SEAT Altea | Auto Express

14 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on SEAT Altea | Auto Express


The Altea XL handles drives nicely and is practical. But it SEAT’s range even to fathom, offering all that the Altea does but with a boot. We reckon this is a too far; the firm would been better off getting its stand-alone seven-seat compact carrier to the market sooner, to the likes of the Vauxhall Zafira.

pie isn’t a dish car manufacturers admit to feasting on. However, at SEAT have quite put their egos to one side and that they made a with the current Altea.

Reacting to public demand and giving customers what want, the company is resigned to the that it has lost out on sales of the hatchback because buyers there simply wasn’t storage space. Its answer is the Altea XL.

The newcomer is 18.7cm than its stablemate, and the extra has been added at the back to a more estate-like model. As a the boot space has gone up 409 litres in the Altea to 532 litres in the XL.

The model’s other trick is the rear bench seat; it back an extra 2cm – allowing legroom for passengers – or moves an additional 14cm. That it right up against the front and boosts the overall load to 635 litres. SEAT claims better than any other in the class.

For passengers in the back, the XL is spacious, but the increase in legroom is so that most people notice it. Pulling the seats does create a huge area, yet the system would be far if the backs folded flat than leaving an unsightly and lip.

At the model’s launch next a 101bhp 1.6-litre petrol will be available, along 104bhp 1.9-litre and 138bhp 2.0 TDI As these last two variants undoubtedly be the top-sellers in the UK market, we the keys to the latter.

Already in the standard Altea, the 2.0-litre is a proven performer, and is not noticeably by the additional weight it’s in the XL. The 320Nm of torque is plenty to good progress. On our car, it was to the VW Group DSG sequential transmission, drivers the choice of either automatic or lightning-quick manual-shift

The XL delivers a refined ride and plus sharp, accurate A quick spin in the 1.6-litre model showed it has similar dynamics, but the engine feels and struggles up hills. More will arrive later in the including a 168bhp version of the diesel.

Standard equipment across the XL range includes air-conditioning, an CD stereo, electric front six airbags and remote central Every variant also roof rails, cruise and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

will be three trim the basic Reference, the Stylance and the Sport Up. SEAT has also a deal with sat-nav TomTom, so all but entry-level variants get a docking unit and portable built into the dashboard. have yet to be confirmed, but are likely to from £12,995 for the 1.6-litre

The 1.9 TDI will weigh in at around with the 2.0-litre TDI costing That makes the XL about more than the equivalent Altea. For all buyers, this be money well spent – but they really be asked to pay for practicality?

It’s something should have come as from the start.

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