Seat Altea

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Background
There are two versions of the Seat Altea. The regular Altea is a bigger, quasi-MPV version of the (old) Leon. Then there’s the Altea XL, which is longer, taller and more practical. For more information on the Altea and Altea XL, click on our further stories on the links below.

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The regular Altea isn’t really worth bothering with. It feels thoroughly dated these days and doesn’t have anything to offer over any generic hatchback, apart from a high roof that makes it a bit easier to get in and out. The larger XL, on the other hand, has a bit more substance. The boot floor can be divided into sections and there’s enough space underneath it to store the parcel shelf and plenty of other odds and ends. The seat backs’ angle is adjustable, there’s a load-through hatch in the middle and you can slide the bench forwards in two sections to make the boot bigger. There’s also roof rails, picnic tables on the back of the front seats and a row of overhead storage cubbies. No seven-seat option, though, and the Altea range as a whole is likely to be put out to pasture soon. The XL’s an unusual MPV suspect, but one that might be worth a look if you can find any run-out model discounts.

The one we’d buy
The XL 

The one we’d avoid like the plague
The normal Altea. It’s just a high-roofed, out of date Leon 

Rivals to consider
Citroen Picasso, Ford C-Max, Kia Carens, Peugeot 3008

For
XL is at least reasonably practical

Against
A generation out of date, there are other good MPVs around

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