Used SEAT Ibiza (Mk4, 2008-2017) - What should you look out for?

SEAT strived to improve quality for the fourth generation Ibiza, but there are still a number of things to keep a wary eye out for

Overall, the SEAT is a dependable small car, but it can’t match models such as the similar era VW Polo for build quality, or cars such as the Hyundai i20 for reliability. The later, post 2012 cars are more robustly built than the earlier machines, with high quality materials on the inside.

Common used SEAT Ibiza Mk4 problems 


Air-conditioning systems can be temperamental, so listen for hissing and see if the system produces cold air, as repairs can be costly.


The electric windows are known for being unreliable, with motors shorting out leading to the mechanism going up or down of its own accord – or refusing to move.


Creaks, squeaks and rattles are far from unusual in the Ibiza, and the same goes for jammed cup-holders. These can be replaced easily without visiting a garage.

Rear washer

The rear windscreen washer mechanism occasionally stops working, often because the pipe that feeds it has come adrift, filling the boot with water.


Some of the interior plastics are disappointing (things improved with the 2012 facelift), but the dash design is smart and the seats are comfortable, although rear seat space is tight. The five-door Ibiza’s boot can accommodate 292-litres; the SC cuts this to 284, or 847-litres with the rear seats folded.


There have been two recalls for the Ibiza Mk4. The first was issued in June 2012 affecting cars built between April 2010 and November 2011. There was a problem with the latch mechanism, which could prevent the bonnet from closing properly and lead to it flying open.

The most recent recall was in December 2014 for 1.2-litre diesel Ibizas made from May 2010 to October 2014. These could suffer from the fuel filter cracking and leaks. There was no danger of the vehicle catching fire, though.

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