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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

    Richard Noake Date: 19/01/2008
    • 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 have had this car now for just over 12 months. Bought it new and I have been very pleased with it. I know what the other reviewer's mean when they mention boot space it is a little deceptive; you think it is bigger than it actually is! On my car the heating and ventilation does not seem up to the job, but as no one else has reported this maybee this is car specific. Other than that I think I would have ordered leather as the seat fabric seems to 'fix me in place like velcro'; another personal thing. It drives really well, is economical and spacious and represented good value for money - what more can you ask!

  • 1.9 TDI Stylance 5dr

    Andrew Eddowes Date: 16/01/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    For no particular reason, this has been my 4th Seat in succession, and is easily the best of the bunch. It's completed 40,000 miles with no drama and a good deal of fun. My only disappointment has been that I would have liked the 2.0 TDI, which wasnt available in this trim when I bought it, but the 1.9 cruises well and economically - it just isnt the car for the traffic lights grand prix.

    I cant understand why the car has fixed service intervals when its closely related bretheren have variable ones, which gives the perception of higher serving costs. I replaced all the tyres at 25,000 miles for Michelin ones, which reduced the amount of cabin noise significantly.

    Likes: Shape, build quality, bluetooth kit, seats and driving position are excellent, dealer (IMG Warrington), sporty handling, fun to drive, good for motorway cruise and A roads. Dislikes: Reversing light is a joke (sensors shouldn't be an option!), wind noise, visibility is a bit poor, 1.9 engine a bit rough compared to 2.0

  • XL 2.0 TDI 140 Stylance 5dr

    Jonathan Grey Date: 05/01/2008
    • 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

    My car

    My company car. 9 months old now and just hit 30K miles. No breakdowns or problems with the car so far. Car has never been back to the Seat dealer network - it is serviced by Lex at Nationwide Autocentre which does not effect the warranty.

    This car needs servicing every 10K miles which is a con as my previous Skoda (same engine etc) had the special expensive oil in it and it had variable service intervals of normally around 18-20K miles.

    Chose the car because of it's size as I did not want an estate at the time but have now come to regret that decision for 2 reasons. The seats do not fold flat when carrying a larger load but more importantly, the boot lip is very high when loading something heavy over it so it's very hard work on your back.

    Great seats and driving position even after long journeys with all the gadgets you could need. Love the privacy glass. Standard ipod connection. I find drivers door armrest very hard and gives my elbow some jip. Not the quietest of cars. A mixture of road noise through the cabin and the VW 2.0 diesel is not the quietest diesel on the market by a long way.

    I drive it like I stole it all the time and it averages 40 mpg

    I like the Seat and would recommend it over the equivalent Golf because of price but put it on a par with the Skoda Octavia.

    A final note, a colleague at work has just had a 1.8 Tdci new Mondeo estate delivered and it is in a totally different class to the Seat. Drive one and see, it is stunning!

  • XL 1.6 Reference 5dr

    Danny Walker Date: 19/12/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car was rented not long ago on a 07 plate and had less than 500 miles on it so it was brand new. The rented car was a 1.6 XL model in Grey Met.

    Well, I was stunned with the new innovative design of Seat's latest models! Far better than any common Vauxhall or Ford.

    The interior cabin was without a doubt the sportiest, yet sophisticated, cabin i came across with stunning designs, colours and gadgets.

    Although it was a huge let down on the most simplest of things: the electric window switch was that off a Lada!

    Well, it had my eye so i took it for a spin, and the fuel economy was SUPERB since it got all the way to Bristol and back on very little fuel!

    The luggage space was great, leg room and positioning of the seats was dead on perfect and comfy.

    But like all good things, they must come to an end and with this Seat it was sad to say that the handling was like air! It was so light the slight movement would turn it. I do not know about Seat's customers but I hated it and worst of all the steering wheel was half the size of a normal one!

    Wait it just got worst! This car climbs slower up a hill than a 7.5 ton!! I dropped from 70 up a hill to 20 in a matter of seconds, with cars flashing me from behind.

    My hope for Seat faded after that incident and i strongly recommend if you want to buy one that you test the power on hills whilst on your test drive and don't get trapped in by Seat's good looks.

Seat Altea Hatchback

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