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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Both models have list prices higher than £20,000, but both are also well equipped (including a rear DVD player). However with SEAT having no off-road credentials, it would be too much to expect them to depreciate as slowly as more established 4x4s. Expect them to be worth about one third of their cost new after three years. Servicing costs should be typical of a mainstream manufacturer, and insurance groups are 11 for the diesel model and 13 for the petrol model.

There is probably no 4x4 on the market that really sits well with environmental concerns and both petrol and diesel versions of the Freetrack 4 have high performance engines. The petrol model has CO2 emissions of 223g/km, which is a little higher than most petrol compact 4x4s, but it is a powerful engine. Must customers are likely to choose the diesel model, which offers CO2 emissions of 179g/km.

This is a little higher than the best diesel compact 4x4s, but the SEAT offers strong performance from its 170bhp engine and economy is around 42mpg.

SEATs tend to perform quite well for reliability, so no major problems are expected in the first few years of ownership.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,940 - £1,940 *
Diesel 131p £1,453 - £1,453 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 TDi Diesel 179 g/km (Min) £260
2.0 TSI Petrol 223 g/km (Max) £325

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £260 - £325
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 20 - 22
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.