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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.

Seat Altea Hatchback
22 5stars

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

Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 i-Tech Ecomotive 5dr £19,345
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback XL 1.6 TDI 105 i-Tech Ecomotiv 5dr £20,065
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI 140 i-Tech 5dr £20,145
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback XL 2.0 TDI 140 i-Tech 5dr £20,865
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

Seat Altea Hatchback XL 2.0 TDI 140 SE Copa 5dr

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…

colin Walkington

4 out of 5 stars

Seat Altea Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Ecomotive SE 5dr

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…

Guy Fairbairn

4 out of 5 stars

Seat Altea Hatchback 1.9 TDI Stylance 5dr

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),…

Daniella Brandys

3 out of 5 stars

Seat Altea Hatchback 1.9 TDI Stylance 5dr

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…

Claire Gallagher

4 out of 5 stars
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