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Seat Altea Hatchback (04 - 15) review

(2004 - 2015)
Seat Altea Hatchback (04 - 15)
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1 Jan 2006 00:00 | Last updated: 13 Jun 2018 18:55

What's the used Seat Altea estate like?

The Seat Altea was called a multi-sports vehicle when it was launched, but in reality it's more of a tall hatchback with MPV aspirations.

The Altea's seats aren't removable and the seats don't fold down flat in to the floor, however there is plenty space as well as an under-floor storage area in the boot.

The Altea has a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, along with ISOFIX child seat mounting points as standard.

The standard suspension set-up gives good body control and a comfortable ride, whereas the sports suspension option gives much firmer dynamics that are made noticeably worse when combined with 17-inch alloys wheels.

Poor visibility and cabin noise are a problem for drivers; the thick pillars between the windscreen and side windows obstruct the driver's view, while the tiny rear screen makes reversing difficult. Cabin- and road noise become a source of annoyance at motorway speeds.

If you need more space than the standard car offers, the Altea XL is 18.7cm longer. This brings more practicality and improves luggage space from 409 litres to 532 litres. The rear bench can also slide backwards and forwards to favour legroom or loadspace.