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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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80 reader reviews for Seat Altea Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Franek Leszkowski , LONDON . Date: 15/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Due to family commitments we had to replace our three door "hot hatches" with a single, more practicle car. A move neither my wife & I were keen on as we felt this move on to middle age motoring might spoil the fun of driving. After test driving several family cars, (and being unable to afford the ones we really liked) we reluctantly went for the Altea, mainly, because you seemed to be getting quite alot for your money.

    It didn't take us long to realise that the Altea is quite a spectacular car! Having not driven a diesel since the early 90's I was very impressed with the performance & it handles immpressively well for such a tall car. Space is very deceiving with plenty room in the cabin & great upright driving position. I don't understand where these reports of poor visiblity & blinds spots, etc, come from, we find no problem with range of vision when driving, reversing or parking.

    Its just convincing our friends that the Altea is not your typical boring "mini MPV" and that it has alot more to offer. If you need to compromise between practicality & performance I believe you can't go far wrong with an Altea.

    Major drawback though, is it came with no spare wheel, (our dealer gave us one free of charge after we got a puncture & realised the repair kit is hopeless).

  • 1.6 Reference 5dr

    fiona moore , west lothian . Date: 04/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Our car was 5 months old when we informed dealer that was October 05, we are now at June 06 (within this period of time the car has also had to be towed twice by the AA to a SEAT garage )and we have had to take our car and its problems to an APPROVED SEAT dealer in Uddingston where it has had a new alternator, twice had renewed seat belt b post covers (we have been told this is a problem on all Altea's?) and re-wiring of managment system, heat sheild has had to be secured and is now booked in for the 11th time for a possible blowing exhaust!

    this has been inconvenient,costly (£300-£400 on fueling our own and courtesy cars not to mention time of work) yet Arnold clark say they will not replace/refund or compensate because or problems have not been excessive enough! how many times warrant an excessive ammount? before we experienced any difficulties we were very impressed with the altea, but not now!

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Aaron Maher , Cheshire . Date: 02/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What a great car. For a small family it is wonderfully suited. Lots of little smart extras all over the car. Size of car is very decieving. Lots of leg room and a fare gap between driver and passenger.

    Having the DSG gearbox is a dream. Out guns most vehicles from a standstill. Just sit back and let the car do all the work for you.

    Boot size and design is very good. The foldaway boot shelf is very clever. For a deisel its very quiet and not to hard a drive being as its the sport model. Its a shame i only have this car for a short time (company car) but would deffinately purchase it privately if given the chance. It will be a shame to let it it go. Would deffinately reccomend to anybody.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    John Davison , Durham . Date: 20/05/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is my wife's new car, which we share. I think on the whole she made an excellent choice. She did consider a Focus C-Max and Toyota Verso, which were both a little more expensive.

    The Altea is a very good car, and is practical and very sporty. The engine is a peach, with masses of torque and acceleration. Through the gears it feels very quick and composed. The gearbox is precise and positive. It's still early to comment on fuel economy, but 40mpg is easily achievable.

    Build quality seems excellent so far, with no niggly rattles yet, which some of my other vehicles suffer from.

    Equipment levels are very good, all the toys are here. She opted for rear parking sensors and I insisted on the larger 17-inch wheels. Ride quality is on firm side of sporty and there can be a little tire roar.

    Only the CD/Radio player seems to spoil the package - it seems to be all or nothing on the volume side. However, it could be a set-up thing - I need to look further into it.

    Overall, I'd give four stars for the Altea. If you are looking for a mini-MPV, give it the once-over - you might be suprised!

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