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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 170 FR 5dr

    Michelle Paul , Herts . Date: 11/07/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Had this car from new, July 2007 and not had any problems with it. Ride feels solid and there's loads of mid-range power so great for overtaking and motorway driving. Didn't find the visibility an issue at all. First Seat service was very reasonable at £155. Cabin feels well put together and the steering wheel controls are easy to use. Averaging about 45mpg at the mo after 12,000 miles. Only letting go of it now due to lease car.

  • XL 2.0 TDI 140 Stylance 5dr

    lindsay carter , yorkshire . Date: 02/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    I bought this new car in may 2008 from Nidd vale seat in Harrogate. Managed to negotiate £2000 off the new price (if you don`t ask you don`t get)and i must say this is a far better car than the Golf )20l fsi) I traded in. Great build quality a huge boot smooth powerful engine (if a little noisy on start up)nice upright seating position and 46 mpg what more could you ask for. Standard Stylance spec includes cruise control,dual zone climate control,rear parking sensor,auto headlights and wipers. loads of storage space in the cabin with nice under seat bins to keep things away from prying eyes. On the road the engine pulls well with a good turn of speed for overtaking ,engine and road noise is well suppressed. And last the one thing i dont like the centre arm rest is to low to use,Seat make a aftermarket one but this is £90 but should be fitted as standard. All in all though a very good car which i would recommend anyone thinking of a new car to test drive.

  • 2.0 TDI 140 Stylance 5dr

    walter nelson Date: 23/06/2008
    • 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 this car in February 2008 from a local Seat dealer. Originally, it was one of their demos. The balance of the full Seat warranty came with the vehicle. My previous car was a 1.6 Grand Scenic.

    I can't really fault the car to date, although the ignition key took some getting used to. Fuel economy is a lot better than the Renault, and acceleration is fabulous when needed.

    I recommend the Altea XL to anyone that needs a reliable family car. Forget about the thick A-pillars that house the wipers obscuring your view - you adapt your driving.The critics have to write something to keep their jobs.

  • 1.6 Reference Sport 5dr

    David Burns Date: 11/06/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Just about to trade in my wifes 06 (56) plate only 10k miles 1.6 Reference Sport, bought new with £1,500 off list price - we had high hopes for this car after having owned two Ibiza`s old and current model both from new without major issue. Good points with the Altea are good looks, well equiped, plenty of interior space and good handling, not finding sports suspension particularly hard. However now the bad points, under no circumstances purchase the 1.6 petrol engine woefully inadequate in both performance and dire fuel ecconomy. From day one the complex rear seat subframe has rattled, along with the drivers door and various places behind the dash. Part of the heating system located behind the glovebox also emmitts a clicking sound when operating, and we have also been plagued with intermittent poor running when starting fron cold.

    Hard finish interior plastics are easily marked and the paint on our silver metallic example is rather blotchy in certain lights. In all a dissppointment hence it has to go early usually we change vehicles at 3 years. This could be such a good car with better build and higher quality interior. Finally Seat Dealers and in fact Seat UK - useless. If you must buy get a diesel and I am sure if you get a good one it will serve well - I will stick to Audi and the Altea is to be replaced with a VW.

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