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SEAT Altea

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by Finlay (22 June 2004)

A quirk in the new Altea allows to suggest, tongue-in-cheek, that a car which may thwart the best of a traffic warden . Since the windscreen wipers, at rest, are hidden in the A pillars, the traditional for a parking ticket has gone. bet on the wardens failing to cotton on,

Previewed in several one-off cars, the Altea represents the new face of SEAT, which now its own specific niche within the brand group, alongside itself and no less a Big Brother Lamborghini. The Barcelona-based company we won’t lose sight of its economy-minded models, but it wants to be a sporty make too – some very brisk cars and the British Touring Car race programme to be taken account – and it’s the Altea as the first of a new line of Sports Vehicles.

No, I couldn’t write a one-sentence of the Altea as an MSV, either. But a very impressive piece of based on one of the new longer-wheelbase platforms are transforming this general of Volkswagen Group models.

the prominent Seat badge on the grille, and the projector headlamp several sweeping style lead the eye to the rear of the car with its hatchback tail. The styling is there, but that doesn’t because the great thing the back half of the Altea is the amount of passenger space in the cabin – headroom, kneeroom, foot room the lot. It’s a brilliant job.

There’s a fair amount of capacity too, in a luggage where the first-level floor can be to reveal a kind of basement No spare wheel, though, a puncture repair kit.

SEAT has provided plenty of places all through the cabin, in from the lift-open two-level centre armrest, the bottom of the centre console and the pull-out under the front seats, to bottle and drinks can holders, and straps to hold an umbrella in instead of it being parked it will more than fall over during cornering. According to model there’s at least one 12-volt too.

Then there’s the style of the Walter de’Silva and his design have come up with quite out of the ordinary here, as if took a fan, or a fanned-out of cards, as their inspiration.

The instruments ahead of the steering are conventional, and although their level adjusts automatically, the can over-ride that, while the is another of those handy affairs. It’s easy to get a comfortable position behind the in a front seat which plenty of support.

Switchable traction control, assist and electro-mechanical power are standard throughout the range. and rear suspension layouts are new to and so are the names of the trim levels, with Reference, moving on via the Stylance and finishing with

Although not all the powertrain options be available immediately from the on-sale date, they’ll up to quite a selection. There’s a 1.6-litre petrol engine in the at £12,850 and the Stylance at £13,900. A TDi turbo diesel is available in these models at a premium of

The major emphasis, though, is on the at prices from £16,000 to Engine possibilities here are a two-litre direct injection FSI unit and a 138bhp two-litre both on sale in the first with six-speed manual

On the road, the TDi Sport is a real with a 0-62mph time of 9.9 nifty handling and much mid-range pull than any of the engines in the range. Later, it be available, at the top price of £17,600, the twin-clutch six-speed DSG gearbox faster changes trim off most of the measured acceleration The DSG can run in fully automatic mode

For the two-litre TDi, the transmission will be a six-speed Tiptronic.

The has been through several manifestations, and the fact that it was keenly watched by industry was confirmed by the decision of the Designers organisation to nominate the Altea one stage away from status, as its members’ choice of Concept Car 2003.

Now the real-life competition is about to begin.

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