2007 Seat Altea FR 170 TDI 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Porsche chaser!


Absolutely nothing has gone wrong!

General Comments:

Fantastic car - the 170bhp diesel is a dream to drive - can't fault this car much - other than maybe interior cabin noise on motorway - not of the quality of the Exeo - (my next car finances permitting) - and tyre wear - tho that may be my driving style!

The dials are easy to read with red illumination on white. seats are comfortable - I'm 6'5" with chronic neck and back pain and I have no trouble finding a comfortable driving position.

In UK vehicle road tax is £170 and running costs are very affordable - goodish economy with average mpg of 40-45.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2009

2006 Seat Altea 2.0 from United Arab Emirates


Good sporty performance car, expensive to maintain!


Front bush went at around 20,000 kilometers.

Starter motor, air-conditioner compressor went at 35000 kilometers.

(The above were covered under warranty)

General Comments:

This is a good car if you want to have something sporty and definitely cheaper than the VW Golf - the car is more or less a mix of Audi, VW and Seat technology, and you see several parts from these three manufacturers under the hood.

The car's performance is quite good, and at the time I bought this vehicle, the features were better than compared to other rival motors. If you're looking for a better car in Dubai today, a Nissan Altima would do better when compared to the Seat Altea.

You may not want to compare these two cars since they're way too different, but my comparison is in terms of features and a similar price range.

The Altea is brilliant when it comes to quick pickups and it is sporty and fast. The tiptronic gear system is excellent, and you enjoy pushing the car as you drive in both normal (D) and sport (S) gears. The tiptronic is brilliant and intelligent. I must say using it delivers excessive power, and is better than driving the car in sports mode.

I do not warranty that the car is cheap to maintain, and I also believe the quality is excellent but the durability is something that I would caution a buyer about. Having owned Seat cars from 2001, I must say the warranty does cover several problems during the early years, but as that runs out, you'll have to deal with higher part prices and a dealer who really doesn't sit down well with me - at least.

I recommend the car if you are an enthusiast and would like to drive something for the thrill and enjoyment. If you're looking for a durable car that runs well for years, this may not be a great option.

I do say that I would buy another Seat car, but this may be my last Seat due to their overly similar designs and expensive parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th August, 2008

2004 Seat Altea Reference 1.9TDi from UK and Ireland


Sporty and Practical!


1. Flywheel went at 39000 miles.

2. Rear screen doesn't demist at 39000 miles

3. Interior light in-operational.

General Comments:

Car was purchased as a mid-way point between something sporty, with a "family-car" orientation. Ticks all the boxes for this as both sporty and practical. Engine from the Audi/Volkswagen departments so should be of good quality. I didn't go for the 2.0Tdi as insurance and costs to run were bit much.

I've had the car for 2 months now. I was disappointed initially as the quality wasn't as good as expected. Fortunately, I had a month on warranty left when I bought the car.

The reason for my disappointment? I was getting vibration through the clutch pedal and so I monitored it over a week or so and eventually it was so bad, I got SEAT to check. The diagnosis was a DMF or dual-mass flywheel replacement. After searching the web I found that this is quite common in VAG group! Fortunately, covered on warranty and therefore saved £500-700!

Performance of the car is good and I really like the "airyness" as the roof is a bit higher than a normal 5-door hatch. Lots of cubby boxes too which is very good, but not sure what to put in them all!

At the moment the economy is not as good as I expected problem getting between 40-45mpg. This is around town though!

The quality of the interior is good... nice dashboard with smart red background and Alfa Romeo looking dials - pretty smart!

Looks good in RED!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th November, 2007

5th May 2009, 15:26

As an update to the above, I am now on 55000 miles and have had a relatively small, but annoying issue. The tailgate boot would not lock down. I tried slamming it and everything, but no good. I realised that the problem lay with the locking mechanism rather than the Seat Badge/switch. This theory was based on the fact that the switch was less likely to break as it had no moving parts. The lock was £45 and I fitted myself in 5 minutes (Although you do have to pull the tailate trim off which is a bit tricky). Working fine now. Otherwise the car is still going strong and proving very practical, but the economy is not brilliant! Would still buy another one in the future.

5th Oct 2009, 15:45

At about 58000 miles the rear suspension snapped! I drove off my drive and half of it was just lying on the floor! Not a majorly expensive job, but still!!! I feel the vehicle is showing it isn't the best built. Surprising, since the vehicle is seen to be part of the VAG group. I still like the car to drive, but wonder what will break next.

2nd Feb 2014, 14:27

Update at 102,000 miles. Since the initial problems, the car has performed really well. It still drives well and returns about 45 around town and 50 MPG on a run. The 1.9 TDI still pulls well.

Only issue over the last 50000 miles is a faulty coolant temp sensor, which cost £30 I believe.

If you are looking for a family sporty and nice looking car that drives - I would look no further. Just don't go for the fancy DSG gearboxes - stick with the manual... less to go wrong!

2005 Seat Altea FSi Sport 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


Excellent all-rounder with style and performance


2 plug coils failed at around 10,000 miles; repaired under warranty.

General Comments:

Handles well, under 10 seconds to 60 (sporty enough for my son to be impressed) and not too thirsty - about 28mpg for a 2.0L auto not too bad.

Gearbox excellent - especially in sport mode with very smooth changes.

Very comfortable with superb driving position and supportive seats for both driver and passenger.

Front pillar blind spot can be a nuisance at times. You need to take care at certain junctions. Rear view very tricky - sensors are an essential option.

Lots of room in the back and excellent luggage space with a double boot arrangement to give flat floor and lots of oddment spaces.

Good equipment levels (climate, cruise, folding mirrors, trip computer etc) but oddly mirrors not heated. CD player fine and good storage for CD's.

Paint and trim seems well put together - generally very happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2006