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The Top Gear car review:Seat Altea/Altea XL

Overall verdict
Not so much an MPV as a big hatch. Pretty good where it counts, but there are better options out there.


Good-looking, practical, decent engines


Ride not great, plus it's getting on a bit now...


What is it?

Result of putting a Leon on the rack and making it taller. Stretch it lengthways too and you get the Altea XL. Make it chunkier and you get the now-departed Freetrack 4. Keep up. It’s a Golf SV rival which is OK, but we’re not really sure why you would buy one. Decent boot, decent engines, but just get a normal hatch, OK? And it’s starting to feel its considerable years now, too. 

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