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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0


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


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.

What owners say about this car

Capacity for carrying loads - sea fishing rods and boxes and 8 ft lengths of timber. Excellent fuel... Read owner review

Loads of boot space. Can still go camping with 2 kids and not need a roof box. Backseat slides... Read owner review

The Large boot. It is very practical as it has two levels. When loading with the pushchairs, we... Read owner review

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