list. A unique CUPRA body kit including rear diffuser with integrated trapezoidal tailpipe finisher gives it an aggressive look, added to by standard black mirror caps and 17-inch 'Barcino' alloy wheels (also available in black). Inside, the black sports seats are white-trimmed around the edge, which continues into the door cards, and gloss black trim surrounds the gear selector, stereo and heating controls, and instrument binnacle. CUPRA badges on the steering wheel and speedometer complete the look. Drilled aluminium pedals, the SEAT Portable System Live, LED daytime running lights, electrically folding door mirrors,  bi-xenon headlights with AFS, climate control and rain sensing wipers are all standard.

Buyers can also specify a set of racing brakes by specialist AP, which sees the front callipers painted red, with the SEAT Sport logo. The kit includes four-piston callipers and enlarged front discs, up to 312 mm from 288 mm. Brake performance is improved by around 15% with the racing brakes kit.

The SEAT Ibiza CUPRA is available in the SC body style only.

Design

Striking, sharp and distinctive

  • Crisper geometric style follows SEAT 'arrow head' design language
  • New headlights bring Ibiza in line with the latest SEAT models, including new Leon
  • Original design by Luc Donckerwolke, updated by Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos and his team
  • Interior combines simple, intuitive functionality with sharp, driver-oriented design  

Over several generations the Ibiza has become well known and much admired for a distinctive and progressive exterior design – one of the key factors contributing to its youthful appeal. The fourth-generation Ibiza took this to a new level, being the first production model created entirely by SEAT’s previous Design Director Luc Donckerwolke (he of ‘former Lamborghini stylist’ fame) and the purest expression of the 'arrow head' design theme.

Now the Ibiza’s design has been moved forward yet again under the stewardship of current SEAT Head of Design, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, building on its strengths and creating a car that sits harmoniously with the new-look SEAT range; it's clear that the Ibiza is the little brother of the new, third-generation Leon.

The key interior layout and functionality of the 2008 car remains, although it's been freshened up with new trims and steering wheel designs, as well as key equipment changes – most notably the addition of the SEAT Portable System Live, which replaces the previous TomTom unit.

Exterior

The Ibiza’s expressive front end retains the trapezoidal grille and the bold SEAT logo, but the grille itself has been narrowed and sharpened at its extremities, adding visual width to the overall shape. The new grille design is mirrored by the lower air intake and the fog light surrounds are more angular, creating greater symmetry. The new front bumper is distinguished by strong creases across its width, to give neater integration of the front registration plate and naturally drawing the eye down the car’s flanks.

These changes allow a cleaner flow into the new headlights, as the dynamic line running the length of the car converges with the new grille and bumper to naturally create a complex and angular shape.  Three headlight types are available: single-bulb halogens on S A/C models, twin-bulb halogens on SE, Toca and FR, and the option of striking bi-xenons with AFS and LED daytime running lights on SE and FR – each LED once again mirroring the signature trapezoidal shape. These are standard on the Ibiza CUPRA. Models equipped with bi-xenons also get unique LED rear lights that mirror the ‘tick’ effect first seen on the stunning IBE concept car.

Along the car’s flanks, the interplay between the dynamic line running from front to rear and the second line from the tail lamps and along the rear window line give tension and strength to the overall shape. A third light-catching crease running parallel to the sills improves its stance and these character lines combine to create the impression of forward motion, solidity and purpose.

At the rear, the bumper has been subtly altered to reflect the more angular changes at the front. The clean surface of the tailgate is punctuated only by the SEAT logo that doubles as the boot release, while on five-door and SC models the curve of the bumper has been flattened off to create a stronger feature line across its width.

Interior

An environment that’s stylish and informative, yet unobtrusive to the driver, is the thinking behind the new Ibiza’s cabin. The instruments and switchgear are angled towards the driver, presenting him or her with a ‘working cockpit’ to bring a sense of purpose and control.

It starts from the moment you grab the new three-spoke steering wheel with its sportier design and more comfortable indentations – optionally wrapped in leather. FR and CUPRA drivers get their own unique wheel, finished in leather as standard and perfectly suited for exploiting the Ibiza's sharp handling.

The new wheel gives an unobstructed view of the updated instrument layout, which brings added clarity through italicised figures with the key speeds in bold for instantaneous reading. The instruments and multi-function computer housed between them are now illuminated in a crisp white for better visibility and minimal driver fatigue.

Already well known for combining effective ergonomics with eye-catching design, the new Ibiza offers upgraded upholstery options for a greater premium feel and the option of painted finishes allows the contrast of light and dark and a greater degree of personalisation. Soft-touch finishes are used in all the crucial areas, a significant factor in enhancing the experience for the cabin’s occupants.

Despite the Ibiza being available in three body styles, each with a greater or lesser degree of boot space, every version is practical. The three-door SC, despite its rakish proportions and broad rear shoulders – accentuated by a visual 'pinching' of the cabin at the rear – still boasts a boot that's very nearly as large as the five-door's: 284 litres, only eight litres less.

Every Ibiza has the same amount of rear legroom, although the five-door and ST versions have a little more rear headroom owing to a higher roofline.

However, the clear practicality choice in the Ibiza range is the ST, which has a 430-litre boot space – 50 litres bigger than even the new Leon's – which can open out to 1,164 litres with the rear seats folded flat.  

Located on the centre of the dashboard, neatly but not obtrusively, are the controls for (depending on model) air conditioning functions, hazard lights, door locking/unlocking, ESC disconnection, tyre pressure monitoring and a warning to indicate if the passenger airbag is disconnected. On models fitted with climate control, a revised button layout makes it even easier to operate whilst on the move.

The new Ibiza caters for the increasing clutter of modern life with a more generous glove box, now capable of holding 10.7 litres. The simple lid frees up more space within, and also now includes a number of recesses designed to contain all manner of specific day-to-day items; a pen, parking passes or tickets, smartphones and credit cards can all be housed securely in the lid without impacting on the storage space inside.

Three cup holders sit in the lower part of the fascia, as well as a lower side recess for a mobile phone. In the lining of the lower A-pillar, which is a single piece along with the sill, there is also a slim storage area.

Ibiza ST: practicality defined

Not an inch of space is wasted in the back of the new Ibiza ST.  Access to the luggage area is via the now familiar ‘S’ emblem on the tailgate or by remote electronic operation from the key fob. Powerful gas struts keep the wide tailgate at a sufficient height to shelter even a tall adult, while the load level of only 578 millimetres is ideal.

Indentations in the base of the seat cushions allow the headrests to stow neatly, while lighting and bag hooks are standard, and a useful under-floor storage area allows the separation of wet or dirty items from the main luggage area. Accessory options allow the fitment of skis, bicycles and roof boxes, and with an approved bar fitted the Ibiza ST can tow up to 1,200 kg, dependent on model.

Ibiza accessories

SEAT offers a huge range of personalisation accessories that give every Ibiza owner the opportunity to customise their car to their own taste, be it for reasons of functionality or pure style. Examples of the sort of items available include a DVD player with two screens, mounted on the front seat headrests for rear seat passengers, including two sets of wireless headphones.

On the styling front, an exterior pack comprising chrome mirror caps, sill guards and a tailgate strip is available, while a variety of alloy wheels in sizes up to 17-inch are available, including titanium-finished wheels as part of the Titanium Pack, which also includes contrasting door mirror covers and front grille frame.  

Plenty more accessories are available from all SEAT franchised dealerships. 

Engines and gearboxes

Efficiency for power and economy

  • Six modern petrol engines and three flexible turbo diesels
  • Impressive performance and economy across the range
  • New 1.4 TSI ACT engine returns over 60 mpg using the very latest VWG tech
  • Lowest emissions just 92 g/km; most powerful CUPRA emits just 139 g/km
  • Five-speed and six-speed manuals, and a quick-shifting DSG automatic

The Ibiza is now available with the widest choice of engines to date, stretching from 1.2-litres to 2.0-litres in capacity, with outputs ranging from 60 PS to exactly three times that amount. Five-speed manual gearboxes feature on most models, with the DSG automatic available with any TSI engine bar the FR Edition with ACT. A standard six-speed manual comes with the 2.0 TDI 143 PS to effectively manage its big torque output.

Petrol

The entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine has a three-cylinder block, a cylinder head with four valves per cylinder and multi-point fuel injection. It comes in 60 PS and 70 PS guises, with 108 Nm and 112 Nm respectively. Cost-conscious buyers choosing the S A/C trim will welcome the 52.3 mpg combined cycle figure. The more powerful 70 PS version delivers the same economy and emissions but with a higher top speed and a 0-62 mph time cut by two seconds, down to 13.9 seconds.

The 1.4-litre petrol is a four-cylinder, 16V engine with multi-point fuel injection. It delivers 85 PS and its maximum engine torque is 132 Nm at 3,800 rpm.  Average fuel consumption is 47.9 mpg on the combined cycle while CO2 emissions are a mere 139 g/km.

Next up is the smallest Ibiza engine, the 1.2-litre TSI – smallest by a mere one cc in overall cylinder capacity. Despite its capacity, though, it’s by no means the least powerful. State-of-the-art turbocharging generates 105 PS from just 1,197 cc, while its 175 Nm torque peak arrives at just 1,550 rpm, so it feels a lot quicker than the average 1.2 unit. Despite offering 0-62 mph acceleration of under 10 seconds, it’s also the most frugal of the petrol engines, with a combined economy figure of 55.4 mpg and CO2 emissions slashed to just 119 g/km. Even when mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic, the 1.2 TSI is good for 53.3 mpg with CO2 emissions of 124 g/km.

At the pinnacle of the Ibiza range, in power terms, is the 1.4 TSI petrol engine, which comes in two power outputs: 140 PS and 180 PS, the latter in the CUPRA only and the former new to the range in 2014 – and the first utilisation of Active Cylinder Technology for SEAT.

A technical highlight not only for the Ibiza range, but for SEAT itself, is the 140 PS 1.4 TSI with ACT that powers the Ibiza FR and the FR Black. Not only does this technologically advanced cylinder shutdown system reduce fuel use by seamlessly shutting down two of the engine’s four cylinders when they’re not needed, it’s also the most powerful Ibiza available with a manual transmission – an involving ‘warm hatch’ made with the driver in mind, yet returning an amazing 60.1 mpg combined fuel economy, and just 109 g/km CO2. It replaces the 150 PS 1.4 TSI unit, offering very similar performance but with much greater efficiency. 

In the CUPRA, the extra 30 PS of the 1.4 unit makes for a 0-62 mph sprint in under seven seconds. This makes the Ibiza CUPRA one of the quickest superminis on sale today, while returning 47.9 mpg combined fuel consumption.

Diesel

The Ibiza’s entry-level diesel engine is the three-cylinder 1.2 TDI with common rail direct injection fuelling and a DPF (diesel particulate filter). Developing 75 PS, it delivers 180 Nm at just 1,500 rpm and offers magnificent fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures: 72.4 mpg (combined) and a mere 104 g/km. 

And in Ecomotive form the addition of a Start/Stop and Energy Recovery systems reduces those figures still further to a remarkable 80.7 mpg combined and a tax-free 92 g/km of CO2 - tax-free in the annual VED sense, that is.   

Start/Stop works by cutting off the engine when the car is motionless, the gearbox placed into neutral and the clutch pedal lifted. It means that fuel is preserved that would otherwise be wasted when the car is stood at idle, at traffic lights or whatever. Similarly, Energy Recovery uses an alternator to capture energy lost as heat during braking, store it, then send it to power the car's electrical systems. This takes a proportion of strain away from the battery, which ultimately preserves fuel.

The more potent 1.6-litre four-cylinder TDI develops 105 PS and delivers a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1,500 rpm. It too features common rail fuelling and a DPF and delivers 65.7 mpg (combined) with emissions of only 112 g/km.

Crowning the diesel range is the powerful 2.0 TDI CR with a mighty 143 PS and a thumping 320 Nm of torque. Yet it chalks up only 123 g/km CO2 emissions and can deliver in excess of 60 mpg. This engine is the only in the range to come with a six-speed manual as standard, whose ratios are spaced to keep the engine in its peak torque range for outstanding in-gear flexibility, while the sixth gear is a little taller, so that the engine runs at low revs on the motorway for maximum fuel efficiency over long distances.

Running gear

Optimised for modern driving conditions

  • Highly refined chassis balances superb handling with ride comfort
  • ESC standard on entire range
  • Differing suspension setups to best suit the characteristics of certain models
  • Clever XDS electronic 'limited slip differential' on versions over 100 PS

As with the design of the car, the running gear of the Ibiza has been given great attention, so as to maximise comfort and efficiency across the range.

Suspension and steering

A wide track, good weight distribution and low overall mass regardless of the model are all essential to deliver a composed and engaging driving experience, and the Ibiza does not disappoint. At the front, McPherson struts deliver the control and insulation required for high levels of performance, helped by lightweight bearings. A one-piece sub-frame reduces noise and vibration passing into the cabin.

Moving to the rear, an optimised U-shaped torsion beam combines a number of desirable characteristics: low weight, compact dimensions and a high level of adjustability, delivering a highly efficient solution in all respects.

Both the CUPRA and the Ecomotive versions have suspension lowered by 15 mm – but for very different reasons. In the former case, the stiffened, lowered suspension setup is to improve feel through the wheels, chassis and, ultimately, steering wheel rim. This gives the driver more confidence when moving at pace. In the Ecomotive, however, the move is purely to benefit fuel efficiency: a lower ride height means the car cuts through the air more easily, and less resistance means lower fuel use.

The power assistance for the steering gear is provided by an electro-hydraulic system, providing better feel and response than a fully electric set-up. This also allows the use of a variable output pump, only using the energy required to deliver sufficient assistance and therefore minimising pumping losses.

All versions of the Ibiza have a very tight turning circle of just 10.48 metres, which makes each feel especially agile at low speeds – useful for parking in tight spaces, for example.

Brakes

Braking is taken care of by 256 mm ventilated discs at the front, with solid discs at the rear on all bar 1.2-litre TDI and 1.4-litre 85 PS models, which use a simpler, lighter drum setup at the back. FR and CUPRA versions have ventilated discs all round with larger 288 mm discs at the front. Select ESC as an option and Electronic Braking Assist is included, ensuring maximum brake force is applied in emergency situations - the hazard warning lights are also activated automatically.

Models with more than 100 PS also benefit from the innovative XDS system, which uses the ESC system to mimic the effects of a limited slip differential. This means that during fast cornering, the system brakes the inside turning wheel, which helps to eliminate understeer and swing the car around the turn more sharply, without compromising the feeling of steering accuracy. This software-based solution ensures maximum traction at all times, but without the expensive and additional weight of a full mechanical limited slip differential.

Safety and security

Prevention and protection

  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Comprehensive airbag provision across the range
  • Bonnet and bumpers designed for pedestrian protection
  • Remote central locking and child locks standard on all models

All SEATs have safety at the heart of their design, with the ultimate goal of offering superior protection for occupants and pedestrians.

Euro NCAP: a five-star car

This dedication resulted in an excellent five-star result in the exacting Euro NCAP crash tests for the current model (5 door tested in 2011), making it one of the very safest cars in the class. The Ibiza scored 82% for adult occupant protection, 77% for child occupant protection, 71% for safety assist features and 59% for pedestrian protection; on the child occupant front, Euro NCAP's report commended the Ibiza specifically for its protection of the three-year-old dummy.

Key features include the standard fitment of side head-thorax and front airbags for both driver and passenger. ABS is standard across the range, as are front seatbelt pre-tensioners, a front passenger seatbelt warning buzzer and rear ISOFIX child seat anchorage points, with three-point belts on all seats.  A Top Tether system is also fitted, giving a third anchorage point for child seats and even better security of installation.

An agile chassis and responsive controls are the foundations of a strong active safety provision, but the Ibiza can be specified with a comprehensive suite of electronic aids for greater peace of mind.  ESC is a proven life saver and this installation includes Electronic Brake Assist – features that make life easier for the driver and reduce the likelihood of an accident still further.

Crash testing

The Ibiza's excellent Euro NCAP display is in large part to do with the extensive crash testing programme it underwent prior to production – tests more aggressive than those required. For example, testing at a frontal impact speed of 40 mph instead of the usual 35 mph, while rear crash tests were even more demanding, with an impact speed of 31 mph instead of 23 mph. The mass of the impact beam was also increased.

Should the worst happen, the impact absorbing cross-member and sub-frame design at the front of the Ibiza minimise the loads placed on the passenger cell. Pedestrians are protected too, with deformable structures in the car’s nose and a crumple zone under the bonnet. Lower speed impacts should result in nothing other than cosmetic damage to the vehicle thanks to careful positioning of key under-bonnet components. Automatic warning lights are also standard on every version.

Security features

All Ibiza models are equipped with a rolling code immobiliser and remote central locking, while all the doors and rear hatch have deadlocks. There are also child locks on the rear doors.

The VIN is visible through the windscreen and an anti-theft antenna and locking fuel cap are standard. A volumetric alarm with back-up horn is core equipment too, while locking wheel bolts are fitted where alloy wheels are standard equipment.

Electronics

Cutting edge answers to everyday requirements

  • SEAT Portable System Live offers next-generation functionality
  • Integrates voice control and Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Hill Hold Control and Tyre Pressure Warning
  • Bi-xenon headlamps with AFS technology

The Ibiza may be a compact car, but owners won't feel they're lacking anything in the technology department - the Ibiza offers true 'big car' comforts. That's best exemplified with the addition of the SEAT Portable System, which supersedes the previous integrated TomTom sat nav unit - itself a cutting-edge solution when the Ibiza was launched in 2008.

SEAT Portable System Live

When the SEAT Ibiza was first unveiled it was the first car in any class to offer a simple, integrated satellite navigation solution via a small docking station built into the dash. Without navigation specified, the dash-top docking station could be neatly covered, while those that did require navigation could slot the compatible, and very reasonably priced, TomTom unit in. The ingeniously simple system came at a time when sat nav was a notoriously expensive in-car option, while portable units were becoming much more reasonably priced - but were a messy choice, usually meaning windscreen suction cup rings and loose wires all over the place. The SEAT system offered the cost-effectiveness and portability of an aftermarket device, but the neatness of a proper manufacturer option. Some people say something about cake at this point.

First seen in the Mii, the SEAT Portable System was updated in 2013 and is now called SEAT Portable System Live to reflect a significant ream of updates. For example, the system can give live weather and traffic information using mobile phone data, can collect local speed camera information, and can use Google data to give information on local points of interest. None of these functions were available on the first versions of the Portable System, but go to show how versatile the unit is.

All information is displayed and controlled via a high resolution five-inch colour touchscreen, which docks quickly and easily with the Ibiza via a dedicated mount that can be covered neatly when the system isn’t in place. The unit’s slim design belies the amount of technology it packs in: satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone operation, a vehicle information computer, and audio playback. All the major systems can also be activated via voice control.

A micro-SD card slot (up to 32 GB) allows audio file playback as well as the option to display photos.

From September 2014, the unit also includes an Eco Trainer function (I-TECH and above).

Fingertip controls

The new Ibiza has a steering column-mounted control with all the audio functions centralised in a single lever, which works with both the standard stereo and the SEAT Portable System Live. It includes volume adjustment, channel locater, audio CD-MP3 and external device control, direct access to the menu, where all the information listed in files and stored in the external devices can be accessed, as well as the radio and the telephone.

The new Ibiza also offers a combined USB and AUX-in connection installation that is compatible with an iPod, MP3 audio or similar systems and data storage devices, which comes as standard with the Bluetooth option.

Meanwhile the instrument panel features a multi-function screen with a wide range of information for the driver such as fuel level, clock, trip computer, outside temperature, and distance remaining until the next service appointment.

Parking sensors

New for the 2014 model year is the additional option of front and rear parking sensors – previously, just rear sensors were available.

The sensors generate a beep to warn of obstacles at the rearm, using ultrasound devices located on the front and rear bumpers. They begin measuring from 0.6 metres at the side and 1.6 metres at the front or rear of the car. When the distance shortens to about 30 cm, the beeping is continuous. The system also automatically quietens the radio/CD/MP3 output to allow the beeps to be heard more easily.

Hill Hold Control

As well as ESC as standard, Hill Hold Control is too - a clever system that holds the car in place on a slope for two seconds after the brake pedal is released, giving the driver time to hit the accelerator without the car rolling backwards. This feature reduces the need to ‘balance’ the clutch, or use the handbrake every time the car stops on a hill.

Included with Hill Hold Control is Tyre Pressure Monitoring. With this system any sudden tyre pressure loss is highlighted to the driver. 

Bi-xenon headlights

Optional (on SE and FR) bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System) technology provide significant gains in night time visibility. They’re standard on the CUPRA.

The new Ibiza is also equipped with static cornering light function in the front fog lamps (where fitted).  This greatly improves visibility on corners as the relevant left or right fog light illuminates automatically when turning at speeds lower than 25 mph. The system is automatically activated with the corresponding indicator signal is activated or when the steering wheel exceeds a certain angle.

The car also offers the option of headlight Coming Home function, already seen on other SEAT models, which turns on the dipped beams for 30 seconds after removing the key from the ignition.

Ownership

Seriously cost-effective, masses of fun

  • Generous standard equipment list
  • Raft of options and customisation accessories to choose from
  • Very low insurance costs and simple fixed price service scheme 
  • Comprehensive warranty cover

Buyers in the supermini segment are generally looking for the most cost-effective motoring possible - maximum practicality with minimal fuss and low running costs. That’s exactly what the Ibiza offers, thanks to its great value pricing structure, low fuel costs across the range, and attractive insurance premiums.   

Insurance groups

As well as being priced so as to make it one of the best value superminis on the market, the Ibiza is a joy on the financial front throughout ownership, thanks to low repair costs, innovative safety features and robust security. Most of the Ibiza range is extremely cost-effective to ensure, on account of low insurance groupings.

Model                                       Group rating (1-50)                  

Ibiza SC

S A/C 1.2 12V 70 PS                             5E
SE 1.4 16V 85 PS                                 9E
Toca 1.4 16V 85 PS                              11E
I-TECH  1.2 TSI 105                              15E
30 Years 1.4 16V                                   12E     
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS                                 12E
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                         12E
FR 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                          21E
FR 1.6 TDI 105 PS                                 14E
FR Black 1.2 TSI 105 PS                        tbc
FR Black 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                 tbc
CUPRA 1.4 TSI 180 PS DSG                  27E

Ibiza five-door                         

S A/C 1.2 12V 70 PS                             5E
S A/C 1.2 TDI 75 PS                             7E
S A/C 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive             7E
SE 1.4 16V 85 PS                                 9E
SE 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                       12E
SE 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive                 7E
SE 1.6 TDI 105 PS                               14E
Toca 1.4 16V 85 PS                              11E
I-TECH  1.2 TSI 105                              15E
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS                                12E
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                        12E
FR 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                         21E
FR Black 1.2 TSI 105 PS                        tbc
FR Black 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                tbc
FR 1.6 TDI 105 PS                                 14E
FR 2.0 TDI 143 PS                                 22E

Ibiza ST                                  

S A/C 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive             7E
SE 1.4 16V 85 PS                                  9E
SE 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                        12E
SE 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive                 7E
SE 1.6 TDI 105 PS                                14E
Toca 1.4 16V 85 PS                              11E
I-TECH  1.2 TSI 105                             15E
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS                               12E     
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                       12E
FR 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                        21E
FR 1.6 TDI 105 PS                               14E
FR Black 1.2 TSI 105 PS                       tbc
FR Black 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                tbc

Servicing: It’s Fixed!

All new Ibiza models have the same servicing requirements. A major service is required only at 20,000-mile intervals with an oil change every 10,000 miles. Cars that travel less than 10,000 miles per year require an inspection service, which includes an oil change, every 12 months.

In 2012, SEAT introduced its It’s Fixed! servicing scheme, which provides a transparent, easy-to-book and, most importantly, cost-effective way for all SEAT drivers to have their cars serviced - and by fully trained SEAT technicians using only genuine manufacturer parts.

Thanks to It’s Fixed!, a first-year service is £169, and a second-year £199, including VAT and labour (cars 1-2 years old). A minor service is £139 and a major £259 for SEATs 3-15 years old. An online booking facility makes it incredibly convenient, and it’s open to all SEAT cars up to fifteen years old. Free SEAT European Roadside Assistance, worth £245 is on offer to those who book both services on www.seat.co.uk. New for summer 2014 is a fixed price service plan for new SEATs up to 3 months old. Offering cover for 3 years/30,000 miles, budgeting can be simple with 24 monthly payments (for 36 months cover) of £19.99 (or an upfront payment of £479.76). The prices are fixed, so they’re inflation proof, plus they offer savings of nearly £30 compared to paying individual prices.

Warranty

  • Three-year/60,000 mile warranty (comprises two-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited mileage plus a further one-year Dealer Warranty limited to 60,000 miles)
  • 12-year anti-perforation warranty - the Ibiza has a fully-galvanised steel body
  • Three-year paintwork warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Two-year SEAT Assistance roadside assistance package valid in 33 countries throughout Europe and bordering countries

Standard equipment

S A/C trim

Exterior equipment

  • Electrically adjustable single-bulb headlights
  • Rear fog light
  • Black door handles and mirrors
  • Body coloured mirrors with integrated mouldings
  • Tinted windows
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • SEAT logo tailgate release
  • Black roof rails (Ibiza ST only)

Interior equipment

  • Driver and passenger sun visors with vanity mirrors
  • Roof light
  • Three front cup holders
  • Illuminated boot
  • 10.7-litre glove box with light

Seats and trim

  • Front door storage pockets
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Height-adjustable front headrests
  • Two height-adjustable rear headrests
  • Folding rear bench seats
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Rear door storage pockets (Ibiza ST)
  • Storage under boot floor (Ibiza ST)

Functional and mechanical

  • Air conditioning
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • Electric front windows (one-touch with anti-squeeze)
  • Height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel
  • Speed-sensitive electro-mechanical power steering
  • 12-volt power supply in centre console
  • RPM counter
  • Lights left on warning buzzer
  • Gearshift indicator

Infotainment

  • MP3-compatible CD player
  • AUX-in port
  • FM/AM radio
  • Four speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Pre-installation for SEAT Portable System

Safety and security

  • Driver, front passenger, front-side airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Active front head restraints
  • ABS
  • Automatic warning lights
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Two folding remote keys with remote window opening/closing function
  • Front seatbelt reminders
  • ISOFIX points on outer rear seats with Top Tether anchorage points
  • Remote central locking with deadlocks
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Three-point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • Anti-theft roof antenna
  • Visible VIN in windscreen
  • Volumetric alarm with back-up horn and tow-away protection
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist)*

*ESC & EBA only standard on vehicles with Start/Stop system

Wheels and tyres

  • 15-inch steel wheels with ‘Mamba’ covers; 185/60 R15 tyres

SE trim adds

Exterior equipment

  • Electrically adjustable twin-bulb front headlights
  • Front fog lights with cornering function
  • Body coloured door handles and mirrors
  • Heated, electric door mirrors
  • Gloss black B- and C-pillars (not on Ibiza SC)
  • Chrome roof rails (Ibiza ST)

Interior equipment

  • Roof light with map-reading lights

Seats and trim

  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Functional and mechanical
  • Trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge

Wheels and tyres

  • 15-inch ‘Marsala’ alloy wheels
  • 185/60 R15 tyres

Safety and security

  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist)
  • XDS (electronic limited-slip differential)
  • Locking wheel bolts

Toca trim adds

  • 16-inch ‘Cartago’ alloy wheels
  • SEAT Portable System Live, includes: satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connection and audio streaming, trip computer integration and micro SD card slot.

30 Years adds

Exterior equipment

  • Bi-xenon headlights and LED rear light clusters
  • Black door mirrors and front grille frame
  • Ibiza 30 Years badging (B-pillar)
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Rear view camera

Interior equipment

  • Ibiza 30 Years floor mats and key cover

Seats and trim

  • Alcantara and simil leather upholstery with beige stitching
  • Black headlining

Functional and mechanical

  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Sports suspension
  • Coming home headlight function

FR adds to SE

Exterior equipment

  • Exclusive FR front and rear bumpers
  • Twin exhaust pipes

Interior equipment

  • Exclusive FR styling details

Seats and trim

  • Height-adjustable front passenger’s seat
  • FR sport seats

Functional and mechanical

  • Cruise control
  • Sports suspension
  • Coming home headlight function

Wheels and tyres

  • 16-inch ‘Stratos’ alloy wheels; 215/45 R16 tyres

FR Black adds to FR with:

  • 17-inch black ‘Targus’ alloy wheels
  • DAB digital radio
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Black coloured door mirrors
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Red seat belts and brake calipers(1.4 ACT only)

CUPRA trim adds (SC only)

Exterior equipment

  • Bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and headlight washers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Exclusive CUPRA front and rear bumpers
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Centre-exit trapezoidal exhaust pipe

Interior equipment

  • Exclusive CUPRA styling details

Seats and trim

  • CUPRA sport seats
  • Drilled aluminium pedals

Functional and mechanical

  • Climate control

Wheels and tyres

  • 17-inch ‘Barcino’ alloy wheels; 215/40 R17 tyres

Safety and security

  • Hill Hold Control and tyre pressure monitoring

SEAT Ibiza: a global success

Across four generations the SEAT Ibiza has been a consistent best-seller for the company, both worldwide and in the UK. Its global sales figures from 1987 are as follows:

Mk I:     1,129,416          (1987 - 1993)
Mk II:    1,522,607          (1993 - 2003)
MK III:   1,221,200          (2001 - 2011)
MK IV:  837,014 (2008 - 2013)

Total:   4,710,237         

And in the UK:

Mk I:     42,494              (1987 - 1994)
Mk II:    67,534              (1993 - 2002)
MK III:   80,847              (2002 - 2009)
MK IV:  93,602              (2008 - 2013)

Total:   284,477

Years denote period that SEAT registered sales, not necessarily exact generational changes.

Technology to enjoy

When you get behind the wheel of a SEAT car, you don’t just go for a drive, you go for an experience. One that will capture your imagination and touch your emotions. Covering five key elements, design, efficiency, innovation, performance and technology.

That’s the essence of TECHNOLOGY TO ENJOY. You’ll find it in every new car model that wears the SEAT badge, including our ever-growing and highly-efficient Ecomotive car range. It’s the philosophy that lies behind everything we do as a company. And it will be driving us to develop new and innovative concepts well into the future.

TECHNOLOGY TO ENJOY isn’t just about engineering quality cars today. It’s about bringing more enjoyment to the roads of tomorrow.

About SEAT

SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in more than 75 countries. In 2013, SEAT generated the highest revenue in its history, with a total turnover of 6,473 millon euros (up 6.3% on 2012), with overall deliveries amounting to 355,000 units.     

SEAT Group employs 14,000 professionals at its three production centres in Barcelona − Zona Franca, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon, amongst other models. Additionally, the company produces the Alhambra in Palmela (Portugal), the Mii in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Toledo in Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic) at Volkswagen Group plants. 

The Spanish multinational also has a Technical Centre, a ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together close to 1,000 engineers whose goal is to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.

SEAT UK enjoyed a tremendous year in 2013, selling 45,312 cars and achieving a 2.0% market share – both company records.  

SEAT Ibiza

 

SEAT Ibiza: at a glance

  • Fourth-generation model of SEAT’s best-selling car ever, both in the UK and worldwide
  • Celebrates 30 years on sale
  • First shown as Bocanegra concept car at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show; introduced in production form at the 2008 Madrid Motor Show, styled by Luc Donckerwolke
  • Updated version unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, going on sale in the UK the following month
  • Styling revisions from 2012 bring new Ibiza into line with latest SEAT design themes, as previewed with concept cars such as IBE, IBX and IBL, and seen on the new Leon.
  • New Ibiza updates guided by current SEAT Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos
  • Designed, developed and built in SEAT's ultra-modern Martorell production facility on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain
  • Three distinct body styles: three-door SC, five-door hatchback and ST estate
  • Petrol engines are amongst the most advanced in the class, ranging from the 1.2-litre 60 PS to the powerful turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre TSI 180 PS of the Ibiza CUPRA
  • Common rail diesels range from the frugal 1.2-litre TDI 75 PS in the Ibiza Ecomotive to the powerful 2.0-litre TDI 143 PS
  • Wide range of abilities: Ibiza Ecomotive offers an astonishing 80.7 mpg and just 92 g/km CO2, while Ibiza CUPRA races to 62mph in just 6.9 seconds
  • First SEAT available with highly advanced 1.4 TSI ACT (Active Cylinder Technology) engine, in FR Edition
  • Available with five-speed and six-speed manual gearboxes, or seven-speed DSG automatic
  • Eight trim levels: S A/C, SE, Toca, I-TECH, 30 Years, FR, FR Black, CUPRA
  • ST available with FR trim for first time, creating something genuinely different in the class: a sporty small estate
  • Standard equipment on all models includes: alarm, immobiliser, ESC, electric front windows, remote central locking, four airbags, height-adjustable driver’s seat, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, ISOFIX points with Top Tether for rear seats, four-speaker stereo with remote audio controls, body-coloured bumpers, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Hill Hold Control
  • Hi-end options (depending on model) include: curtain airbags, SEAT Portable System Live (integrated portable touchscreen unit including satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connection with voice control, full stereo integration and Eco Trainer function), bi-xenon headlights, Winter Pack (heated seats, headlight washers and heated washer jet nozzles), Technology Pack (automatic lights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electric folding mirrors and cruise control), climate control with refrigerated glove box, DAB and panoramic glass sunroof
  • Chief rivals include Renault Clio, Peugeot 208, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai i20, Kia Rio and MINI hatch

Overview

Sharper, smarter and even better value

  • The most stylish iteration yet of SEAT's best-selling icon
  • Three body styles: three-door SC, five-door hatchback and ST estate
  • Outstanding efficiency, practicality and quality across the range

When SEAT unveiled the production version of the new, fourth-generation Ibiza at the 2008 Madrid Motor Show, it did so knowing that the small car had very big shoes to fill. The Ibiza is the icon of SEAT's range, and consistently the company’s best-selling car globally.

Thankfully, Luc Donckerwolke (who was perhaps best known at the time from his days as Lamborghini's design boss) penned a car that was instantly striking, which matched splendid visuals with equally splendid cabin quality and practicality.

This Ibiza was, for the first time, to be offered in three distinct body styles: a rakish three-door, dubbed SC, for Sport Coupé; a five-door hatchback, dubbed…hatchback; and an estate, also with five doors, but with an enlarged boot and called ST, for Sport Tourer.

This made the SEAT Ibiza mould-breaking, and broadened its appeal significantly - as proven by the car's sales tally to date, which at the end of 2013 stood at over 93,000 in the UK alone (see page **). That has well surpassed the Ibiza Mk III’s sales total during its seven-year lifespan in the UK. 

The year 2013 was, in fact, the most successful that the Ibiza had ever achieved in UK sales terms, with 19,984 finding homes. The Ibiza’s 2012 mid-life facelift has no doubt contributed to its continued sales success.

Guided by the pen of current SEAT Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, the Ibiza was gifted with the new face of SEAT in 2012, as seen on the new, third-generation Leon. It's a design language that's come to be known as 'arrow head'.

In addition to the styling changes, the new Ibiza has emerged from the Martorell Technical Centre with detail improvements to the cabin and materials, and a simplified range structure - all with the aim of delivering more of the driving appeal and practical satisfaction that has made the Ibiza such a success to date in a fiercely competitive market.

The bold exterior lines flow through into a cabin that steers away from the conventional, while still being intuitive, with a driver-centred layout that feels a cut above the rest of the supermini class. A new three-spoke steering wheel, fresh instrument graphics (better to look at and easier to read), and an updated layout for the climate control unit all boost the Ibiza’s functionality while enhancing its appearance.

In 2012, the SEAT Portable System Live became available for the Ibiza, having been introduced with the Mii. This advanced, removable sat nav ant infotainment unit is among the most cutting edge on the market, in terms of both its updateable features and its intuitiveness.

None of the Ibiza’s style comes at the expense of practicality. In fact, the updated Ibiza has a larger glove box than the 2008 model - now a generous 10.7 litres, and optimised to carry the chattels of modern life.

The Ibiza range has eight trim levels, with a balance of generous equipment and affordability to suit all budgets.

Strong and sophisticated from the ground up

Underpinning the new Ibiza’s good looks is a tough and intelligently designed platform, with rigidity and excellent dynamic performance at its core. The introduction of the fourth-generation Ibiza brought with it a new structure incorporating a longer wheelbase and a significantly wider track than the outgoing car – much better for stability and control.

SEAT’s Agile Chassis concept permeates every area of the Ibiza, including carefully honed electro-hydraulic power steering and suspension settings designed to combine comfort and security on the road with genuine driving pleasure - something that Ibiza buyers have come to expect.

Environment in mind

With fuel-saving and environmental concerns more relevant than ever, the new Ibiza demonstrates a considered approach to responsible motoring. From the super-frugal 1.2 TDI Ecomotive version, (whose CO2 emissions are just 92 g/km, making it 'tax-free’), through to the high-performance CUPRA, every Ibiza is far more efficient that its performance suggests it should be; on one hand, buyers can have a very practical estate car that returns 80.7 mpg in the Ibiza ST Ecomotive, and on the other, a car that darts from 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds but still delivers 47.9 mpg.

All new Ibiza models have a very high level of recyclability, and the modern design and production facility at Martorell maximises the use of computer simulation and CAD design, which minimises transportation pollution.

Safety first

The Ibiza was awarded a maximum five-star safety rating in the industry standard Euro NCAP crash tests in 2011 (5 door tested), gaining excellent ratings in the adult occupant and child occupant categories. Twin front- and head-thorax front side airbags come as standard on all models, and pedestrian impact safety has also been given close attention with careful tailoring of the bonnet and front bumper.

The car also offers the reassuring fitment across the range of electronic stability control (ESC) and the innovative Hill Hold Control function which maintains the vehicle’s position on slopes for two seconds between releasing the brake pedal and accelerating. A cornering function for the front fog lamps is standard on SE, FR and CUPRA models.

High technology

The Ibiza comes with a generous standard specification, while offering options that put it at the very cutting edge of the supermini class.

The 2012 update saw the introduction of the SEAT Portable System as an option, which was introduced with the Mii city car. This supersedes the previous TomTom unit, which itself was a true innovation in the supermini class, offering a portable navigation unit at low cost by virtue of clever integration into the dash top.

Other important items, optional or standard, depending on trim level, are powerful bi-xenon headlamps with AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System), rear parking sensors, Alcantara sports seats, climate control and a panoramic glass sunroof.

And in mid-2013, the Ibiza became the very first SEAT to be offered with Volkswagen Group’s Active Cylinder Technology (ACT), in the 140 PS 1.4 TSI petrol engine of the Ibiza FR Edition – which supersedes the 150 PS 1.4 TSI engine in the Ibiza range. ACT means that the four-cylinder engine can shut down two of its cylinders in low-load driving situations, dramatically reducing fuel consumption. 

Drivetrains

A broad range of sophisticated Euro 5 compliant engines includes six petrol units: a 1.2-litre in 60 PS and 70 PS guises, an 85 PS 1.4-litre, the super-efficient turbocharged 105 PS 1.2-litre TSI, and 150 PS and 180 PS versions of the cutting-edge turbocharged and supercharged 1.4-litre TSI.

The diesel options all feature common-rail technology and range from the 75 PS 1.2-litre TDI (also available in Ecomotive form), through the 105 PS 1.6-litre TDI, and topped off by the powerful and frugal 143 PS 2.0-litre TDI.

Most models come with a five-speed manual gearbox as standard, with the class-leading DSG-auto offered as an option on the 1.2 TSI 105 PS and as standard on both versions of the 1.4 TSI. The 2.0 TDI 143 PS is fitted with a six-speed manual as standard.

Versions

Ibiza SC: more style, same intelligence

For pure aesthetes the Ibiza SC is the pick of the latest range. The three-door layout allows for more compact rear side windows that also closely follow the C-pillar, giving a strong L-shaped dynamic line to the side profile and the sportiest look of all the Ibiza models. Yet rear seat space isn’t compromised and the boot still offers an ample 284 litres of load space.

Ibiza five-door: spacious and fun

As the core model of the Ibiza range, the five-door makes no compromises in the style stakes despite the presence of rear doors. Seamlessly integrated into the Ibiza’s silhouette, the diagonal trailing edge runs parallel to the outline of the C-pillar to create strength in the shape as well as giving a generous entry point for passengers. Spacious inside, the Ibiza five-door has a highly competitive 292 litres of luggage room.

Ibiza ST: practicality with elegance

The Ibiza in ST form is the most practical of propositions, squeezing genuine estate car ability into supermini proportions. Taking on the challenge of combining space and dynamic looks, the new Ibiza ST packs an impressive 430 litres of boot space into a compact exterior, rising to a vast 1,164 litres with the rear seats folded. Even so, the Ibiza ST shares the sporty looks and dynamics of the rest of the family - especially as, with the 2012 update, the ST became available in sporty FR trim for the first time.

Ibiza ST FR: a car for every situation

Reflecting the other side of the Ibiza’s personality, the highly respected FR models have brought affordable performance and the ultimate expression of sporty design to the range. SEAT's brand values – dynamic, design-driven and young-spirited – make it almost imperative to offer the ST in FR trim. FR trim is reserved for the higher-performance engines in the Ibiza range (100 PS and upwards), reflecting the sportiness inherent in the black and red lettering. All FR cars come with more aggressive front- and rear bumpers and 16-inch ‘Stratos’ alloy wheels (aside from the FR Edition, which gets 17-inch Titanium-finish alloys). On the inside, FR badging and red stitching for the leather steering wheel adds a touch of sportiness, as do the very supportive sports seats. Sports suspension is standard, and all FR models come with the SEAT Portable System Live as standard.

Ibiza CUPRA: SEAT's performance icon, condensed

In November 2012, SEAT officially unveiled the updated Ibiza CUPRA, which as well as bringing the styling in line with the 2012 model year Ibiza updates, also saw increases in both fuel efficiency and performance, due to an ECU tweak to the 1.4 TSI engine.

Boasting 180 PS from an engine of just 1.4 litres, thanks to strapping on both a supercharger and a turbocharger, the Ibiza CUPRA is staggeringly quick while returning 47.9 mpg combined fuel economy and 139 g/km CO2 emissions – the same headline figures as the less powerful 150 PS version of the engine, found in the Ibiza FR.  

A by-product of this unusual engine setup (turbo and supercharged) is that most elusive of qualities: character. The engine boasts a surge of torque (250 Nm at just 2,000 rpm), while peak power comes at a lofty 6,200rpm. So, it has the engaging characteristics of a rev-happy, naturally aspirated engine, but torque more characteristic of a modern diesel (without the clatter). A sound actuator in the exhaust system gives the CUPRA a uniquely sporty, distinctive sound. The engine drives the front wheels through a seven-speed DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox.

As you'd expect, the standard equipment list of this range-topping Ibiza leaves very little to the options list. A unique CUPRA body kit including rear diffuser with integrated trapezoidal tailpipe finisher gives it an aggressive look, added to by standard black mirror caps and 17-inch 'Barcino' alloy wheels (also available in black). Inside, the black sports seats are white-trimmed around the edge, which continues into the door cards, and gloss black trim surrounds the gear selector, stereo and heating controls, and instrument binnacle. CUPRA badges on the steering wheel and speedometer complete the look. Drilled aluminium pedals, the SEAT Portable System Live, LED daytime running lights, electrically folding door mirrors,  bi-xenon headlights with AFS, climate control and rain sensing wipers are all standard.

Buyers can also specify a set of racing brakes by specialist AP, which sees the front callipers painted red, with the SEAT Sport logo. The kit includes four-piston callipers and enlarged front discs, up to 312 mm from 288 mm. Brake performance is improved by around 15% with the racing brakes kit.

The SEAT Ibiza CUPRA is available in the SC body style only.

Design

Striking, sharp and distinctive

  • Crisper geometric style follows SEAT 'arrow head' design language
  • New headlights bring Ibiza in line with the latest SEAT models, including new Leon
  • Original design by Luc Donckerwolke, updated by Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos and his team
  • Interior combines simple, intuitive functionality with sharp, driver-oriented design  

Over several generations the Ibiza has become well known and much admired for a distinctive and progressive exterior design – one of the key factors contributing to its youthful appeal. The fourth-generation Ibiza took this to a new level, being the first production model created entirely by SEAT’s previous Design Director Luc Donckerwolke (he of ‘former Lamborghini stylist’ fame) and the purest expression of the 'arrow head' design theme.

Now the Ibiza’s design has been moved forward yet again under the stewardship of current SEAT Head of Design, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, building on its strengths and creating a car that sits harmoniously with the new-look SEAT range; it's clear that the Ibiza is the little brother of the new, third-generation Leon.

The key interior layout and functionality of the 2008 car remains, although it's been freshened up with new trims and steering wheel designs, as well as key equipment changes – most notably the addition of the SEAT Portable System Live, which replaces the previous TomTom unit.

Exterior

The Ibiza’s expressive front end retains the trapezoidal grille and the bold SEAT logo, but the grille itself has been narrowed and sharpened at its extremities, adding visual width to the overall shape. The new grille design is mirrored by the lower air intake and the fog light surrounds are more angular, creating greater symmetry. The new front bumper is distinguished by strong creases across its width, to give neater integration of the front registration plate and naturally drawing the eye down the car’s flanks.

These changes allow a cleaner flow into the new headlights, as the dynamic line running the length of the car converges with the new grille and bumper to naturally create a complex and angular shape.  Three headlight types are available: single-bulb halogens on S A/C models, twin-bulb halogens on SE, Toca and FR, and the option of striking bi-xenons with AFS and LED daytime running lights on SE and FR – each LED once again mirroring the signature trapezoidal shape. These are standard on the Ibiza CUPRA. Models equipped with bi-xenons also get unique LED rear lights that mirror the ‘tick’ effect first seen on the stunning IBE concept car.

Along the car’s flanks, the interplay between the dynamic line running from front to rear and the second line from the tail lamps and along the rear window line give tension and strength to the overall shape. A third light-catching crease running parallel to the sills improves its stance and these character lines combine to create the impression of forward motion, solidity and purpose.

At the rear, the bumper has been subtly altered to reflect the more angular changes at the front. The clean surface of the tailgate is punctuated only by the SEAT logo that doubles as the boot release, while on five-door and SC models the curve of the bumper has been flattened off to create a stronger feature line across its width.

Interior

An environment that’s stylish and informative, yet unobtrusive to the driver, is the thinking behind the new Ibiza’s cabin. The instruments and switchgear are angled towards the driver, presenting him or her with a ‘working cockpit’ to bring a sense of purpose and control.

It starts from the moment you grab the new three-spoke steering wheel with its sportier design and more comfortable indentations – optionally wrapped in leather. FR and CUPRA drivers get their own unique wheel, finished in leather as standard and perfectly suited for exploiting the Ibiza's sharp handling.

The new wheel gives an unobstructed view of the updated instrument layout, which brings added clarity through italicised figures with the key speeds in bold for instantaneous reading. The instruments and multi-function computer housed between them are now illuminated in a crisp white for better visibility and minimal driver fatigue.

Already well known for combining effective ergonomics with eye-catching design, the new Ibiza offers upgraded upholstery options for a greater premium feel and the option of painted finishes allows the contrast of light and dark and a greater degree of personalisation. Soft-touch finishes are used in all the crucial areas, a significant factor in enhancing the experience for the cabin’s occupants.

Despite the Ibiza being available in three body styles, each with a greater or lesser degree of boot space, every version is practical. The three-door SC, despite its rakish proportions and broad rear shoulders – accentuated by a visual 'pinching' of the cabin at the rear – still boasts a boot that's very nearly as large as the five-door's: 284 litres, only eight litres less.

Every Ibiza has the same amount of rear legroom, although the five-door and ST versions have a little more rear headroom owing to a higher roofline.

However, the clear practicality choice in the Ibiza range is the ST, which has a 430-litre boot space – 50 litres bigger than even the new Leon's – which can open out to 1,164 litres with the rear seats folded flat.  

Located on the centre of the dashboard, neatly but not obtrusively, are the controls for (depending on model) air conditioning functions, hazard lights, door locking/unlocking, ESC disconnection, tyre pressure monitoring and a warning to indicate if the passenger airbag is disconnected. On models fitted with climate control, a revised button layout makes it even easier to operate whilst on the move.

The new Ibiza caters for the increasing clutter of modern life with a more generous glove box, now capable of holding 10.7 litres. The simple lid frees up more space within, and also now includes a number of recesses designed to contain all manner of specific day-to-day items; a pen, parking passes or tickets, smartphones and credit cards can all be housed securely in the lid without impacting on the storage space inside.

Three cup holders sit in the lower part of the fascia, as well as a lower side recess for a mobile phone. In the lining of the lower A-pillar, which is a single piece along with the sill, there is also a slim storage area.

Ibiza ST: practicality defined

Not an inch of space is wasted in the back of the new Ibiza ST.  Access to the luggage area is via the now familiar ‘S’ emblem on the tailgate or by remote electronic operation from the key fob. Powerful gas struts keep the wide tailgate at a sufficient height to shelter even a tall adult, while the load level of only 578 millimetres is ideal.

Indentations in the base of the seat cushions allow the headrests to stow neatly, while lighting and bag hooks are standard, and a useful under-floor storage area allows the separation of wet or dirty items from the main luggage area. Accessory options allow the fitment of skis, bicycles and roof boxes, and with an approved bar fitted the Ibiza ST can tow up to 1,200 kg, dependent on model.

Ibiza accessories

SEAT offers a huge range of personalisation accessories that give every Ibiza owner the opportunity to customise their car to their own taste, be it for reasons of functionality or pure style. Examples of the sort of items available include a DVD player with two screens, mounted on the front seat headrests for rear seat passengers, including two sets of wireless headphones.

On the styling front, an exterior pack comprising chrome mirror caps, sill guards and a tailgate strip is available, while a variety of alloy wheels in sizes up to 17-inch are available, including titanium-finished wheels as part of the Titanium Pack, which also includes contrasting door mirror covers and front grille frame.  

Plenty more accessories are available from all SEAT franchised dealerships. 

Engines and gearboxes

Efficiency for power and economy

  • Six modern petrol engines and three flexible turbo diesels
  • Impressive performance and economy across the range
  • New 1.4 TSI ACT engine returns over 60 mpg using the very latest VWG tech
  • Lowest emissions just 92 g/km; most powerful CUPRA emits just 139 g/km
  • Five-speed and six-speed manuals, and a quick-shifting DSG automatic

The Ibiza is now available with the widest choice of engines to date, stretching from 1.2-litres to 2.0-litres in capacity, with outputs ranging from 60 PS to exactly three times that amount. Five-speed manual gearboxes feature on most models, with the DSG automatic available with any TSI engine bar the FR Edition with ACT. A standard six-speed manual comes with the 2.0 TDI 143 PS to effectively manage its big torque output.

Petrol

The entry-level 1.2-litre petrol engine has a three-cylinder block, a cylinder head with four valves per cylinder and multi-point fuel injection. It comes in 60 PS and 70 PS guises, with 108 Nm and 112 Nm respectively. Cost-conscious buyers choosing the S A/C trim will welcome the 52.3 mpg combined cycle figure. The more powerful 70 PS version delivers the same economy and emissions but with a higher top speed and a 0-62 mph time cut by two seconds, down to 13.9 seconds.

The 1.4-litre petrol is a four-cylinder, 16V engine with multi-point fuel injection. It delivers 85 PS and its maximum engine torque is 132 Nm at 3,800 rpm.  Average fuel consumption is 47.9 mpg on the combined cycle while CO2 emissions are a mere 139 g/km.

Next up is the smallest Ibiza engine, the 1.2-litre TSI – smallest by a mere one cc in overall cylinder capacity. Despite its capacity, though, it’s by no means the least powerful. State-of-the-art turbocharging generates 105 PS from just 1,197 cc, while its 175 Nm torque peak arrives at just 1,550 rpm, so it feels a lot quicker than the average 1.2 unit. Despite offering 0-62 mph acceleration of under 10 seconds, it’s also the most frugal of the petrol engines, with a combined economy figure of 55.4 mpg and CO2 emissions slashed to just 119 g/km. Even when mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic, the 1.2 TSI is good for 53.3 mpg with CO2 emissions of 124 g/km.

At the pinnacle of the Ibiza range, in power terms, is the 1.4 TSI petrol engine, which comes in two power outputs: 140 PS and 180 PS, the latter in the CUPRA only and the former new to the range in 2014 – and the first utilisation of Active Cylinder Technology for SEAT.

A technical highlight not only for the Ibiza range, but for SEAT itself, is the 140 PS 1.4 TSI with ACT that powers the Ibiza FR and the FR Black. Not only does this technologically advanced cylinder shutdown system reduce fuel use by seamlessly shutting down two of the engine’s four cylinders when they’re not needed, it’s also the most powerful Ibiza available with a manual transmission – an involving ‘warm hatch’ made with the driver in mind, yet returning an amazing 60.1 mpg combined fuel economy, and just 109 g/km CO2. It replaces the 150 PS 1.4 TSI unit, offering very similar performance but with much greater efficiency. 

In the CUPRA, the extra 30 PS of the 1.4 unit makes for a 0-62 mph sprint in under seven seconds. This makes the Ibiza CUPRA one of the quickest superminis on sale today, while returning 47.9 mpg combined fuel consumption.

Diesel

The Ibiza’s entry-level diesel engine is the three-cylinder 1.2 TDI with common rail direct injection fuelling and a DPF (diesel particulate filter). Developing 75 PS, it delivers 180 Nm at just 1,500 rpm and offers magnificent fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures: 72.4 mpg (combined) and a mere 104 g/km. 

And in Ecomotive form the addition of a Start/Stop and Energy Recovery systems reduces those figures still further to a remarkable 80.7 mpg combined and a tax-free 92 g/km of CO2 - tax-free in the annual VED sense, that is.   

Start/Stop works by cutting off the engine when the car is motionless, the gearbox placed into neutral and the clutch pedal lifted. It means that fuel is preserved that would otherwise be wasted when the car is stood at idle, at traffic lights or whatever. Similarly, Energy Recovery uses an alternator to capture energy lost as heat during braking, store it, then send it to power the car's electrical systems. This takes a proportion of strain away from the battery, which ultimately preserves fuel.

The more potent 1.6-litre four-cylinder TDI develops 105 PS and delivers a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1,500 rpm. It too features common rail fuelling and a DPF and delivers 65.7 mpg (combined) with emissions of only 112 g/km.

Crowning the diesel range is the powerful 2.0 TDI CR with a mighty 143 PS and a thumping 320 Nm of torque. Yet it chalks up only 123 g/km CO2 emissions and can deliver in excess of 60 mpg. This engine is the only in the range to come with a six-speed manual as standard, whose ratios are spaced to keep the engine in its peak torque range for outstanding in-gear flexibility, while the sixth gear is a little taller, so that the engine runs at low revs on the motorway for maximum fuel efficiency over long distances.

Running gear

Optimised for modern driving conditions

  • Highly refined chassis balances superb handling with ride comfort
  • ESC standard on entire range
  • Differing suspension setups to best suit the characteristics of certain models
  • Clever XDS electronic 'limited slip differential' on versions over 100 PS

As with the design of the car, the running gear of the Ibiza has been given great attention, so as to maximise comfort and efficiency across the range.

Suspension and steering

A wide track, good weight distribution and low overall mass regardless of the model are all essential to deliver a composed and engaging driving experience, and the Ibiza does not disappoint. At the front, McPherson struts deliver the control and insulation required for high levels of performance, helped by lightweight bearings. A one-piece sub-frame reduces noise and vibration passing into the cabin.

Moving to the rear, an optimised U-shaped torsion beam combines a number of desirable characteristics: low weight, compact dimensions and a high level of adjustability, delivering a highly efficient solution in all respects.

Both the CUPRA and the Ecomotive versions have suspension lowered by 15 mm – but for very different reasons. In the former case, the stiffened, lowered suspension setup is to improve feel through the wheels, chassis and, ultimately, steering wheel rim. This gives the driver more confidence when moving at pace. In the Ecomotive, however, the move is purely to benefit fuel efficiency: a lower ride height means the car cuts through the air more easily, and less resistance means lower fuel use.

The power assistance for the steering gear is provided by an electro-hydraulic system, providing better feel and response than a fully electric set-up. This also allows the use of a variable output pump, only using the energy required to deliver sufficient assistance and therefore minimising pumping losses.

All versions of the Ibiza have a very tight turning circle of just 10.48 metres, which makes each feel especially agile at low speeds – useful for parking in tight spaces, for example.

Brakes

Braking is taken care of by 256 mm ventilated discs at the front, with solid discs at the rear on all bar 1.2-litre TDI and 1.4-litre 85 PS models, which use a simpler, lighter drum setup at the back. FR and CUPRA versions have ventilated discs all round with larger 288 mm discs at the front. Select ESC as an option and Electronic Braking Assist is included, ensuring maximum brake force is applied in emergency situations - the hazard warning lights are also activated automatically.

Models with more than 100 PS also benefit from the innovative XDS system, which uses the ESC system to mimic the effects of a limited slip differential. This means that during fast cornering, the system brakes the inside turning wheel, which helps to eliminate understeer and swing the car around the turn more sharply, without compromising the feeling of steering accuracy. This software-based solution ensures maximum traction at all times, but without the expensive and additional weight of a full mechanical limited slip differential.

Safety and security

Prevention and protection

  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Comprehensive airbag provision across the range
  • Bonnet and bumpers designed for pedestrian protection
  • Remote central locking and child locks standard on all models

All SEATs have safety at the heart of their design, with the ultimate goal of offering superior protection for occupants and pedestrians.

Euro NCAP: a five-star car

This dedication resulted in an excellent five-star result in the exacting Euro NCAP crash tests for the current model (5 door tested in 2011), making it one of the very safest cars in the class. The Ibiza scored 82% for adult occupant protection, 77% for child occupant protection, 71% for safety assist features and 59% for pedestrian protection; on the child occupant front, Euro NCAP's report commended the Ibiza specifically for its protection of the three-year-old dummy.

Key features include the standard fitment of side head-thorax and front airbags for both driver and passenger. ABS is standard across the range, as are front seatbelt pre-tensioners, a front passenger seatbelt warning buzzer and rear ISOFIX child seat anchorage points, with three-point belts on all seats.  A Top Tether system is also fitted, giving a third anchorage point for child seats and even better security of installation.

An agile chassis and responsive controls are the foundations of a strong active safety provision, but the Ibiza can be specified with a comprehensive suite of electronic aids for greater peace of mind.  ESC is a proven life saver and this installation includes Electronic Brake Assist – features that make life easier for the driver and reduce the likelihood of an accident still further.

Crash testing

The Ibiza's excellent Euro NCAP display is in large part to do with the extensive crash testing programme it underwent prior to production – tests more aggressive than those required. For example, testing at a frontal impact speed of 40 mph instead of the usual 35 mph, while rear crash tests were even more demanding, with an impact speed of 31 mph instead of 23 mph. The mass of the impact beam was also increased.

Should the worst happen, the impact absorbing cross-member and sub-frame design at the front of the Ibiza minimise the loads placed on the passenger cell. Pedestrians are protected too, with deformable structures in the car’s nose and a crumple zone under the bonnet. Lower speed impacts should result in nothing other than cosmetic damage to the vehicle thanks to careful positioning of key under-bonnet components. Automatic warning lights are also standard on every version.

Security features

All Ibiza models are equipped with a rolling code immobiliser and remote central locking, while all the doors and rear hatch have deadlocks. There are also child locks on the rear doors.

The VIN is visible through the windscreen and an anti-theft antenna and locking fuel cap are standard. A volumetric alarm with back-up horn is core equipment too, while locking wheel bolts are fitted where alloy wheels are standard equipment.

Electronics

Cutting edge answers to everyday requirements

  • SEAT Portable System Live offers next-generation functionality
  • Integrates voice control and Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Hill Hold Control and Tyre Pressure Warning
  • Bi-xenon headlamps with AFS technology

The Ibiza may be a compact car, but owners won't feel they're lacking anything in the technology department - the Ibiza offers true 'big car' comforts. That's best exemplified with the addition of the SEAT Portable System, which supersedes the previous integrated TomTom sat nav unit - itself a cutting-edge solution when the Ibiza was launched in 2008.

SEAT Portable System Live

When the SEAT Ibiza was first unveiled it was the first car in any class to offer a simple, integrated satellite navigation solution via a small docking station built into the dash. Without navigation specified, the dash-top docking station could be neatly covered, while those that did require navigation could slot the compatible, and very reasonably priced, TomTom unit in. The ingeniously simple system came at a time when sat nav was a notoriously expensive in-car option, while portable units were becoming much more reasonably priced - but were a messy choice, usually meaning windscreen suction cup rings and loose wires all over the place. The SEAT system offered the cost-effectiveness and portability of an aftermarket device, but the neatness of a proper manufacturer option. Some people say something about cake at this point.

First seen in the Mii, the SEAT Portable System was updated in 2013 and is now called SEAT Portable System Live to reflect a significant ream of updates. For example, the system can give live weather and traffic information using mobile phone data, can collect local speed camera information, and can use Google data to give information on local points of interest. None of these functions were available on the first versions of the Portable System, but go to show how versatile the unit is.

All information is displayed and controlled via a high resolution five-inch colour touchscreen, which docks quickly and easily with the Ibiza via a dedicated mount that can be covered neatly when the system isn’t in place. The unit’s slim design belies the amount of technology it packs in: satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone operation, a vehicle information computer, and audio playback. All the major systems can also be activated via voice control.

A micro-SD card slot (up to 32 GB) allows audio file playback as well as the option to display photos.

From September 2014, the unit also includes an Eco Trainer function (I-TECH and above).

Fingertip controls

The new Ibiza has a steering column-mounted control with all the audio functions centralised in a single lever, which works with both the standard stereo and the SEAT Portable System Live. It includes volume adjustment, channel locater, audio CD-MP3 and external device control, direct access to the menu, where all the information listed in files and stored in the external devices can be accessed, as well as the radio and the telephone.

The new Ibiza also offers a combined USB and AUX-in connection installation that is compatible with an iPod, MP3 audio or similar systems and data storage devices, which comes as standard with the Bluetooth option.

Meanwhile the instrument panel features a multi-function screen with a wide range of information for the driver such as fuel level, clock, trip computer, outside temperature, and distance remaining until the next service appointment.

Parking sensors

New for the 2014 model year is the additional option of front and rear parking sensors – previously, just rear sensors were available.

The sensors generate a beep to warn of obstacles at the rearm, using ultrasound devices located on the front and rear bumpers. They begin measuring from 0.6 metres at the side and 1.6 metres at the front or rear of the car. When the distance shortens to about 30 cm, the beeping is continuous. The system also automatically quietens the radio/CD/MP3 output to allow the beeps to be heard more easily.

Hill Hold Control

As well as ESC as standard, Hill Hold Control is too - a clever system that holds the car in place on a slope for two seconds after the brake pedal is released, giving the driver time to hit the accelerator without the car rolling backwards. This feature reduces the need to ‘balance’ the clutch, or use the handbrake every time the car stops on a hill.

Included with Hill Hold Control is Tyre Pressure Monitoring. With this system any sudden tyre pressure loss is highlighted to the driver. 

Bi-xenon headlights

Optional (on SE and FR) bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System) technology provide significant gains in night time visibility. They’re standard on the CUPRA.

The new Ibiza is also equipped with static cornering light function in the front fog lamps (where fitted).  This greatly improves visibility on corners as the relevant left or right fog light illuminates automatically when turning at speeds lower than 25 mph. The system is automatically activated with the corresponding indicator signal is activated or when the steering wheel exceeds a certain angle.

The car also offers the option of headlight Coming Home function, already seen on other SEAT models, which turns on the dipped beams for 30 seconds after removing the key from the ignition.

Ownership

Seriously cost-effective, masses of fun

  • Generous standard equipment list
  • Raft of options and customisation accessories to choose from
  • Very low insurance costs and simple fixed price service scheme 
  • Comprehensive warranty cover

Buyers in the supermini segment are generally looking for the most cost-effective motoring possible - maximum practicality with minimal fuss and low running costs. That’s exactly what the Ibiza offers, thanks to its great value pricing structure, low fuel costs across the range, and attractive insurance premiums.   

Insurance groups

As well as being priced so as to make it one of the best value superminis on the market, the Ibiza is a joy on the financial front throughout ownership, thanks to low repair costs, innovative safety features and robust security. Most of the Ibiza range is extremely cost-effective to ensure, on account of low insurance groupings.

Model                                       Group rating (1-50)                  

Ibiza SC

S A/C 1.2 12V 70 PS                             5E
SE 1.4 16V 85 PS                                 9E
Toca 1.4 16V 85 PS                              11E
I-TECH  1.2 TSI 105                              15E
30 Years 1.4 16V                                   12E     
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS                                 12E
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                         12E
FR 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                          21E
FR 1.6 TDI 105 PS                                 14E
FR Black 1.2 TSI 105 PS                        tbc
FR Black 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                 tbc
CUPRA 1.4 TSI 180 PS DSG                  27E

Ibiza five-door                         

S A/C 1.2 12V 70 PS                             5E
S A/C 1.2 TDI 75 PS                             7E
S A/C 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive             7E
SE 1.4 16V 85 PS                                 9E
SE 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                       12E
SE 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive                 7E
SE 1.6 TDI 105 PS                               14E
Toca 1.4 16V 85 PS                              11E
I-TECH  1.2 TSI 105                              15E
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS                                12E
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                        12E
FR 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                         21E
FR Black 1.2 TSI 105 PS                        tbc
FR Black 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                tbc
FR 1.6 TDI 105 PS                                 14E
FR 2.0 TDI 143 PS                                 22E

Ibiza ST                                  

S A/C 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive             7E
SE 1.4 16V 85 PS                                  9E
SE 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                        12E
SE 1.2 TDI 75 PS Ecomotive                 7E
SE 1.6 TDI 105 PS                                14E
Toca 1.4 16V 85 PS                              11E
I-TECH  1.2 TSI 105                             15E
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS                               12E     
FR 1.2 TSI 105 PS DSG                       12E
FR 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                        21E
FR 1.6 TDI 105 PS                               14E
FR Black 1.2 TSI 105 PS                       tbc
FR Black 1.4 TSI 140 PS ACT                tbc

Servicing: It’s Fixed!

All new Ibiza models have the same servicing requirements. A major service is required only at 20,000-mile intervals with an oil change every 10,000 miles. Cars that travel less than 10,000 miles per year require an inspection service, which includes an oil change, every 12 months.

In 2012, SEAT introduced its It’s Fixed! servicing scheme, which provides a transparent, easy-to-book and, most importantly, cost-effective way for all SEAT drivers to have their cars serviced - and by fully trained SEAT technicians using only genuine manufacturer parts.

Thanks to It’s Fixed!, a first-year service is £169, and a second-year £199, including VAT and labour (cars 1-2 years old). A minor service is £139 and a major £259 for SEATs 3-15 years old. An online booking facility makes it incredibly convenient, and it’s open to all SEAT cars up to fifteen years old. Free SEAT European Roadside Assistance, worth £245 is on offer to those who book both services on www.seat.co.uk. New for summer 2014 is a fixed price service plan for new SEATs up to 3 months old. Offering cover for 3 years/30,000 miles, budgeting can be simple with 24 monthly payments (for 36 months cover) of £19.99 (or an upfront payment of £479.76). The prices are fixed, so they’re inflation proof, plus they offer savings of nearly £30 compared to paying individual prices.

Warranty

  • Three-year/60,000 mile warranty (comprises two-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited mileage plus a further one-year Dealer Warranty limited to 60,000 miles)
  • 12-year anti-perforation warranty - the Ibiza has a fully-galvanised steel body
  • Three-year paintwork warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Two-year SEAT Assistance roadside assistance package valid in 33 countries throughout Europe and bordering countries

Standard equipment

S A/C trim

Exterior equipment

  • Electrically adjustable single-bulb headlights
  • Rear fog light
  • Black door handles and mirrors
  • Body coloured mirrors with integrated mouldings
  • Tinted windows
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • SEAT logo tailgate release
  • Black roof rails (Ibiza ST only)

Interior equipment

  • Driver and passenger sun visors with vanity mirrors
  • Roof light
  • Three front cup holders
  • Illuminated boot
  • 10.7-litre glove box with light

Seats and trim

  • Front door storage pockets
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Height-adjustable front headrests
  • Two height-adjustable rear headrests
  • Folding rear bench seats
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Rear door storage pockets (Ibiza ST)
  • Storage under boot floor (Ibiza ST)

Functional and mechanical

  • Air conditioning
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • Electric front windows (one-touch with anti-squeeze)
  • Height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel
  • Speed-sensitive electro-mechanical power steering
  • 12-volt power supply in centre console
  • RPM counter
  • Lights left on warning buzzer
  • Gearshift indicator

Infotainment

  • MP3-compatible CD player
  • AUX-in port
  • FM/AM radio
  • Four speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Pre-installation for SEAT Portable System

Safety and security

  • Driver, front passenger, front-side airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Active front head restraints
  • ABS
  • Automatic warning lights
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Two folding remote keys with remote window opening/closing function
  • Front seatbelt reminders
  • ISOFIX points on outer rear seats with Top Tether anchorage points
  • Remote central locking with deadlocks
  • Child locks on rear doors
  • Three-point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • Anti-theft roof antenna
  • Visible VIN in windscreen
  • Volumetric alarm with back-up horn and tow-away protection
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist)*

*ESC & EBA only standard on vehicles with Start/Stop system

Wheels and tyres

  • 15-inch steel wheels with ‘Mamba’ covers; 185/60 R15 tyres

SE trim adds

Exterior equipment

  • Electrically adjustable twin-bulb front headlights
  • Front fog lights with cornering function
  • Body coloured door handles and mirrors
  • Heated, electric door mirrors
  • Gloss black B- and C-pillars (not on Ibiza SC)
  • Chrome roof rails (Ibiza ST)

Interior equipment

  • Roof light with map-reading lights

Seats and trim

  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Functional and mechanical
  • Trip computer
  • Outside temperature gauge

Wheels and tyres

  • 15-inch ‘Marsala’ alloy wheels
  • 185/60 R15 tyres

Safety and security

  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist)
  • XDS (electronic limited-slip differential)
  • Locking wheel bolts

Toca trim adds

  • 16-inch ‘Cartago’ alloy wheels
  • SEAT Portable System Live, includes: satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone connection and audio streaming, trip computer integration and micro SD card slot.

30 Years adds

Exterior equipment

  • Bi-xenon headlights and LED rear light clusters
  • Black door mirrors and front grille frame
  • Ibiza 30 Years badging (B-pillar)
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Rear view camera

Interior equipment

  • Ibiza 30 Years floor mats and key cover

Seats and trim

  • Alcantara and simil leather upholstery with beige stitching
  • Black headlining

Functional and mechanical

  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Sports suspension
  • Coming home headlight function

FR adds to SE

Exterior equipment

  • Exclusive FR front and rear bumpers
  • Twin exhaust pipes

Interior equipment

  • Exclusive FR styling details

Seats and trim

  • Height-adjustable front passenger’s seat
  • FR sport seats

Functional and mechanical

  • Cruise control
  • Sports suspension
  • Coming home headlight function

Wheels and tyres

  • 16-inch ‘Stratos’ alloy wheels; 215/45 R16 tyres

FR Black adds to FR with:

  • 17-inch black ‘Targus’ alloy wheels
  • DAB digital radio
  • Alcantara upholstery
  • Black coloured door mirrors
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Red seat belts and brake calipers(1.4 ACT only)

CUPRA trim adds (SC only)

Exterior equipment

  • Bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and headlight washers
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Gloss black door mirrors
  • Exclusive CUPRA front and rear bumpers
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Centre-exit trapezoidal exhaust pipe

Interior equipment

  • Exclusive CUPRA styling details

Seats and trim

  • CUPRA sport seats
  • Drilled aluminium pedals

Functional and mechanical

  • Climate control

Wheels and tyres

  • 17-inch ‘Barcino’ alloy wheels; 215/40 R17 tyres

Safety and security

  • Hill Hold Control and tyre pressure monitoring

SEAT Ibiza: a global success

Across four generations the SEAT Ibiza has been a consistent best-seller for the company, both worldwide and in the UK. Its global sales figures from 1987 are as follows:

Mk I:     1,129,416          (1987 - 1993)
Mk II:    1,522,607          (1993 - 2003)
MK III:   1,221,200          (2001 - 2011)
MK IV:  837,014 (2008 - 2013)

Total:   4,710,237         

And in the UK:

Mk I:     42,494              (1987 - 1994)
Mk II:    67,534              (1993 - 2002)
MK III:   80,847              (2002 - 2009)
MK IV:  93,602              (2008 - 2013)

Total:   284,477

Years denote period that SEAT registered sales, not necessarily exact generational changes.

Technology to enjoy

When you get behind the wheel of a SEAT car, you don’t just go for a drive, you go for an experience. One that will capture your imagination and touch your emotions. Covering five key elements, design, efficiency, innovation, performance and technology.

That’s the essence of TECHNOLOGY TO ENJOY. You’ll find it in every new car model that wears the SEAT badge, including our ever-growing and highly-efficient Ecomotive car range. It’s the philosophy that lies behind everything we do as a company. And it will be driving us to develop new and innovative concepts well into the future.

TECHNOLOGY TO ENJOY isn’t just about engineering quality cars today. It’s about bringing more enjoyment to the roads of tomorrow.

About SEAT

SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in more than 75 countries. In 2013, SEAT generated the highest revenue in its history, with a total turnover of 6,473 millon euros (up 6.3% on 2012), with overall deliveries amounting to 355,000 units.     

SEAT Group employs 14,000 professionals at its three production centres in Barcelona − Zona Franca, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon, amongst other models. Additionally, the company produces the Alhambra in Palmela (Portugal), the Mii in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Toledo in Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic) at Volkswagen Group plants. 

The Spanish multinational also has a Technical Centre, a ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together close to 1,000 engineers whose goal is to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.

SEAT UK enjoyed a tremendous year in 2013, selling 45,312 cars and achieving a 2.0% market share – both company records.  

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