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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 140 Stylance 5dr

    Angus Evans , Herts . Date: 20/02/2009
    • Overall 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
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41

    My car

    I have the special edition. The handling is very good for a MPV and comes with loads of kit, Bluetooth, leather parking sensors, 17 inch alloys.

    The servicing by Johnsons of Braintree has been extremely good.

    I'm very happy with the car and would recommend it to anyone who wanted a sporty MPV that looks good and go well

  • 1.9 TDI Stylance 5dr

    neil wilson , WARWICKSHIRE . Date: 17/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      39

    My car

    Having visited this site regarding a change of car I decided upon a new Altea, the deal was good. While some of the reader reviews rave about volkswagon quality I cannot say that I consider the quality to be on par with the rest of the group for fit and finish. My greatest disappointment with this car has been the economy or should I say lack of it. I find that easy driving within legal speed limits I struggle to get 42mpg. When driven at an indicated 10mph over the National speed limit economy has gone down to 35mpg. I just cannot understand how poor a return I am getting. My last vehicle an Audi A4 avant with roof rails and the 2.0d engine and driving at legal speed limits would give me 50-55 mpg in mixed driving and pushed hard 45mpg.I used to get 36mpg from a Skoda VRS 1.8 Turbo when driven with spirit!! Friends who have had the same engine in VW cars claim to have averaged 45-50 including the Touran!!I find the car rather bland, it just doesn't put a smile on my face.I have found no problems with the visability issue, well okay as others have said reversing in dark places can be interesting with the poor light. The engine I find starts to get 'buzzy' or noisy when cruising at an indicated 10mph above National speed limit and can sometimes leave me with a slight ringing in my ears after many motorway miles. Inside the car it feels a little like a tardis plenty of room but it does come complete with harsh plastic and a dash that rattles when cold.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Neil L Date: 20/12/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    Company Car 06 plate now done 88K. DSG gearbox is excellent, I am now spoilt for life. The engine has plenty of umph and when you really need it just stick your foot down and it flys. I thought the sports suspension may be too stiff but it has proved to be very good and stops the body roll which you could get with a high driving position. I use the Cruise control all the time, its easy to use, although I did have a problem with an intermitent fault which was evetually traced to a defective wire that was routed behind the dash. Motorway cruising is great although road noise is loud, but then are all cars like this on our motorways? Cabin is good and the front seat is the most comfortable I have ever had. Boot space is ample for a smallish car although not very wide, golf clubs don`t fit. Fuel economy is getting better as it nears 100K, driven well you can easily get 50+ driven hard down to 40 and below. Service intervals are too short at 10K for high mileage drivers. Overall I would recommend this car but treat yourself and go for the DSG.

  • 1.9 TDI Reference Sport 5dr

    Pete Flanagan , Cheshire . Date: 12/10/2008
    • 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 bought my 1.9 Reference Sport brand new from DC Cook in Oldham 12 months ago and it's just covered 10K miles.

    Some of the reasons I looked at this model were that it looks great , it's the right size, very competitively priced , it's solidly engineered and is pretty frugal for a family car.Can't understand the complaints about boot space, it's ample with the false floor removed and yes my family of four has been on holiday in it without a daft roof box. Also haven't noticed a problem with visibily other than the rear view is limited when reversing but aren't all modern family cars like that ? The 1.9 TDi engine is very torquey so has plenty of umph ,especially noticeable on overtaking and on inclines which it manages with ease, is absolutely great at motorway speed but yes is a bit rough at lower revs, especially when reversing which it does with all the finesse of a Chieftan tank. Though the car is perfectly well equiped the interior on the Reference Sport I think does feel a little cheap especially compared to my previous Focus. The dash facia is very flimsy but will be absolutely fine as long as you don't let your kids stick their feet on it. The black cloth seat and door trim does mark easily, doesn't clean easily and after only twelve months I'm not sure how great it'll look in another twelve months but that's understandable when you consider the purchase price of the car ! Overall though it's great value for money and a very enjoyable car to own and drive .

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