The Seat Ibiza turns 40, know its entire history

Seat Ibiza

El Seat Ibiza It is one of the iconic vehicles on our roads. We have seen it circulating in them since 1984. Specifically, it was presented in the Paris Motor Show of that year and, since then, it has reached five generations or different models.

Belongs to segment B, which encompasses vehicles traditionally called utilitarian and is the best-selling car of the Spanish brand that today belongs to the german brand Volkswagen. Since 1984, drivers have acquired five million units. So that you know it a little better, we are going to tell you the history of the Seat Ibiza.

Seat Ibiza I, the origin of everything

Seat Ibiza I

Rear part of the first Seat Ibiza

Curiously, the first Ibiza took as its platform the seat round, that is, a C segment vehicle. Therefore, it was a fairly large car compared to those in its range. This was an advantage in terms of interior space, but also a drawback, since it weighed more and this caused greater fuel consumption.

It came to replace the fura, a utility vehicle that, in turn, was inspired by the legendary 127. Its designer was Italian Giorgetto Giugiaro, whose works also include other very popular cars such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia GT or the Renault 19. He created a compact three- and five-door car with straight and elegant lines.

To create the Ibiza, he took advantage of an old design that he had developed for the Volkswagen Golf and that was rejected by the German brand. This lowered the costs of the first, which helped Seat, which was then in a severe crisis. Likewise, the bodywork was carried out by the German company Karmann and the engines came from Porsche.

As for the latter, there were three. Two were fueled by gasoline and had, respectively, 1200 cubic centimeters and 63 horsepower y 1500 and 85 horses. In addition, the offer was completed with a diesel 1700 and 55 horses. All these features were optimized with a good price, which made it sell very well and alleviated Seat's crisis.

Subsequently, it had two updates. The first was made in 1988 and was very superficial on the outside, although more engines were added such as the economical 903 cubic centimeters and 44 horses. On the other hand, the second, presented in 1991, was more profound aesthetically, giving rise to the so-called Ibiza New Style.

The Ibiza II, a complete makeover

Seat Ibiza II

The Seat Ibiza II parked on the street

Already in 1993, Seat decided give a radical turn to the design of the Ibiza. So much so that the platform was even changed, for which the one from the Volkswagen Polo III. You must keep in mind that, in the mid-eighties, the Spanish company passed into the hands of the German automobile group.

On the other hand, the Ibiza II meant a real innovation in the automobile market. It was the first time that a B segment model was marketed with engines and equipment more typical of the C. As for the first, it was equipped with up to 2.0 liters, 16 valves and 130 horsepower in gasoline and 1900 cubic centimeters and 75 horses in the turbodiesel version. Likewise, with respect to the second, versions with power steering and air conditioning were created.

Furthermore, based on the Seat Ibiza II, a new car model was created. It was him Seat Cordoba, which, in reality, was nothing other than the same vehicle with a physical trunk. That is, it was shaped like a small saloon. A family version was even manufactured under the name Cordoba Vario and, for commercial activities, the van called INCA.

Finally, the Ibiza II underwent two restylings and, in 1999, more profound changes were made that affected both its exterior appearance and its finishes. As for the latter, a sports version called Cupra R, a name that would be destined to become popular in the future. In fact, currently, this is the name that encompasses many current Seat vehicles and we will talk to you about it later.

The Seat Ibiza III, some continuity

Seat Ibiza III

The Ibiza III presented some continuity with the previous model

We could tell you that the last reform of the Ibiza II was a transition to the third generation of the model, which arrived in 2002. However, for this new vehicle the same platform of the Volkswagen Polo (in this case, the IV) and the Skoda Fabia I. However, the lines were similar, although the front and rear were modernized with a somewhat more sporty style.

The person responsible for the changes was the Italian Walter de Silva, who also took care of the versions Cupra y FR, precisely, with sports lines. At the same time, the derivatives were reduced to just one: the Cordoba sedan. It would be the last time that the Ibiza had a saloon-type variant.

On the other hand, the Seat Ibiza III was another great success for the brand. In 2007, more than a million copies had already been sold. To a large extent, this was due to the fact that it incorporated excellent engines y Finishes superior to other models in its segment. Finally, as in previous cases, in 2006 the vehicle underwent a small restyling.

Ibiza IV, the hand of Luc Donckerwolke

Seat Ibiza IV

The Seat Ibiza IV was almost a new vehicle

In 2008, those responsible for Seat decided to give another profound change to the Ibiza. To do this, they had the help of the Belgian designer Luc donckerwolke, which came from Lamborghini. The new model was presented at Geneva Motor Show of that year with the name of Bocanegra Concept.

Donckerwolke created an arrow-type design very different from those that the Ibiza had had until then and from more sporty lines. Likewise, the platform was changed: the one named as PQ25 intended for segment B of large minis. Later they would also incorporate it Polo and the Audi A1.

Like the previous designs, it had three- and five-door bodies, although, as we told you, no longer the Córdoba sedan. Instead, a family variant was manufactured under the name Ibiza ST. Engines and finishes were also improved, while advances in safety and comfort were introduced. As for its limited editions, it is worth highlighting those marketed to celebrate the twenty-fifth and thirtieth anniversary of the model.

Finally, in the Barcelona Motor Show In 2015, a small restyling of the Ibiza was presented that included new wheels and advances in connectivity. At the same time, it was equipped with new engines already adapted to the Euro 6 standard.

Ibiza V, the latest model, for now

Seat Ibiza V

The Seat Ibiza V, whose exterior appearance almost does not change compared to the fourth

The fifth generation of the Seat Ibiza was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017. Although at first glance it may appear similar to the previous one, the changes were profound. Even the platform was changed, which would become the so-called MQB A0. Again, it was the first model it was used for, but it would later be used for the Polo, Ateca, Audi A1 or Skoda Scala and Fabia.

It was also given a more compact appearance, since the Ibiza V is a little shorter and a little wider. As for his style, he shares lines with his older brother. León and also with his platform comrade Ateca. Curiously, it is only available in a five-door body, although it also has an SUV version called Arona.

In addition, it has four finishes: Reference, Style, Excellence and FR. On the contrary, it no longer has a Cupra version, but this name was reserved for a future model. In fact, as we told you, Cupra is already an independent brand from Seat. Based on this version of Ibiza, the Cupra Ibiza Concept, which he intended to be a different car. However, already in 2019, Luca de Meo, head of Seat, reported that this project was cancelled. The reasons he gave were that the market had changed and that there was now no commercial space for this type of vehicle.

In any case, the Seat Ibiza V is an excellent car that has passed all EuroNCAP tests with the maximum rating of five stars. As you know, it receives this name from its English acronym. European New Car Assessment Program.

Seat Ibiza V rear

Rear view of the Seat Ibiza V

In this car safety validation system supported by several governments of the Old Continent. Evaluates the passive safety of vehicles through crash and mechanical tests. As for the latter, for example, they focus on stability control and the speed limiter. But it also reviews the protection of pedestrians in accidents.

In addition to obtaining the best rating in this test, the Ibiza V is a car that has the main mechanical and comfort advances. It also has the most modern technological tools and is really beautiful. In fact, he won the award for the best car of the year in Spain in 2018 and came second in the same competition at the European level.

In conclusion, the Seat Ibiza He has turned no less than forty years. As you have seen, there have been five generations of this already legendary Seat model which, as happens with other cars, is an example of the advances that have occurred in the automobile sector over this time. For all this, it will be part of the automotive history. Dare to drive it.

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