For Despite its tall body, the Seat Altea is enjoyable to drive, and it looks sporty and stylish. It's roomy, keenly priced and well equipped.
Against The Altea is not as quiet and refined as some rivals, and the suspension of Sport models is too firm. Its cabin is not particularly versatile or flexible.
What Car? says
The Seat Altea is a stylish alternative to a conventional MPV, with sporty handling and distinctive looks, but refinement and practicality should be better. Longer XL models bring welcome extra boot space.
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There are 4 Seat Altea versions available
Target Price team says:
The Seat Altea is available in two forms, the regular car and the bigger XL version. We prefer the XL, because it gives you a much bigger boot for not that much more cash.
The only petrol engine on offer it a 103bhp. 1.2 turbo. It’s not exactly quick, but it’s flexible enough to keep you going at a decent rate. The diesels will be more popular, and the 103bhp 1.6 is our favourite; it gives adequate pace and affordable buying and owning costs. The 138bhp 2.0 is pricier, but gives stronger, smoother performance.
Entry-level S models have air-conditioning, front electric windows, a CD player with an Aux-in socket, while S Copa models add alloys, Bluetooth, and climate and cruise controls. SE trim brings electric rear windows and a leather steering wheel, while SE Copa trim adds sat-nav, DAB radio and automatic lights and wipers.
Reader test team says:
ALTEA XL SE COPA 2.0 TDI CR 140 BHP, Just to add abit more to my other post as I've had the car just over 2 months now. Really surprized with the…
We ran a 1.6Tdi SE for 2 years and 60,000 miles. Overall it was a great car! The engine had just enough power, but I would suggest the 2.0Tdi if you…
Well what can I say... I have had my Altea 13 months now its a 56 plate, it has had great economy I can around 600 miles with a full tank (Diesel),…
I have had my Altea 6 months now. One day the ESP light came on and wouldnt go back off. Took it to the garage who read the code as brake pressure…