I bought the car just under 2 months ago and am extremely pleased with it. It drives well, looks fantastic and is pretty frugal on the juice front. I upgraded the stereo to the 8 speaker version with Mp3 support and steering controls a very worthwhile upgrade as it sounds very good.
My only gripe is with the cost of fitting a tow bar a SEAT original with fitting is £350!! This is extortion compared with any other tow bar fitted for a £190 or less.
The What Car issue on front visibility when exiting a junction is a fair point however doesn't detract from what is a fabulous car.
It looks brilliant, is comfortable to drive and has the admiration and envy in some cases of friends. The engine has plenty of welly for when you need making driving a pleasure
This is a very good car to drive. The engine is smooth and willing and the quality of the finish is very good. The sports seats are vey comfortable. The car is very quiet and easy to drive long distances.
A minor downside is that the fuel consumption is a bit heavy at about 28mpg overall and ideally requires premium unleaded. Overall, though, it's a very nice car.
I cannot help wondering why the car is so tall. I am average height (1.75m) yet have over 20cm of head room. Are top hats about to come back into fashion?
34k on the clock now and STILL no complaints. I still get a buzz from driving it (she's called Carmen by the way) and the only thing she has required is her regular servicing. But enough of the sentimental nonsense - this car excels at everything it is asked to do: it turns heads, it seats 4 comfortably, has a reasonable size boot, returns a very pleasing mpg and catches the eyes of the poor souls in more mundane tin cans that it leaves in it's wake. The hi-fi ain't the greatest but it ain't the poorest either and the wheel mounted controls mitigate slightly in its favour. This is the best car on the road in its segment: nothing else from Peugeot or the rest compares with it at all. Vauxhall/Opel may have the diesel engines to compete with it but they don't have the looks or the handling and the Focus is just as plain to the eye despite getting rave reviews for its styling from the motoring press. Her handling is exceptional - I had to look to ensure that there wasn't a DYSON attached to her underside bcause the roadholding (a product of the HARSH ride?) is on a par with cars which are a lot more expensive! She looks pretty in my drive but she's hot blooded on the motorway!
I was looking for a new company car and someone suggested the Seat as an alternative to the Audi A3 Sportsback that I was considering. I was keen to see how this compared to the Audi.
My first impressions were very good - it has a nice driving position, a good ride and sounds quieter than the Audi I had a drive in. The Audi had a better quality interior, though.
My only dislikes are the general colour of the interior, particularly on the Sports version (red), and the way the colour of the paintwork is seen on the inside when the doors are closed.
I looked forward to getting the DSG option and then found out that Seat do not fit the paddles to the steering column the same as Audi do. They don't fit them at all, apparently. Oh well, the six-speed gearbox was smooth enough.
Overall, it's a very nice car, which has a competetive price and whose general build quality is very good. Now I just have to choose a colour!
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