The Iconic SEAT Ibiza Turns 30

It's been a long but exciting road for the SEAT Ibiza. First released on 27 April 1984, this legendary Spanish model has evolved through four generations, with over four million units sold worldwide. On the thirtieth anniversary of this perenially popular vehicle, we take a look back at the history of the SEAT Ibiza.

Beginning as a collaboration between SEAT, Porsche, Karmann and the Italian designer Giugiaro, the Ibiza was based on the manufacturer's Ronda model (a small family car). Adapting the platform to a supermini format, SEAT created an instant classic, selling over 1.3 million units. Slightly larger than most superminis, it boasted plenty of interior space and an engine range capable of outputting up to 97bhp.

By the time SEAT was bought by Volkswagen Group in 1986, the Ibiza was well on its way to becoming the best-selling car in Spain. With the German giant behind it, it went from strength to strength with subsequent generations featuring improvements to handling, performance and interior design.

The latest version of the Ibiza has been in production since 2008, and features an arrow-like design that remains aesthetically relevant six years later. Things have come a long way for the car since the 1980s, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the engine compartment. With a petrol and diesel range outputting up to 141bhp, the car also features Start/Stop fuel saving technology which minimizes fuel consumption.

The Ibiza's dynamic performance, interior practicality and reliability over the years has turned it into SEAT's most successful export, and a favourite across Europe. For full details about the latest version of this amazing vehicle, visit our new cars page.