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SEAT Altea Freetrack


Anti-SUV lobbying has not done to prevent manufacturers building cars with a modicum of potential . and in fact several of have come into the for the first time within the twelve months. The latest is which has joined the party the Altea Freetrack 4.

The Freetrack is in its class in that it’s on an existing model which had no SUV of its own. That model is of the standard Altea, or rather the Altea XL.

The reason for choosing the XL as the point is that it has more room – 490 litres of space with the rear in its furthest-back position (providing substantial room for passengers), 593 if you move the seat forward by the possible 14cm, and 1562 with the seat fully and providing an almost perfectly floor.

Such off-roading prowess as the possesses comes from a height increased by 40mm standard, the use of tyres which can with various kinds of and the introduction of a four-wheel drive (hence the 4 in the car’s name). is not claiming any outstanding 4×4 though; for most of the time, goes through the front only, with up to 50% being to the rear axle only traction starts to be a problem.

this corner of the SUV market is not for who enjoy inching down slopes with a reasonable of getting to the bottom in one piece. The is about as good off-road as it to be (the limiting factor in my being its tendency to struggle in mud, though it copes this far better than any road car would), and the interior makes it competitive with else in the class.

Where the Freetrack moves a ahead of the opposition is in its sportiness. may do a good job of slow, basic (the entry-level Ibiza an outstanding example), but in the UK at least the prefers to market itself as a high-performance brand, and it is certainly on that aspect with the

There are just two engine and they’re shared with the FR hot hatch which, despite criticism in these pages, is most popular product in country. Those engines are the two-litre TDI turbo diesel and the 198bhp TSI turbocharged petrol

Power outputs of this are almost unheard-of in the category. identifies the Citroen C-Crosser, CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Peugeot 4007 and Toyota as the Freetrack’s main rivals, and all the variants in that list is not one that produces anywhere to 198bhp. In that respect, the TSI stands alone, and even the TDI is by just three top-of-the-range only one of which (the T180) is also a diesel.

The are therefore pretty quick by SUV Both have a maximum of around 130mph, and the TSI manages in 7.5 seconds – that’s quicker than the yet more Mazda CX-7, which the tables slightly by beating the 30.1mpg combined fuel figure. The Freetrack TDI does in 8.7 seconds – still not slow – and has a more fuel economy rating of

As is normally the way of things, the diesel is the expensive model at £21,395 to the TSI’s £20,495, but it will be cheaper to insure since in Group 11 and the TSI is in Group 13. Whatever the situation turns out to be, though, be happy to follow the practice of FR owners and nominate the TDI as the better of the two.

My reasoning is that the is the more enjoyable car to drive. dramatically from normal with its more sporty SEAT has given both of its excellent ride quality; which would bring to the eyes of anyone sitting in a FR pass almost unnoticed the wheels of the Freetrack. The TSI, has a bouncier front end, the more carefully-damped nose of the TDI much more in control a series of crests and dips.

In TDI form, then, the Freetrack is, if not better than its rivals, at operating on level terms the best of them. Similarly, not ultimate in its class in terms of interior space or price, but good enough on both to be worth considering. And if you want along with everything there’s very little can touch it.

Apart from the both versions are pretty identical. There’s no DSG gearbox (at least not yet), so six-speed transmission is the norm. Freetracks are from regular Alteas by grey, scratch-resistant plastic and wheelarches, which to me work visually when the car’s contrasts with them as as possible – so silver yellow perhaps not so good.

Other standard equipment tinted windows, chrome pipes, cruise control, 17 wheels, dual-zone climate air-conditioning, dust and pollen heated and folding door rear parking sensors and a array of storage compartments four in the roof, the rearmost of contains a 7 screen with for a DVD player or similar electronic

If you want to go beyond the standard SEAT also offers side airbags, a Bluetooth pack, heated front metallic paint, satellite and bi-xenon headlights with an system which ensures pointing in the same direction the car is.

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