SEAT's new Altea goes on sale in the UK from the 10th July 2004 and is the first SEAT to be wholly developed within the Audi Brand Group.
SEAT's new Altea goes on sale in the UK from the 10th July 2004 and is the first SEAT to be wholly developed within the Audi Brand Group. We were invited to the UK preview of the Altea to drive both the diesel and petrol variants.
The Altea Prototipo made its debut at last September’s Frankfurt Motor Show as a prototype and has since been named 'Best Concept Car 2003' by the Designers (Europe) organisation [ click here for more information ].
The Altea was created by Walter de'Silva who was responsible for such automotive works of art as the Alfa Romeo 147 and 156. Walter de'Silva describes the SEAT Altea as "a vehicle that combines the traits that characterise the image of all future SEAT products. It's not about evolution, but a revolution."
The 5-door Altea is available in three trim levels: Reference, Stylance and Sport, the entry-level Reference model boasts comprehensive equipment as standard which includes, ABS and TCS, twin front airbags, side and curtain airbags, air conditioning, a 6-speaker radio/CD player, powered one-touch front windows and remote central locking. Prices start at £12,850 for the 1.6 Reference and rise through the eight-model range to £17,600 for the 2.0 Sport TDI DSG. The engine line up includes 1.6 and 2.0-litre petrol engines and 1.9 and 2.0-litre diesel engines.
SEAT Altea Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||SEAT Altea 1.6 Stylance|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Colour||Luvia Blue Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||112 mph|
|Fuel Type||Petrol - Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||46.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||5|
|Warranty||3-year/60,000 mile warranty|
12-year anti-perforation rust warranty
3-year paintwork warranty against manufacturing defects
5-year SEAT Assistance roadside assistance package valid in 33 countries throughout Europe and bordering countries
|Price (when tested on the 20/06/04)||£ 13,900|