New Names, Revised Specifications And Special Offers For '54' From SEAT

SEAT Altea

SEAT Altea

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.

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Published 5 August 2004 Melanie Carter

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