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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

    Mark Slater Date: 18/08/2005
    • 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

    I've test driven the 2.0 Sport TDi DSG. It was a great drive and I am seriously considering buying one. But I have a question for Altea owners - I found the road noise on motorways/dual carrageways to be quite pronounced.

    It sounded similar to the Cordoba I rented in Lanzarote earlier this year, and I would be interested to hear other views on this road roar impression.

    As I do quite a bit of motoway travel and need to converse on mobile hands free and listen to the radio, I am slightly concerned. Do other drivers consider this an issue?

    Other than that - wow!!

  • 1.6 Reference 5dr

    Karl Crawford Date: 22/07/2005
    • 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 paid under £10k for my pre-registered, brand-new Altea in May.

    I must disagree with John Millns. I have owned, borrowed, or hired many cars ranging in size from a Seat Arosa Sport to a Volvo 245 estate and driven many Ford, Peugot, Renault, Rover, Skoda and VW cars.

    This is the smoothest, quietest car of them all. The ride and handling are both very good; even at speed the car always feels safe and on the road.

    Sure, the rear windscreen is high and narrow, so reversing requires care, but I don't need any parking sensors to drive my car backwards. I was fully accustomed to the width and visibility within days. These encourage care and observation when going forwards. Dangerous? No way.

    The higher seating position compared with that of old cars has received only positive feedback from passengers getting in or out of the car.

    The spare wheel is a £30 option.

    The 1.6 litre petrol engine is fine, with a refined but gutsy note, while averaging 31mpg.

    The car does everything I need. I will keep it for years if it proves as reliable as my M-reg Ibiza, which covered 110,000 faultless miles before it was sold. It required only new tyres, brake pads and discs, ignition leads, a wheel bearing and a clutch along the way.

    No, I'm not easily pleased. I'm 34 and fussy.

    The CD/radio is OK but my fussy streak has lead to upgraded speakers to improve sound quality.

    This is an excellent car, especially for the price I paid.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    John Millns , Hants . Date: 18/07/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    We rented the 1.9TDI for two weeks holiday in July, with two drivers.

    One driver normally drives a Skoda Octavia and a Fiat-based village bus and the other, a Peugeot 306 HDI and a Peugeot 205 GTI. Both drivers were unanimous in their verdict that this was the worst car that they had ever driven.

    There is very dangerous blind spot either side of the windscreen, due to the excessively thick front windscreen pillars and exacerbated by the pillars being placed too far in front of the driver. This compromised safely, when negotiating roundabouts and sharp bends.

    It was very difficult to judge width, as the bodywork at the sides (below the window level) bulges out, (result, one ruined tyre after hitting a kerb). Reversing was also a pain due the rear blind spots and you had to rely on the (essential) parking sensors to warn of any problems.

    Handling did not inspire confidence, even with the expensive Michelin Energy 205/55 tyres fitted.

    The engine torque characteristics required fairly high revs to prevent stalling.

    The air conditioning is a dual zone 'climate control' system, which sounds good. Unfortunately, the two zones are left and right side, not front and back. The result was frozen feet at the front, while trying to keep rear passengers comfortable during the hot weather of the holiday.

    Ride quality in the back was poor.

    The high seating position was also a problem when climbing in and out.

    No spare wheel, not good with a duff tyre.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    jeremy henwood , West Sussex . Date: 20/05/2005
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Once the "best for you" driving position is achieved, the visibility is excellent. The DSG gearbox is a dream, and goes well with the deisel engine. The torque generated makes overtaking easy.

    Having only done less than 1000 miles, it's too soon to talk about reliability, but so far all's well.

    The radio/ cd is good and easy to set. The climatic control also is good. My only niggles are the stiffness of the seat adjustment controls. I hope they will loosen up in time.

    All round, it's an excellent car and far more enjoyable to drive than my previous Mercedes C220D.

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