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What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For Spacious; good value; plenty of kit

Against Poor visibility; some reliability issues

Verdict Stylish and well-equipped, but not a proper MPV

Go for… 1.6TDI

Avoid… 1.6 16v

Seat Altea Hatchback
  • 1. The 1.6-litre models frequently suffer from early failures of the timing belt tensioner
  • 2. Early diesels suffered fuel pump leaks. Affected vehicles were recalled, so check this work has been done
  • 3. There's plenty of space - even an under-floor storage area in the boot
  • 4. The extra-thick front pillars make it difficult to see around corners
  • 5. The Altea doesn't have the individually removable seats of real MPVs
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