As on the new SEAT León, the arrival of common rail Diesel technology, the addition of the 211 hp 2.0 TSI petrol engine (on the freetrack) and the introduction of the seven-speed DSG gearbox on the 1.8 TSI are the main mechanical features found on the range. But the model line-up is very broad, and customers can choose among five petrol and four Diesel engines, all of which have undergone considerable modifications to provide better performance and fuel consumption figures, and lower emission levels.
The Diesel range is now equipped with common rail technology. This is based on the Volkswagen Group’s 2.0 litre, four cylinder engine that delivers 170 hp (125 kW). It features piezo-electric injectors for more precise injection, and the common rail system gives greater flexibility. The result is greater fuel economy and fewer emissions, less vibration and reduced noise levels, all with the same performance figures. Maximum torque is 350 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, average fuel consumption is 5.6 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions of 146 g/km. This engine choice is available with all three trim levels – Altea, Altea XL and Altea freetrack 4WD.
The next engine is the 140 hp (103 kW) 2.0 TDI, with a maximum torque of 320 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. It consumes an average of 5.8 l/100 km with emissions of 157 g/km. It comes equipped with the six-speed manual or DSG gearbox, and is available on all three Altea models.
Other engines in the Diesel range include the 90 hp (66 kW) 1.9 TDI with a five-speed manual gearbox, the 105 hp (77 kW) 1.9 TDI with 5-speed manual or 6-speed DSG, both available on the Altea and Altea XL.
More powerful and ecological petrol engines
The 16V 1.4 entry-level petrol engine has four cylinders and 1,390 cc that develop 85 hp (63 kW), and its maximum torque is 132 Nm at 3,800 rpm. It is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and it consumes 7.3 litres on average for every 100 km, with 159 g/km of CO2. It is only available on the entry-level Altea version.
Next on the petrol engine list is the 102 hp (75 kW) 1.6, also mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. Its multi-point injection delivers a maximum torque of 148 Nm at 3,800 rpm, with an average fuel consumption figure of 7.3 l/100 km and 173 g/km of CO2 emissions. It is available on the Altea and the Altea XL.
The 125 hp (92 kW) 1.4 TSI is the first turbo-charged engine. A four-cylinder, variable geometry turbo that delivers very low fuel consumption and emission levels despite its power surge. With a torque of 200 Nm between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm, it consumes 6.4 l/100 km, with 152 g/km of CO2 emissions.
But the biggest news among the petrol engines is the arrival of a 211 hp (155 kW) 2.0 TSI FR version. It belongs to the Volkswagen Group’s new family of engines, which have undergone a cost reduction and provide better fuel economy without affecting performance. Greater power comes from changes to the engine management and turbo pressure, and a new oil pump controlled by the engine unit, while losses and engine weight have been reduced. Maximum torque is 280 Nm between 1,700 and 5,200 rpm, average fuel consumption is 8.4 l/100 km with 197 g/km of CO2 emissions. With the six-speed DSG engine this engine is only available on the Altea freetrack 4WD.
Another change is the improved 160 hp (118 kW) 1.8 TSI, which now features the seven-speed DSG gearbox. Equipped with this engine, the Altea delivers a maximum torque of 250 Nm between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm, consumes an average of 6.7 l/100 km (compared to 7.1 l with the manual gearbox), with 157 g/km of CO2 emissions, compared to 165 g/km of the manual version. Both fully comply with strict EU5 emissions legislation.
Modifications made to the 160 hp 1.8 TSI engine have reduced fuel consumption and emissions levels considerably (0.5 l/km and 15 g/km respectively) compared to the previous Altea version equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, and 0.6 l/km and 15 g/km compared to the previous Altea XL.