Quiet and very responsive - the DSG box is excellent too and it handled very well, comparing very favourably with the Focus ESP that I used to drive.
The front seats are much better than in the Ford with plenty of lumbar and thigh support for those of us with problems in that area. Some may find that the ride may be too firm especially in the rear as these seats are supportive without much yield. However this could be good for the kids as the close body control, combined with the excellent higher seating position should prevent car sickness.
The boot is on the small side compared with some rivals but there are plenty of alternative storage places and I especially liked the split floor in the boot as this is not immediately apparent so it could be looked upon as a security feature.
There is plenty of space inside the car with lots of legroom - and six-footers will be happy in the rear too.
There are few of these on the road so it's that bit different from the competition for those that want to stand out from the crowd. Seat's attention to detail is excellent and combined with VAG group mechanicals and build quality it should prove to be a good choice in the long term.
I'm looking for a car that I'll have to live with for the next 4 years or 100,000 miles and this for me is what I would like. My 17-year-old son thought it was pretty neat too.
The Seat Altea is an excellent drive and the practicality is amazing. It is packed with equipment and running costs are not bad. It would be an excellent recommendation for a family car.
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