Did you know that Seat is still selling the Altea? Or indeed, did you know that Seat ever sold the Altea?
It’s the Spanish brand’s compact people carrier, also available in not-so-compact XL form. It was introduced in 2004 and, well, hasn’t really changed much since.
So in a bid to attract more buyers, Seat is cramming it with kit and replacing the Copa (the only Altea available) with the I TECH.
Sounds snazzy, so what do you get for your OTR price of £19,345? Well, there’s 16-inch alloys, front parking sensors and a TFT screen in the back.
These are all on top of the Copa’s dual zone climate control, auto wipers and headlights, rear parking sensors and Seat media system (with sat-nav and Bluetooth).
Buyers get a choice of two engines – a 1.6-litre TDI Ecomotive diesel engine with 105hp (with a manual or DSG ‘box) or a manual 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 140hp.
The range starts at £19,345 for the 1.6-litre Altea I TECH, while the DSG version is £20,215. The 2.0-litre TDI costs £20,145.
For an Altea XL, the 1.6-litre diesel is £20,065 (DSG £20,935), and the 2.0-litre will cost £20,865.
When you can get a Ford C-Max for £17,350, these prices start to seem a little steep…