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Being in our early twenties and having our first child we found that we out grown our beloved MINI Cooper. Being the young and style conscious parents that we were we wanted something that matched the quirkiness of the MINI but had more space for us.
This is when we saw an advert for the Seat Altea, we really liked the look of the car but we had concerns that it wasn't going to be big enough to last us for the coming years. Sure it had 5 doors but as we had found out child comes with a lot of additional accessories (pushchair, changing bag etc…).
After looking at a variety of cars, Ford Fusion, Golf Plus and the Renault Megan we booked a test drive in the 1.6 Seat Altea Reference (base model). Our first impression on driving the car were great; it felt big to drive, but not so big that you were conscious of the size. The steering was precise and the throttle was responsive although the 1.6 felt underpowered. Our concerns about the size were mute, we likened the Altea to a tardiest. the outside was deceptive of the size of the inside, couple with the 30+ storage holes.
We really liked the Altea and we thought over the decision to buy one, No other car we looked at gave us the same feeling we had towards the Altea. We were sold, our only quam was with the 1.6 engine, it was too small underpowered for the car. We decided to order the 2.0 FSI Sport after a test drive and finding it was much more comfortable to drive and you didn't need to thrash it to get it to move,
1 year and 11,000 miles later we still have the car and we are still impressed by it. We have had a few niggles such as the dipped headlight bulb blowing, EMT (Exhaust emission) dashboard light came on which was due to a faulty sensor. The car had its first service at 10,000 miles and whilst expensive (£160) they did a through job and the car passed with flying colours.
The car is great at both cruising on the motorway (thanks to the 6th gear, mpg average 32-33mpg on the motorways) to being a doodle to drive round town (the parking sensors help loads when you come from a small hatchback). We really couldn't ask for a better. If you are in the market for this type of car, you really can't go wrong with the Altea. It may not be as cheap as some of its rivals, but what for what it costs you certainly get your moneys worth.