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2008 (08) Seat Altea Xl 2.0 TDI Stylance 5dr

Aberdeen Craigshaw Road Complex

This vehicle may have been advertised at the higher price for less than 28 days, but for a minimum of 10 days.

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzerCruise control + trip computer
Digital clockElectro - mechanical power assisted steering
Outside temperature gaugeRear parking sensor
Rev counterSEAT logo boot release
Service interval indicator 

Entertainment

8 speakersRadio/CD + MP3

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBody colour bumpers with integrated moulding
Body colour door handlesBody colour electric adjustable door mirrors with park function
Chromed centre radiator grille surroundClear glass headlights with electric adjustment
Coming home headlight functionDark tinted rear glass
Electric front windows + one touch + anti-pinchElectric rear windows + one touch + anti-pinch
Front fog lightsHoneycomb front grille
Light sensorRain sensor
Rear wiperSilver roof rails
Tinted windowsTwin chromed exhaust pipes

Interior Features

12V socket in centre console and luggage areaBottle holders in front/rear doors + rear seat sides
Centre console storage faciltiesChromed bimetal air outlet regulators
Driver/front passenger seat height/lumbar adjustDual zone climate control
Flexible boot coverFolding rear seat
Forward movement function for rear seatFront seatback pockets
Front seatback tablesFront under seat storage
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIlluminated boot
IsofixLeather steering wheel and gear knob
Rear centre console + storage compartmentRear head restraints
Red instrument lighting with brightness controlSilver painted air outlets
Sunblind for rear side windowsSunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors (drivers with covered mirror + card holder)
Two tier boot floor 

Safety

ABS + TCS (with TCS deactivation)Active front headrest system
Curtain airbagsDriver seatbelt warning indicator
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsFront seatbelt load limiters
Front side airbagsHeight adjustable front seatbelts + pretensioners
Three 3 point rear seatbelts 

Security

Folding keyRemote central locking

Wheels

Space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)157HC0.033
Noise Level dB(A)73NOx0.172
Particles0.025Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1968Compression Ratio18.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)81Cylinders - Stroke (mm)95.5
Engine CodeBKDEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)47.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)58.9EC Urban (mpg)36.7

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power140
Coin DescriptionTDICoin SeriesStylance
Insurance Group 18Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0719E
Insurance Group 2EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.9Engine Power - BHP140
Engine Power - KW103Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4000Engine Torque - LBS.FT236
Engine Torque - MKG33Engine Torque - NM320
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed125

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front205/55 R16Tyre Size Rear205/55 R16
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleELDORADO
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1581Length4467
Wheelbase2578Width1768

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight2089
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1604Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)532
Max. Loading Weight620Max. Towing Weight - Braked1400
Minimum Kerbweight1469No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

SEAT Altea

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

If the idea of a mini-MPV fills you with dread fear not, for SEAT have a stylish solution. The Altea may not be the biggest or even the cleverest mini-MPV in its class but it's definitely one of the most fun to drive and makes a tempting ownership proposition. Low pricing from new tends to make bargain used buys but the word is out on the Altea and low mileage bargains are thin on the ground. Here's what to look for.

History

Launched in May 2004, the Altea was the first SEAT to adopt the styling cues of the Salsa show car. Although the Toledo and the Leon would soon follow suit, it took the public some time to get to grips with the new direction and sales were initially rather slow. Before too long, however, a favourable press and some aggressive pricing pushed the Altea into the limelight and it's now one of the Spanish company's most popular lines. At launch, there were four engines, a pair of petrols in 1.6 and 2.0-litre capacities and two turbodiesels. Buyers got to choose either the rather old fashioned 1.9-litre unit or the rather more modern 2.0-litre. In the middle of 2006, the range became a whole lot sportier with the introduction of the FR trim level. This added spoilers and bigger alloys to the Altea package but, more significantly, it also delivered a 170bhp version of the 2.0-litre TDI engine and a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 200bhp. The extended Altea XL version was announced late in 2006. At 18.7cm longer than the standard car it boosted luggage capacity from 409 to 532 litres. The DSG paddle shift gearbox was available on the sporty FR model from late 2006. The Freetrack 4x4 variant was introduced in 2.0-litre petrol TSI and 2.0 TDI 170 guise in September 2007. Revisions in mid 2009 saw the 2.0-litre turbo engine axed along with the FR trim level. The other trims were renamed S, SE and Sport while the range-topping diesel engine was replaced by another 2.0-litre 168bhp unit, this one using common-rail injection technology. The interior materials and design were improved and the front of the car got sleeker headlights with a reshaped grille and a smaller SEAT badge. The Freetrack 4x4 remained untouched.

What You Get

First shown at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show, the reaction to the Altea was so positive that SEAT's paymasters, the Audi Brand Group (Audi, SEAT and Lamborghini), threw everything into turning the car into a production reality. Just five months after its debut under the tungsten lights, it was ready to roll into dealerships. It's a significant precursor of what's to come from SEAT. The huge radiator grille with prominent 'S' logo, the almond-shaped headlamps and the 'dynamic line' that runs from the front wheel arch over the doors to the rear wheel are all styling traits that SEAT's design director, Steve Lewis, proposes to incorporate into all the marque's forthcoming models. The Altea unashamedly offers five spacious seats rather than seven cramped ones but weighs in with some innovative thinking. The side profile has the same 33:66 glass to metal ratio that features on so many sports cars and gives the Altea a far higher waisted and more dynamic look than, say, a Volkswagen Touran. Inside, there are more than thirty places to stow and stash goodies, including a supersized glove compartment, big storage bins on all four doors, drawers under the front seat and even a storage area under the boot floor. Even the parcel shelf has a storage cubby incorporated within. The two-tiered boot has a capacity of over 400 litres. The rear bench is a 60/40 split affair with a fold down armrest incorporating cupholders. As befits SEAT's position within the sportier Audi side of Volkswagen's empire, the seats are supportive and the steering is meaty, the multi-adjustable wheel making it easy to find a decent driving position. The trim and build quality, whilst maybe not the most exciting in terms of colour choices and materials, is nevertheless of a relentlessly high quality. The Altea's greatest party trick is definitely the windscreen wipers - spot them if you can. Clue: they're hidden in the A-pillars.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Tried and tested engines, the VW-standard quality auditing and an inherent feeling of solidity all bode well for the Altea's reliability. Watch out for neglected ex-hire models. The Altea is a car where the price differences between good and bad examples aren't too great, so be fussy. Look for a fully stamped up service history and reject anything that looks in any way tatty, grubby or vaguely dog-eared.

Replacement Parts

(approx based on an Altea 2.0 TDi DSG ex VAT) SEAT spares are reasonably priced, with a replacement Altea headlamp costing £111. A replacement alternator unit retails at around £185 with an exchange starter motor setting you back just under £120. Opt for a new alternator and starter motor and the prices stack up at £370 and £226 respectively, so even if the old one is a steaming basket case, you'll save by getting an exchange unit. Front brake pads are £50 with rears a tad under £30 per pair. Many parts are a little cheaper for the 1.6-litre petrol models.

On the Road

Based on the latest generation Golf chassis, the Altea serves up a set of sophisticated road manners. The multi link rear axle and McPherson struts up front offer a very good ride/handling compromise, helped in no small part by one of the best electro-mechanical steering systems we've yet come across. Turn-in is surprisingly sharp for a vehicle that's fully 1570mm high and body roll is very well controlled. The Altea isn't found wanting in terms of safety provision, being SEAT's first car to be sold in the EU with twin front, side, and head airbags as standard. Three-point anchors for all five seats, ISOFIX child seat attachments, anti lock brakes and traction control are all offered. Four engines were available from launch; two petrol and two diesel. The petrol engine line-up comprised a 102bhp 1.6-litre entry level unit and a peppier 150bhp 2.0-litre FSI unit. Diesel buyers chose between the 105bhp 1.9-litre powerplant and the 140bhp 2.0-litre turbodiesel unit. A five-speed manual gearbox was fitted as standard to all models although buyers of the two more powerful engines could opt for a six speed unit. A six-speed Tiptronic automatic was available with the 2.0-litre FSI engine and those who opted for the most powerful diesel also got the chance to use the astonishing twin-clutch DSG gearbox of Audi TT fame. The 1.6-litre petrol engine shifted the biggest numbers in the UK and with a full 1320kg to heft up Her Majesty's highway, cynics thought that this surely would be a stern test of SEAT's pre-launch promises of fun behind the wheel. It turned out to be just enough engine, getting the Altea to 60mph in 12.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 113mph. Obviously, driving as if your trousers are on fire isn't going to see anything like the 36.7mpg combined fuel consumption figure quoted by SEAT but the Altea does encourage 'spirited' progress. Tested back to back, most buyers would probably prefer the 105bhp 1.9-litre diesel which offers bags more torque and therefore superior real world performance.

Overall

With the demise of the Honda Stream, Ford's Focus C-MAX had things largely its own way as the mini-MPV that's was fun to drive. That was until SEAT's Altea was launched. From then on, keen drivers in this sector had a decent choice and if the slightly bland styling of the Ford doesn't appeal, you'll probably love this slice of auto emocion. The best buys look to be the entry level 1.6-litre petrol models and the range-topping 2.0-litre TDI Sport variants but there's really not a bad car in the Altea line up

Performance
50%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
Styling
90%
Build
80%
Value
80%
Equipment
60%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

Aberdeen Craigshaw Road Complex

Craigshaw Road, West Tullos Industrial Estate, Aberdeen, AB12 3AR

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