Released on the 20th October 2007 the SEAT Altea Freetrack 4 is billed as a crossover vehicle. Based on the SEAT Altea XL it is essentially three cars in one: it has off-road capability, the practicality and space of a large family estate, plus the handling and performance of a hot hatch.
Inspired by the Freetrack concept car shown at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, the new four-wheel drive vehicle is the work of SEAT’s Design Director Luc Donckerwolke, who joined the brand from Lamborghini in 2005.
There is a choice of two engines a 200 PS (197 bhp) TSI petrol and 170 PS (168 bhp) TDI diesel and both are equipped with 6-speed manual gearboxes. The petrol engine is the same one found in the Leon and Altea FR models and is capable of propelling the Altea Freetrack 4 from 0 to 62 mph in 7.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 133 mph. The quoted combined fuel economy figure is 30.1 mpg.
We chose to drive the diesel powered Freetrack 4, which is priced at £500 more than the petrol model. It could hardly be called slow with a 0-62 mph time of just 8.7 seconds and a top speed of 127 mph and it returns a relatively frugal combined fuel economy figure of 41.5 mpg.
Although the diesel engine is a little bit gruff it performs very well, there is a bit of lag from the turbo but it delivers a reasonable 258lb-ft of torque from quite low down at 1800 rpm. Over our test week with the SEAT Freetrack 4 we managed to return 35.4 mpg, which we did not consider too bad as that included quite a bit of town driving and crawling around country lanes, on the motorway this increased to 43.4 mpg.
On the road the Altea Freetrack 4 handles very well, even with a high ride height of 40 mm over the Altea XL. Few other MPV’s could out pace the Freetrack 4 through the bends, it can be quite a joy to drive even on demanding ‘B’ roads and even though it isn't a hot hatch it remains surprisingly composed.
This is a 12-year+ news article, from our SEAT archive, which dates back to the year 2000.
If in doubt check with your local SEAT dealer as car prices and technical data will have changed since 2008.
Although our car news is published in good faith, we cannot guarantee it to be error free or complete or up-to-date.
SEAT Altea Freetrack 4 Images may not be UK specification cars. Colours and exterior and/or interior elements may differ from actual models.
The car news and images remain the copyright of the rights holder and may not be used without their consent.