Seat Altea XL
The Seat Altea XL shares its siblings' innovative and evocative design, combined with the character and sporty design inherent in any Seat car. In addition, it boasts enhanced interior functionality thanks to its generous dimensions.
After all, the XL, as its name suggests, is an Seat Altea aimed at those customers who need more space than that offered by the current Altea dimensions. Anyone who was attracted by the Altea's lines and sporty design, but who found it did not meet their needs, now has no excuse.
The Seat Altea XL is 18.7 centimeters longer than the Altea. The logical result of this is significantly increased interior space, flexibility and load capacity. In the new model, load capacity has increased to 532 litres compared with 409 in the Altea. However, if the seats are moved forward 14 centimeters, the boot size increases to 635 litres: the largest in its class.
As regards passenger space, the Seat Altea XL offers attractive solutions, such as the option of moving the rear seats, not only 14 centimeters forward as already mentioned, but also another two centimeters back, which results in more space for the rear passengers.
As for the driver and front passenger seats, the Seat Altea XL offers the same benefits as the rest of the Altea range. The height of both seats is the optimum for perfect control and road visibility, as well as providing easy accessibility. All this is achieved without compromising the vehicle's performance, as Seat's Agile Chassis (more details to follow) makes driving the Seat Altea XL as good as or better than driving any estate car with a lower centre of gravity.
The Seat Altea XL's practicality comes particularly to the fore in terms of its interior details. Firstly, in the numerous storage compartments which are located throughout the interior, but also in the small innovations like the luggage compartment cover which folds up at a single touch, the trays for the rear seats similar to those in a plane or the previously mentioned rear seat adjustment range of up to 16 centimeters.
Aesthetically, the rear section of the Seat Altea XL is what really sets it apart. A particularly striking feature are the generously sized rear lights which extend along the tailgate, giving it the robust appearance of an upmarket car. Also, elements such as the roof rails stand out, adding the feel of a family car to their unquestionable practicality.
As is only to be expected, the Seat Altea XL offers a high degree of safety, both active and passive. Active safety is assured by the ABS, TCS and ESP systems with emergency brake assistance. In addition to this, the previously mentioned Agile Chassis offers outstanding stability and performance for this type of vehicle.
When it comes to passive safety, the Seat Altea XL boasts up to eight airbags: six as standard with rear side airbags as an option. In addition to the airbags, the Seat Altea XL has other safety features such as three-point seat belts or Isofix mountings for a child seat. As a member of the Seat Altea family, the Altea XL has the maximum EuroNCAP passenger safety rating - 5 stars.
The Seat Altea XL range makes it possible for any user to find the version which best meets his or her needs.
In terms of engines, the Seat Altea XL comes in two petrol versions: 1.6 (102 hp) and 2.0 FSI (150 hp) - only available with six-speed Tiptronic gearbox. The diesel versions are represented by the familiar 1.9 TDI (105 hp), 2.0 TDI (140 hp) - with the option of a six-speed DSG gearbox - and the 2.0 TDI (170 hp).
All offer standard features such as air conditioning, MP3 radio with Aux-in and six speakers, tyre pressure monitoring, 16" steel wheels, black roof rails, cruise control and trip computer, electric windows front and rear, electric door mirrors with parking position, flexible luggage cover and height-adjustable driver's seat, amongst others. In terms of safety, six airbags are offered as standard together with ABS and TCS from the Reference equipment level upwards.
As with all models in the new Seat generation, the Altea XL displays a series of common "family" features, meaning that the fluid lines of the body retain a design which is sporty, innovative and highly dynamic.
Compared with the rest of the Altea range, the main aesthetic differences are to be found in two areas of the car: the rear and the roof. Besides this, the larger size of the vehicle is evident, and the Seat Altea XL certainly shows to good effect its extra 18.7 centimeters over the Altea.
As for the rear, while still retaining a sporty appearance, the lines of the Seat Altea XL are softened to meet customer requirements in this segment: a vehicle with an innovative and functional look. The rear lights extend longitudinally between the body and the boot lid, giving it the robust feel of an exclusive saloon.
Another of the Altea XL's defining features are the roof rails, standard in all versions (black in the Reference equipment level and silver in the Stylance and Sport-up). These elements give the vehicle much more of a family feel. And this is of course not to forget their practical function. These rails allow luggage and packages weighing up to 75 kilos to be carried on the Seat Altea XL.
The Seat Altea XL debuts some new door mirrors. Their larger size allows improved visibility of the surroundings when maneuvering.
As for the rest of the car, it is as recognizable as the rest of the Altea range. From the front, there's the distinctive broad chrome-framed grille in the shape of an inverted trapezium, and the double-parabola eye-shaped light units. The bumpers have "honeycomb" shaped air grilles with the fog lights located on either side.
Another characteristic feature of the new generation of Seat models shared by the Altea XL are the wiper arms located on the side pillars of the windscreen. A solution which is exclusive to Seat, and highly appropriate both in terms of aesthetics and aerodynamics.
Finally, along the side, Seat's so-called Dynamic Line is an absolutely essential feature of the Seat Altea XL. It is a line which traces the contours of the front wheel arch, runs smoothly down both doors and culminates at the rear wheel.
1.6 with 102 hp (75 kW). This four cylinder in-line engine delivers exceptional performance, reaching 102 hp at 5,600 rpm and a maximum torque of 148 Nm at 3,800 rpm.
Built entirely of aluminium, the engine block only weighs 16.5 kg. Thanks to the design of its interior, friction has been reduced on the piston rods, giving better fuel consumption and engine performance - also enhanced by its valve mechanism and electronic management.
2.0 FSI with 150 hp (110 kW). This engine, which in the Seat Altea XL is combined with the Tiptronic six-speed automatic gearbox, features direct fuel injection into the cylinder interior. This allows a better compression rate (11.5:1), which increases engine performance.
Fuel wastage has been diminished, since the direct injection prevents any fuel from collecting in the intake manifold on its way to the combustion chamber. As a result, every drop of the injected petrol is converted into energy.
1.9 TDI with 105 hp (77 kW). One of the most widely used engines in the Seat range, thanks to its excellent performance/consumption ratio. This is a four cylinder in-line engine with pump-injector unit fuelling, variable turbo geometry and intercooler.
With the addition of an electric gas recirculation valve with a cooling bypass and the application of the EOBD (European On Board Diagnosis) system, which controls the components involved in exhaust emissions, this is one of the cleanest, most economical diesel engines around.
2.0 TDI with 140 hp (103 kW). Another TDI jewel. This engine, developed from the 1.9, thanks to a slight cylinder head capacity increase, the application a new cylinder head with four valves per cylinder and pump-injector unit fuelling, delivers an output of 140 hp at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 320 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.
The combustion chamber's design produces greater turbulence and better gas combustion at low engine speeds, and also obtains optimum performance in the high engine-speed range thanks to improved cylinder filling.
This engine is available in the Seat Altea XL with either a manual gearbox or with the widely acclaimed DSG automatic gearbox. The DSG provides more economical fuel consumption than a standard automatic gearbox and a pleasant ride without losing torque or acceleration power thanks to the lack of a torque converter.
2.0 TDI with 170 hp (125 kW). One of the most powerful diesel engines in this market segment is to be found in the Seat Altea XL, already available in the Altea FR, the León FR or the Toledo. Developed from the 2.0 TDI engine generating 140 hp, the modifications applied have enabled it to reach a power of 125 kW (170 hp) at 4,200 revolutions per minute. At the same time, the available torque has increased from 320 to 350 Nm, which is obtained at 1,800 revolutions per minute.
Source: Seat press