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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

    Trevor Murdoch , West Sussex . Date: 19/05/2005
    • 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

    My car has the DSG gearbox and the Bluetooth system.

    It is comfortable, quick (too new to really try yet), seems economical (this will improve), it's easy to drive, has sound road manners, and it's pretty quiet on the road.

    The front passenger door refused to open from the inside after locking, but this was quickly put right by the dealer.

    The Bluetooth system doesn't work with all phones (mine included) but I've been promised it will in September this year.

    The dealership is very helpful. I will keep you updated of progress.

  • 1.9 TDI Stylance 5dr

    David Owen Date: 18/05/2005
    • 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 wanted a five-seater (not seven) "sitty-up" car and was undecided between Altea, Focus C-Max and Scenic.

    I tried them all and eventually chose the Altea. Initial impressions after 1000 miles are good.

    The 1.9 TDI pulls very strongly, I advise the use of cruise control! It's very quiet and economical at motorway speeds, with a whisper of wind noise from driver's side window.

    I'm impressed with internal room, oddments storage and quality of build - there are no sqeaks or rattles.

    The downsides are usual with all these vehicles - I'm unable to see the front of the bonnet and unable to see low objects close to the rear when parking.

    Overall, I'm very pleased with the car and am impressed with build, internal room and comfort, performance and economy.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Nigel Eccles , Surrey . Date: 27/01/2005
    • 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

    I have owned this car for a couple of days now and it is amazing! I am used to vast amounts of space inside as my last car was a Fiat Mulipla.

    This car doesn't make you feel short changed in that department, although it is narrower. There is a huge amount of legroom on offer, front and back. Iam six foot and I can fully stretch my legs if I sit behind the driver's seat.

    The boot looks a bit cosy when you first see it, but it opens up in layers to give a very usable cargo area. Thoughtful things like nets are even provided. The seats are not removable, but do fold flat in 60/40 ratio to make the statutory trip to Ikea possible!

    The DSG auto gearbox is totally smooth and rapid. The car handles more like a hot hatch than an MPV. The ride is supple enough to be comfortable, yet firm enough to be interesting There is enough kit on board to keep any gadget monger happy for hours.

    The heating warms up pretty fast for a diesel. Build quality is first rate and the drive home from the dealers was not accompanied by the slightest rattle or creak. (That's a first!)

    The quantity of airbags gives reassurance as does traction and stability control systems. Not surprised that it got five stars in the Euro NCAP tests.

    Overall it gives the air of quality you'd expect from an Audi, goes like a GTi with effortless thrust from a very civilised diesel powerplant, and has sufficient practicality to cope with most family situations.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Ian Lloyd , Isle of Man . Date: 21/01/2005
    • 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 came to drive this car as my company had booked a hire car. I have to say my first impressions were based on looks and I couldn't make my mind up if I liked it or not, it was different from the usual 'drab' modern look car.

    I had to drive it (and my coleague) from Gatwick to High Wycombe. We are both 6ft tall, I am 15 stone - after Xmas weight, but I found the car very spacious. The seats were very supportive, firm but comfortable.

    The dash layout was good, it was dark so the dash colour was a red backlite environment which again liked. The heating had dual controles, the radio was OK but could be better I suppose. The visability was very good, it just felt like a taller Golf GTI.

    I haven't driven a turbodiesel for a while so this VW 2.0 Turbo was going to be compared to my BMW's straight 6 2.8i... it could be interesting. It was, the pick up was excellent and once on the go the mid-range power was very impressive. On the motorway I was able to pull away from every car was sitting on my tail.

    On the next day we had to go to Reading so had a feel for the around town ride, it was firm but the handling was excellent, very nippy and it weaved in and out of trafic no problems.

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