Following its world debut at the Paris Motor Show, UK prices for the new SEAT Altea XL have been announced.  Starting at just £12,995 RRP on the road, the family-oriented yet sporty Altea XL forms part of the Altea family, and will arrive in the UK in January 2007.  With the Altea XL, SEAT is looking to attract those who love the existing Altea's appearance and sporty image, but who require even more luggage capacity.

The new range will initially be offered with three engines, the 1.6 102 PS petrol, plus 1.9 TDI 105 PS and 2.0 TDI 140 PS diesels.  A short time after launch, the 2.0-litre FSI 150 PS, a new 1.8 T FSI 160 PS and the powerful 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS will also be available.

Standard equipment will be generous, reinforcing SEAT's reputation for offering great value for money and 'attainable sportiness'.  For example, all models benefit from air conditioning, an MP3 compatible CD player with Aux-In socket (for iPod or other auxiliary device connection), electric front windows, six airbags, and remote central locking.

There is a clear reason why the new model wears the 'XL' badge.  An increase in length of 18.7 cm results in not only a larger boot capacity (up from 409 to 532 litres) but also in more space and flexibility for occupants.  With the rear seats moved forwards by 14 cm, boot capacity is increased to 635 litres - more than all of its competitors.  An amazing total luggage capacity of 1,604 litres can be liberated by folding the rear seats down.

Safety is a crucial factor for the family car buyer and, as a member of the Altea range, the Altea XL achieves a full 5 stars in Euro NCAP for passenger protection and 3 stars for pedestrian protection.  This makes the Altea XL one of the safest cars on the road.

Published : 26/10/06 Author : Melanie Carter

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