SEAT Altea Review

SEAT Altea 1.6 Stylance

SEAT Altea Review

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The SEAT Altea range offers a wide range of petrol and diesel engines.

The SEAT Altea range offers a wide range of petrol and diesel engines. We tested the following engines: 1.6 (102PS) petrol with 5-speed box, 1.9 TDI (105PS) and 2.0 TDI with 5-speed box (140PS) with 6-speed box. The 1.6 litre petrol engine is smooth and refined although it does require you to work through the 5-speed gearbox to keep a steady speed, the 0-62 mph sprint is respectable but not quick at 12.8 seconds. If you require more performance go for the 2.0 FSI (150PS) engine with 6-speed gearbox which shaves 3.2 seconds off the 0-62 mph time to 9.6 seconds and goes on to a top speed of 128 mph compared to 112 mph for the 1.6 version. The 2.0 FSI engine is also available with a six-speed Tiptronic gearbox.

Two diesel engines are available in the Altea model range the 1.9 TDI (105 PS) and 2.0 TDI (140PS). The 1.9 TDI was coupled to a 5-speed box and performed exceptionally well with plenty of power and was relatively quiet even at high revs. The 2.0 TDI with 6-speed gearbox although a quicker car (0-62 mph 9.9 seconds compared to the 1.9 TDI 12.3 seconds) didn't feel as good to drive as the 1.9 TDI which felt more refined and relaxed to drive. The 2.0 TDI engine is available with the optional dual-clutch, six-speed DSG gearbox.

Based on the new Golf's platform the Altea also features the Agile Chassis Concept originally developed for the high performance Leon Cupra R. Also commonly known as Dynamic Steering Response (DSR), this provides greater control and greatly enhances safety for the Altea delivering rapid steering response with surprisingly little body roll, despite its relatively high chassis and seating position.

SEAT Altea Review | Part Three
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SEAT Altea Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Altea 1.6 Stylance
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourLuvia Blue Metallic
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph12.8 Seconds
Top Speed 112 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol - Unleaded
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban26.9 mpg
Extra Urban46.3 mpg
Combined36.7 mpg
Insurance Group5E
Euro NCAP Rating5
Warranty3-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

The information contained within this SEAT Altea review may have changed since publication on the 20 June 2004. 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. © 2018