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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.
  • 1.9 TDI Stylance 5dr

    Stephen Broome , shropshire . Date: 06/10/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    I've had my Altea for just over two years from new. Generally a good car, but does have a few annoying traits. On the down side, the boot is too small for a family of four, especially on holidays, the rear windows are too high for small children to see out of, and the dash is a bit squeaky at times. We also have problems with the car starting if there is less than a quarter of a tank of fuel in the car due to our drive being on a slope. Its not exactly the North face of the Eiger, and have had the AA out more than once. On the plus side, it drives well,(more fun than our previous Touran), looks better than other MPVs, feels solid, and the interior is immune to the kids. I would recommend this car to anyone, but go for the XL if you have more than one child, or get a Touran.

  • 1.9 TDI Stylance 5dr

    George Brand , Lanarkshire . Date: 10/08/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Bought this car new in 2004 after trading in a Seat Toledo Saloon. Terrific car to drive and holds the road brilliantly. Great value for money as much of what you get is an optional extra on most cars. Done 41,000 miles and getting approx 45 mpg. Only one problem - the boot on it is not big enough for me. SEAT dealer W. Livingstone in Uddingston are great to deal with and can't do enough for you (family firm may help explain this). Have agreed trade-in for Altea XL 1.9TDi Stylance as it has bigger boot.

  • XL 2.0 TDI 140 Stylance 5dr

    Keith Irwin , Berkshire . Date: 21/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      42.5

    My car

    I purchased this car in Jan 2008 with 6000 miles covered. Now in July have just topped 16000.

    Good points Carries people and stuff really well. Plenty of space for four and room for a fifth if not too large. Kit list is extensive and there is really very little I would add, money no object. The front seats are probably the best I have ever had and a 800 mile round trip to Scotland was carried out with no aches or pains. Can't comment on the rears except my kids seem happy and prefer them to my wife's Picasso. It's also powerful and shrugs off hills.

    Bad Points Dashboard seems to be infected by a plague of rattles. Dealer DMC in Datchet has tried but so far failed to quell all the little blighters. Still with a 10000 mile service interval we will soon be back for another go! Fuel consumption has settled at about 40/43 mpg well below what I would expect having had a Mondeo which averaged 48mpg under the same circuumstances. Also the speedo over reads by approx 10% (Compared to a sat nav!) which means you always feel you are travelling faster than you are but also may mean fuel consumption is actually even worse. Do not choose a sport pack version. Road noise is overwhelming on UK motorways. Front suspension creaks when cold at start of the day. But never when warm once you have reached the dealer. This may be hard to fix!

    Only one other problem I would get rid of it (due to rattles and noise) but can't think of anything else that so exactly fits my needs!

  • 1.9 TDI Reference 5dr

    Ian McFarlane Date: 16/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    I've owned this car for 2 1/2 years and 70,000 and quite simply, i've never owned a more comfortable car. Can spend 10 hours at a time in the car and still arrive fresh. I've had a few problems, like new gearbox, clutch and flywheel at 45,000 miles. I've been told by my excellent mechanic (with 25 years VW experience) that this is a very common problem on all TDI's with the VW Golf Mark V platform. Service intervals at 10,000 miles are a real pain also, but overall it's been a great car and i'm going to be sad to see it go.

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