The 2005 model year brings some changes to the SEAT range in time for the new "54" registration in September. There are new model derivative names, revised specifications and a special offer to "move up" on some models.
The Altea is the latest addition to the range and the first of a new generation of cars which will be instantly recognisable as SEAT by their distinctive design. The eight model Altea line up of spacious and versatile, five-seat, five-door family cars went on sale in July and is already acclaimed for its striking styling and innovative touches such as the windscreen wipers concealed in the A-pillars. It is available in three trim levels, in addition to a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines and features five- and six-speed manual, Tiptronic and DSG gearboxes. On the road prices start at £12,850 for the Altea 1.6 Reference rising to £17,600 for the Altea Sport 2.0 TDi with DSG gearbox.
The entry model is the far from basic Altea Reference. It has a choice of 1.6-litre petrol or 1.9-litre turbo diesel engines (developing 102PS and 105PS respectively) linked to a five-speed manual gearbox. Standard equipment includes six airbags, (front, side and curtain), air conditioning, ABS, TCS, electro-mechanical power steering, 6-speaker radio/CD, electric front windows, remote central locking and a driver’s seat with height and lumbar adjustment. The 1.9 TDi Reference is priced at £14,000.
Next up is the Altea Stylance which has the same engine choice as Reference but gains extra equipment. Two-zone climate control, an eight-speaker audio system with controls on the steering wheel, cruise control, 16 inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, illuminated sun visor mirrors, height and lumbar adjustable passenger seat and leather steering wheel and gear knob are all standard. The Altea 1.6 Stylance is priced at £13,900 and the 1.9 TDi Stylance at £15,050.
The top of the range Altea Sport has the choice of two completely new engines to SEAT. The petrol engine is the most powerful in the range, a 2.0-litre FSi unit linked to a six-speed manual gearbox developing 150PS. The second engine is a powerful EU4 compliant 2.0-litre TDi unit, also with six-speed manual gearbox, which develops 140PS. The equipment list gains over Stylance models are ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and EBA (Emergency brake assistance), racey five-spoke alloy wheels, sports suspension and sports seats. The 2.0 FSi costs £16,000 and the 2.0 TDi £16,700. Both Sport models have an optional gearbox choice. With the FSi a Tiptronic unit is available and with the TDi the latest DSG gearbox is an alternative.