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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

    Robin Mead , Herts . Date: 13/01/2005
    • 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

    Having previously owned an MG ZT190 for three-years and finding that my annual mileage was increasing I decided the time was right to try a turbo diesel.

    Since its introduction I have always liked the looks of the Seat Altea so I test drove a 2.0 TDi Sport. I was immediately impressed with the mid-range torque and the handling was also a revealation. The Altea is quite a tall car and I did not expect it to corner in quite such a flat attitude. Visibility was not that great but overall I was very impressed.

    I purchased a new Altea in November 2004, the only extra being reversing sensors. The car is very easy to live with, averages 45mpg on mixed driving. Build quality is excellent and it is also very practical. I am looking forward to my next three-years with this car.

  • 2.0 FSI Sport 5dr

    justin brown Date: 03/01/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have had my Altea for about two weeks now and I am really impressed. This car comes loaded with just about every extra you could want as standard. The six-speed gearbox is great on motorways and when combined with the cruise control the car is very relaxing to drive. It is no slouch either - overtaking is easy, with plenty of smooth power available. The ride is firm but comfortable and there is very little body roll for such a tall car. Build quality is not up to VW standards, but the Altea has an amazing list of safety features including curtain airbags and Isofix points for baby/child seats . At the moment my Altea is drinking petrol at the rate of 30mpg. I have been told that this will improve by the time I have done 1500 miles. Do not think that this car is an MPV because it is not ! The boot is on the small side and the seating not as versatile as some other MPVs. Just think of it as a big hatchback and no more . If you are looking for a new hatchback make sure that you look at an Altea. I looked at a great deal of cars before getting mine and nothing came close based on performance, equipment and looks.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    David Blair , Leicestershire . Date: 28/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Anselm Plummer , Newport . Date: 16/10/2004
    • 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

    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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