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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.
  • 1.9 TDI Reference Sport 5dr

    Alan Moore Date: 31/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have just purchased a brand new, metallic black Altea during Seat's Revolution Week (January 2006) and managed to scoop a whopping £2000 discount as a result (thank you, Seat).

    I'd anticipated a painful separation from my beloved 16V Polo, however the Altea gives a pretty thrilling ride and stood out a mile from the other cars I test-drove. Reviews of the Altea also seem to hold up very well against my alternative choices (VW Golf and Mercedes A-Class). Having now taken the plunge, I'm still surprised at how much bigger a bang I got for my buck.

    I have absolutely no complaints - the car has a smooth, comfy ride, a spacious cabin, six-channel stereo, alarm and a plethora of safety features. It's also nice to also see VW's very decent traction control bundled in, too. The superb VW/Audi-group build quality is evident all round and - surprise, surprise - it's a bit of a looker.

    A great buy.

  • 1.9 TDI Reference Sport 5dr

    Ian Smith Date: 26/01/2006
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've owned the 1.9TDI Reference Sport model since September last year after deciding to part company with my Pug 307 (and that is another review in its self !) and have nothing but praise for it.

    The dealer knocked a grand off, fitted mats and mud flaps and I left the show room more than happy. The ride was a little firm at first but now I never notice it. The car is spacious inside, level of equipment is good and if you pick the right colour its a bit of a head turner. All together I think we made a good choice. RIP 307

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Matthew Green Date: 06/01/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned this car since October and covered 3000 miles. I ordered the 2.0-litre diesel with DSG gearbox, normal suspension and 17-inch wheels.

    The gearbox is the smoothest auto I've ever driven, especially when accelerating. My wife has back problems but both of us found the front seats to be very comfortable (we went for leather). I've also been impressed by the handling - it's in a different league to my old PT Cruiser. It even seems quite good compared to the Fiat Barchetta I also drive.

    Economy has been 45-50mpg, depending on how much we do around town. I'm told this will improve as the engine is run in. The A-pillars aren't great, but no worse than the Picasso I tried, or the Cruiser. I found I got used to them quite quickly. The rear view isn't great either, but I didn't find it a problem to park.

    Driving the car is a calm and quiet experience around town or on the motorways. The engine noise is a little intrusive at crawling speed, but in general it is very quiet. A friend just bough the Focus C-MAX, but having been in both I'm very pleased with the Altea and wouldn't swap it. The Altea feels better quality and better to drive, but the C-MAX does have more space in the boot and better options with the back seats.

    Overall I'm very pleased - the only problems we've had are a delay in delivery and the boot being fractionally out of allignment, which meant the rear wiper didn't work at first.

  • 2.0 FSI Sport 5dr

    fred flintstone Date: 05/01/2006
    • 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

    As a former Toledo owner, I have waited for the new Leon to arrive for some time. However, having been inside one, I'm disappointed with its bland interior and small boot, although it looks nice on the outside.

    The Altea has the Leon's good looks but is just a bit bigger, and its seating position and interior are better too.

    The 2.0 FSI is new to me, as I have always had diesels before. Now, however, with the additional cost (5p per litre) at the pump and the £800 diesel premium it's not cost effective. The FSI is good on fuel (approximately 38mpg) but it has not got the mid-range pull of a diesel.

    The car is smooth up through the gears and always gives the feeling that it is willing to go if required. That is not to say that it is slow - 150bhp is more than many diesels, but it just supplies it differently.

    The ride on the Sport is firm, but the seats are very good with large bolsters. The new suspension is excellent, but the view out the front is not the best with the large A-pillars. If you can live with it, then this is a great car, and not too common either!

    What clinched the deal was 12% off list price - there's not much discount on the Leon yet.

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