Whichever Ibiza bodystyle you choose - five-door hatch, ST estate or this sportier three-door SC, it won’t at first glance appear to have changed very much over the original versions of this MK4 model.
But then few changes were needed. The original angular ‘arrowhead’ shape was penned by stylist Luc Donckerwolke (the same guy who did the Lamborghini Gallardo supercar) and it’s matured nicely, changes here being limited to subtle differences.
If you’ve owned an original fourth generation Ibiza model before, it’ll be a bit like seeing an old friend who’s had Botox on the sly. up too much in terms of issues.
Corrosion is simply not an issue with SEATs and another reason why resale values are high. The alloy wheels on the Cupra models are very prone to kerb rash and look for crash damage and tired tyres. The fourth generation SEAT Ibiza is one of those cars that was tweaked and fettled until it really came good.
It helped that the basic design was right but this model really only got into its stride after the 2012 model update, when new engines and a smarter interior were added to the mix.
As a used buy, this refreshed MK4 model Ibiza is good value for money, as residual values haven’t stood up quite as well as its Volkswagen Polo counterpart. Ideally, we’d want one of the rare 1.4 TSI ACT engines, but if funds didn’t permit that, base 1.2-litre petrol and diesel variants make a lot of sense too.
Spanish flair on a budget? That’s about the size of it.