List prices are competitive, undercutting those of key rivals, and buyers should also be able to haggle for a large discount. Running costs are reasonable and there’s a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty. Many rivals cost less to run, though.
Seat Altea Hatchback quality & reliability
The Altea’s cabin is solidly built. Seat has tried to make it interesting to look at, but the hard plastics, sombre colour scheme and small glass area make the cabin feel dark and drab. The Altea’s VW-sourced mechanicals are proven and should present few problems.
Seat Altea Hatchback safety & security
All Alteas come with anti-lock brakes and stability control to keep the car in check, even in slippery corners. There are also twin front, side and curtain airbags, and Isofix child seat mounts, as well as an alarm and deadlocks fitted.