Seat Altea XL
From Seat press: With the Altea (pronounced al-tay-a) XL, SEAT brings ‘auto emoción’ to another car category – the family estate. Clearly a part of the Altea family, today’s revised Altea XL adds 18.7 cm in length to the Altea to create the largest luggage capacity in its class and, in turn, one of the most stylish estate cars on the market.
As its name suggests, the five-seat XL is an Altea aimed at those customers who need more space than that provided by the standard version. Anyone attracted to the Altea’s svelte lines and sporty image, but found that it did not meet their needs in terms of space, now has the perfect package. For the record, maximum boot space (with rear seats upright) is 532 litres, as opposed to an already generous 409 litres in the Altea.
Among a line-up of modern powerplants, the extensive use of common rail diesel technology and efficient TSI turbocharging are the clear engineering highlight in the new Altea XL. Customers can choose from two petrol and two 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 1.6 litre, four cylinder engine that delivers 105 PS. It features piezo-electric injectors for more precise injection, and the common rail system gives greater flexibility. The result, in Ecomotive form especially, is greater fuel economy and fewer emissions, less vibration and reduced noise levels, all with very respectable performance figures. Maximum torque from this 1.6 is 250 Nm between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm, the Altea XL Ecomotive’s average fuel consumption is 62.8 mpg (combined) while CO2 emissions stand at just 119 g/km.