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16 Jul 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on SEAT Altea FR | evo Car Reviews | Car Reviews | evo

It’s a turbodiesel mini-MPV a sporting edge


Here we are again, back in the of cars you never realised was a need for. This it’s the turbodiesel sporting

Can there really be a market for things? SEAT clearly so, which is why it has just launched the FR. The FR stands for Formula Racing, in you were wondering, a sub-brand slots into the SEAT beneath the more extreme badge.

While you may not be very of the Altea on the UK scene, it’s a big enough player across for SEAT to have entrusted it the company’s most powerful engine to date, a 2-litre 168bhp. Derived from the unit used in the 2.0 TDI Altea and across the VW Group, it gains its advantage from new intake and systems, revised mapping and turbo internals. There be a petrol version of the FR along in the year, but for now SEAT wants to the world of its sporting credentials to the of compression ignition clatter, that for most of the people, of the time, boosted diesels are a blend of economy,

low CO2 emissions and real-world performance.

Unlike some diesels, the is unable to disguise the fact its fuel/air mixture isn’t via a spark plug. It’s when cold and discernibly on the move. Unsurprisingly, it goes a diesel too, in that it gently into a wall of at 5000rpm, just when like the revs to keep

Yet here it’s a frustration than an annoyance, as the engine’s as you like and pulls bullishly 2200rpm. In fact, so strong is its tug on wet roads you need to apply the with some discretion if not to incite instant understeer and the of the ESP stability system. Even on dry this can be an issue if the revs are low – peak torque is a 258lb ft and it arrives at 1800rpm, so bend-taking, not to mention overtaking, the application of mind as well as foot.

As with so many performance the low-revving (although not slow-revving) FR piles on speed in such a manner that the speedo surprises. Its cross-country pace is abetted by a chassis with damping control that the FR dismissive of crumbly surfaces and it with superb body It’s an impressive achievement that the front springs are 15 per stiffer, both anti-roll thicker, and the ride height 7mm than the standard Altea.

Although electrically assisted, the boasts reasonable feel and and also has a feature I didn’t I’d experienced until I the press pack. Driver Recommendation, working in conjunction the ESP, reacts to an oversteer by applying a dab of opposite lock, to encourage the driver to continue the

Space galore and H rear that slide backwards and to alter the passenger-to-luggage-accommodation ratio as the Altea’s MPV credentials; big-bolstered buckets, thick, leather-wrapped wheel and a gearknob marked six forward ratios add the sporting The cabin ambience is let down a by the mish-mash of plastics used for the and door trims, but the biggest of complaint is the thickness of the A-pillars. not only have a serious on your ability to see other at junctions and on roundabouts, but can also the apex and extent of corners, your confidence to … roads.

Overall the Altea FR is a pleasant, car that’s quick and commodious and has looks, plenty of kit and keen amongst its list of attractions. difficult to imagine who’d a conscious decision to buy one, The family man probably doesn’t all that poke, the sporting is unlikely to need all that

As an example of what SEAT can from unlikely ingredients, the FR has merit, but I suspect few car buyers (in at least), will view as sufficient reason to write out a

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