If greater comfort without sacrificing sporty performance was the goal on the new SEAT León, this objective was an absolute priority on the Altea and Altea XL 2009 range. Since it is one of the models geared to more family use, greater comfort was even more important, although not an ounce of agility was lost in achieving it.
The work done focused on increasing driver and passenger comfort in two aspects – changing the suspension ratings and improving the hydraulic valves, and modifying the length of the dampers. Thanks to these modifications, the Altea and Altea XL provide a more comfortable ride and maintain the excellent dynamic qualities that make them stand out compared to their rivals.
One of the reasons is that the Agile Chassis concept is also applied on the Altea and Altea XL range, even though they are more family oriented. Their exterior dimensions perfectly combine with a generous wheelbase and a front McPherson suspension system with aluminium sub-chassis and a Multi-link set-up at the rear, providing excellent dynamic performance and outstanding driving comfort.
Now with Hill Hold Control
Another electronic driving aid featured on the new SEAT Altea 2009 range is Hill Hold Control, first seen on the latest generation SEAT Ibiza. This system prevents the car from rolling forward or back on a slope when the brake pedal is released before engaging first gear, adding comfort to city driving and parking manoeuvres.
The new Altea range is equipped with all the available driving aids, such as ESP, ABS + TCS + EBA + EBV.
Improved tyres and brakes
The renewed personality of the SEAT Altea 2009 can be seen on the new rims and newly designed aerodynamically enhanced door mirrors, which follow in the footsteps of the brand’s two latest models – the Ibiza and the Exeo.
Customers can choose from several rim versions, including 15, 16, 17 and 18 inch versions. They all have an aggressively modern design, which adapts perfectly to the mid range model’s looks.