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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The driver has seat height adjustment as standard in the Freetrack 4 and the steering wheel is adjustable for reach and height. Visibility is pretty good, although the windscreen pillars (which also house the windscreen wipers when off duty) are pretty substantial and compromise visibility at junctions. Although the interior is very well designed, it doesn't feel worthy of such an expensive vehicle.

The hard plastics on the dashboard and doors have a slightly budget feel about them. Facelifted cars from mid 2009 come with a far better interior with more modern controls and an upmarket appearance.

The Freetrack 4 comes with all the interior space of the Altea XL, which means extra rear leg room over a standard SEAT Altea and five adults can sit in comfort. There is plenty of headroom and the seats are supportive. Electronic climate control is standard on the Freetrack 4, as are electric windows, however, the diesel model is a little noisy at low revs.

The ride quality is very good though - if anything it's even smoother than the Altea XL, thanks to the raised ride height and different suspension.