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SEAT Altea Freetrack 4 review

2007 - 2009 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £19,120 - £19,660
Used prices £756 - £1,884
Road tax cost £320 - £395
Insurance group 20 - 22
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 396 - 541 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Strong on-road performance and handling, roomy cabin, good build quality, security of four-wheel drive


Only moderate off-road ability, very limited engine choice

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


SEAT’s first foray into the 4×4 market, the Freetrack 4 – is still very much in the mould of a stylish and practical, high-performance hatchback – which should be no surprise, as it’s based on the Altea. The XL version, to be precise, with its extra rear passenger and luggage space. Off-road hardware is limited to a little extra ground clearance and a four-wheel drive system that automatically sends drive to the rear wheels when the front wheels begin to slip.

Some plastic lower-body cladding is thrown in to help it look the part. However, it remains remarkably agile on the road, and extremely nimble thanks to the powerful petrol and diesel engines offered. In 2009 it was revised with subtle exterior tweaks along with a much more upmarket cabin.