SEAT Altea FR Road Test

SEAT Altea FR
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SEAT Altea Review

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The SEAT Altea FR is equipped with an integral single slot MP3 compatible CD player/ radio with AUX-in connection for radio, eight speakers and steering wheel controls.

Infotainment

The SEAT Altea FR is equipped with an integral single slot MP3 compatible CD player/ radio with AUX-in connection for radio, eight speakers and steering wheel controls. This system was very easy to operate on the move and the sound quality was very good.

Watch out for the cost of the Satellite Navigation option, a whopping £1595 and you cannot play back a CD whilst it is in operation - not too clever.

Rivals
  • Ford Focus C-MAX
  • Renault Scenic
  • Vauxhall Zafira VXR
  • Volkswagen Touran
What We Liked
  • Exterior / interior styling
  • Performance & handling
  • Innovative boot layout
  • Interior storage solutions
  • Fuel economy for a hot hatch
What We Disliked
  • Low down reversing light
What We'd Like To See
  • Bi-Xenon Headlights as standard (not currently available even as an option)
Build Quality

Being part of the Volkswagen Group brings dividends to SEAT's build quality and everything seems well put together and of the quality you would expect of a car of this class / price bracket.

Value For Money

At £17,795 the SEAT Altea FR is competitively priced, you can buy bigger MPV's such as the Mazda5 or the Ford S-MAX but non-so performance led. Y ou get a reasonable amount of equipment as standard including ESP. We would like to see Bi-Xenon headlights as standard (currently an optional extra) but I guess you cannot have everything.

Conclusion

WIth the Altea FR SEAT have created a new sector in the market which is aimed at the young style conscious family buyer but it would suit anyone looking for a practical 5-door hatchback with a high seating position who appreciates beautiful styling and offers a fine balance between economy and performance.

21 April 2007 Melanie Carter
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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

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