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What Car? Staff
08 September 2008

Name: Keith Irwin
Drives: Seat Altea XL 2.0 TDI 140 Stylance

'I bought my car in January 2008 with 6000 miles on it.

'It carries people and stuff really well, and the kit list is extensive.

'However, the dashboard seems to be infected by a plague of rattles, and fuel consumption of about 40-43 mpg is well below what I expected.

'Road noise is overwhelming on UK motorways, and the front suspension creaks when cold at the start of the day.'