SEAT Altea FR Review

SEAT Altea FR
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SEAT Altea Review

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We first drove the SEAT Altea when it was launched back in 2004 and have driven several variations since.

We first drove the SEAT Altea when it was launched back in 2004 and have driven several variations since. Our last in-depth SEAT Altea Review was in 2005, when we drove an Altea 1.9 TDI PD Stylance. We have now elected to drive SEAT’s range topping Altea FR with a 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS diesel engine priced at £17,795 OTR.

The Formula Racing (FR) range is SEAT’s label for their sports range of cars, which encompasses the Ibiza, Altea and Leon Models, with a mixture of petrol and diesel engines. SEAT doesn’t call the Altea an MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle), they would rather use the sexy moniker of MSV (Multi Sports Vehicle) but in essence it is a tall family hatchback, albeit with a bit of a sport flare.

How It Drove - Performance

You have a choice of two engines with the Altea FR Series, either a petrol 2.0-litre T FSI 200 PS powerplant or the diesel 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS engine. SEAT’s Leon FR range also shares the same engines, although they are a little more potent than the Altea.

The 2.0 litre TDI engine feels quicker on the road than the paper figure of 0 - 62 mph in 8.6 seconds (top speed 130 mph), especially with the deliverance of so much torque low down in the rev band. This can lead to interesting overtaking as you can find yourself having to change up whilst you are at your the most exposed.

You do have to watch the delivery of the power as with an enthusiastic right foot you will be spinning the wheels in both first and second as you accelerate away. TCS (Traction Control) is standard on all FR models and this regularly flickers on and off as you become acquainted with the Altea FR’s performance.

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SEAT Altea Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Altea TDI FR
  
Body TypeMPV
ColourLuna Grey Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.6 Seconds
Top Speed 130 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban35.3 mpg
Extra Urban54.3 mpg
Combined45.6 mpg
  
Insurance Group11
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-Year/60,000 Mile Warranty
Price (when tested on the 21/04/07)£17,795 OTR

The information contained within this SEAT Altea review may have changed since publication on the 21 April 2007. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local SEAT dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2018