SEAT Altea XL (07 on) - Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 13 Apr 2011
4
The Altea XL is a jumbo-size version of SEAT's popular and distinctive five seat people carrier. It's almost 19cm longer than the standard car and although this doesn't sound a lot, it substantially increases space in the rear, so both passenger legroom and boot space are increased.

SEAT Altea XL (07 on)
Loads of room inside, enjoyable to drive, punchy yet frugal diesel engines, good value, Ecomotive model available
Not as flexible as some people carriers, lacks the style of the standard Altea, no seven seat option

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£20,065 - £20,935

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£2,067 - £14,407

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

The Altea XL is a jumbo-size version of SEAT's popular and distinctive five seat people carrier. It's almost 19cm longer than the standard car and although this doesn't sound a lot, it substantially increases space in the rear, so both passenger legroom and boot space are increased. Aside from that, the Altea XL is the same in every department, so that means you get a range of powerful and efficient petrol and diesel engines, generous amounts of equipment and - for a people carrier - a good drive. It was revised in 2009 with some subtle exterior tweaks and new engines. However, the biggest changes came inside where the interior was given a more upmarket feel and look. In 2010 an Ecomotive model was introduced which has impressive fuel economy and low CO2 emissions, making it very cheap to run.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4.5 out of 5

Buying new

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 Capacity for carrying loads - sea fishing rods and boxes and 8 ft lengths of timber. Excellent fuel economy with good performance has been very pleasing.  

4 out of 5

Tim Randall ,   29 May 2013    ... read more

 Loads of boot space. Can still go camping with 2 kids and not need a roof box. Backseat slides forward to make more room in the boot too (but kids knees are in the back of the front seats!).  

5 out of 5

James Onslow ,   29 Mar 2013    ... read more

 The Large boot. It is very practical as it has two levels. When loading with the pushchairs, we normally use the boot without the second floor. We also have SEAT roof rails which are a doddle to fit...  

4 out of 5

Stuart Christie ,   08 Feb 2013    ... read more

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