Despite its tall body, the Seat Altea is enjoyable to drive, and it looks sporty and stylish. It's roomy, keenly priced and well equipped.
The Altea is not as quiet and refined as some rivals, and the suspension of Sport models is too firm. Its cabin is not particularly versatile or flexible.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Seat Altea Hatchback performance
There are just two engines available: a 1.6 and a 2.0-litre diesel. The 103bhp 1.6 is adequate rather than electrifying, while the 138bhp 2.0 gives strong, smooth acceleration, even from low revs.
Seat Altea Hatchback ride & handling
Seat’s tall hatch has good handling, thanks to firm suspension that keeps body movement in check. The downside is a rather unforgiving ride, and in a car that’s designed to carry families, ride comfort is more important than handling. The longer XL version feels virtually the same as the standard Altea.
Seat Altea Hatchback refinement
We have no complaints about the engines, which are generally refined. However, road noise is far too pronounced at motorway speeds, and you can hear the wind licking at the rear edges of the front doors.