The Seat Altea made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show and starting this week it went officially on sale. For 2009 the Altea will be offered in 5 different versions divided into two body styles, nine engine choices – five petrol and four Diesel, four gearboxes (5 and 6-speed manual, and 6 and 7-speed DSG), and three trim levels – Reference, Style and Sport.
The powerful 211 hp 2.0 TSI engine steals the spotlight in the petrol engine range, while the great novelty among the Diesel choices is the arrival of common rail technology to the 170 hp 2.0 TDI engine. Furthermore, all the versions equipped with the DSG automatic sequential gearbox, now also available on the seven-speed 160 hp 1.8 TSI, feature shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The entry level features: ABS and TCS, ESP with EBA, driver and passenger airbag, side airbags, head airbag, rear Isofix anchoring points, front power one-touch anti-trap windows, remote controlled central locking, tinted glass, 15 inch steel rims, 195/65 tyres, double headlights, anti-theft roof aerial. The Reference version adds: trip computer, CD radio + MP3 + 6 speakers + Aux in, low tyre pressure warning, air conditioning, body colour door mirrors and handles, front active headrests (on the Altea XL) and rear door folding shades (also on the Altea XL). The Sport trim is being offered with: dark glass, sport seats with specific upholstery, 17” ‘Aroa’ alloy rims, 225/45 tyres and sports suspension.
Full details in the press release after the jump.