Inside, things take on a rarefied air. With its high roofline, the new Altea XL offers more front headroom than any medium sized estate cars. For legroom in the back, again, this five-seater is out in front and the rear seats can be slid forwards by up to 160mm.
Extra kick is provided by turbocharged direct injection technology, found in the six-speed 1.4 TSI 125PS model. The 1.9 TDI 105PS engine is available with a 6-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) which can change gear in a fraction of a second or for the ultimate in sporty performance and cutting edge common rail technology there's the 2.0 TDI CR 170 PS.
Technology-wise, the New Altea XL comes with just about everything you could wish for. Except maybe an anti tantrum device.
Equipment available includes light sensors, rain sensors and parking sensors. Headlights that can see around bends, and foglights that can help see around corners. Cruise control and dual zone climate control, give us some more time on the anti tantrum device.
In designing the new Altea XL range we've made every effort to anticipate your needs. So when dusk starts to fall, you won't have to turn on the headlights - they'll come on automatically*. When the first drops of rain hit the windscreen, the wipers know it's time to go to work. When parking, you'll have the option of front and rear parking sensors, which emit an audible guide to help you judge parking distances.
If you have the SEAT Media System you'll even have the option of an Optical Parking System, which gives you visual reference on the SEAT Media system display.
The new, multi-function steering wheel includes integrated (and upgraded) Bluetooth, which incorporates a handy phonebook function. The instrument cluster (with fancy new white graphics) is also new.
As is the navigation system, complete with SD card slot and 5" touch sensitive colour screen, as well as the dynamic route guidance from the in built SAT NAV.
Yeah, things can get messy from time to time, but we've tried to give you a fighting chance against outright chaos breaking out. In addition to the storage areas in the front and rear centre consoles there are storage compartments under the front seats. And pouches on the driver and passenger backrests. In the boot, we thought adjustable webbing, fixing hooks and a two-tier floor might help too.
Add the fold down trays and optional 7" TFT rear screen that you can link MP4 or DVD players to keep the kids entertained.