SEAT Reduces Prices And Increases Specifications From 1 August 2002

SEAT Ibiza 1.2

SEAT has realigned its vehicle prices and specifications with effect from 1 August 2002. Right across the SEAT range prices have been reduced while specifications have improved, making all its stylish sporty models even more desirable and better value than ever.

The baby of the SEAT family, the SEAT Arosa city car, retains its exceptional £5995 entry-level price on the Arosa 1.0, but enjoys an enhanced specification with the addition of ISOFIX child seat mountings, pollen filter, height adjustable front seats and Access-plus passenger seat, two cup holders and colour coded door mirrors, which are also now standard across the range. Additionally the Arosa Tdi S also now has ABS as standard. The Arosa 1.4 16V Sport, gets a more sporty look with larger (15") alloy wheels and useful electrically heated and controlled door mirrors. All the improved specs are matched to keener pricing on S and Sport models, which with low running costs, confirm the Arosa's place as the "must have" city car. The 1.4 Arosa S now costs just £7995, the Arosa Tdi S just £8595 and the top of the range Arosa Sport, £9495.

On sale since May, SEAT's best-selling model, the new Ibiza, also benefits from improved specification. Air conditioning is now standard across the range, including the Ibiza 1.2, but with no increase in prices. Prices still start at £7995 for 3-door models and £8495 for 5-door rising to £13495 for the uniquely sporty diesel Ibiza 130 bhp Sport. All models except Sport gain three 3-point seat belts in the rear and three height adjustable headrests. In line with their look and image, Sport models keep their 2 + 1 sport seat configuration in the rear.

SEAT's other best-seller, the Leon is also offering more for less. Air conditioning is now standard on every model, including the Leon 1.4 S entry model, but at no extra cost with the range still starting at £9995. The hugely popular Leon Cupra has been given a stunning new look, inside and out. Previously something of a wolf in sheep's clothing, the Cupra's new look reflects its dynamic and sporty performance and visibly links it to its big brother, the hottest hatch available, the 210 bhp Leon Cupra R. More aggressively styled front and rear bumpers, a deeper roof spoiler, body coloured door mouldings, twin chrome exhaust with special tuned note, new style larger (17") alloy wheels, and honeycomb grille complete the exterior makeover. On the inside, the reminders of its performance pedigree are new white dials, new upholstery, and titanium and aluminium effect highlights on the console and gearknob. On a practical level, the Cupra also gains extra equipment in the form of a multi-function trip computer. This whole package comes at no extra cost, with the Leon Cupra price retained at £14995.

For those who like to match comfort and practicality with performance and style, there is good news on Toledo. With family motoring in mind the Toledo's considerable safety systems have been enhanced (along with all Leon models) to include passenger airbag deactivation at the turn of a key. The price of the newly introduced Toledo 1.9 Tdi S 110 bhp has been maintained at an incredible £12995, for an impressive spec including ABS, air con, twin front and side airbags, electric front windows and radio/CD player. However, the price of all other models in the range has come down with Toledo 1.8 20V SE now £13195, 1.9 Tdi SE now £14495 and the top of the range 2.3 litre V5 now £16695. Great news for company car drivers looking to maintain performance and specification levels but decrease tax liability.

The Alhambra, a long-time market leader in the price for spec stakes, is another SEAT model offering a great deal more for a great deal less. A whole £1000 has been shaved off the price of the 2.0-litre Alhambra S, taking it to £15995, for a spacious 7-seater with 5 of those seats removable, 3-point seat belts all round, air conditioning, electric front windows, 6-speed gearbox, twin front and side airbags, ABS, ISOFIX, immobiliser and alarm. The more powerful 150 bhp 1.8 20 V T powered Alhambra in the same specification now costs £17595, while the PD Tdi version is just £17995. Alhambra SE models, available with the 1.8 20 V T or 1.9 PD Tdi engines, gain extra equipment over the S in the form of fog lamps, climate control, cruise control, sports suspension, on board computer, heated height adjustable front seats and seat back table, and are now £19595 and £20595 respectively. The top of the range luxurious Alhambra Sport, with a 2.8 litre 204 bhp V6 engine, leather/Alcantara upholstery and 6-CD player falls to £22995.

 As well as improved pricing and specification on standard models, SEAT now offers a range of factory fitted options to allow customers to get the car they really want. Options on Ibiza include height adjustable and Access-plus seats, side airbags and ABS and MSR where they are not standard, as well as satellite navigation on SE and Sport models. Leather seats, electric sunroof and satellite navigation are available on some Leon and Toledo models, and Alhambras can be ordered with swivelling front seats, electric sunroof and satellite navigation.

All new SEAT cars are covered by a 3-year/60,000* miles warranty, 12-year anti-perforation body warranty (6 years on Alhambra), and 3 years roadside repair and recovery through SEAT Assistance.

Published : 31/07/02 Author : Melanie Carter


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