SEAT Altea

SEAT Altea: at a glance
  • Altea is a compact MPV with a twist – offering not only sportier styling than the competition, but also a genuinely involving drive
  • Simple UK model line-up: I-TECH with dual diesel line-up consisting of 1.6 TDI 105 PS (Ecomotive) and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS
  • Five- or six-speed manual gearboxes, plus seven-speed  quick-shifting DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox)
  • 1.6 TDI 105 PS Ecomotive version offers impressive fuel economy of 62.8 mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km
  • Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloys, SEAT Media System 2.2 (satellite navigation, 5-inch colour touchscreen/DAB/SD card/Bluetooth®), dual zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and sliding rear seats
  • Flexible layout includes twin-floor boot, one of the biggest passenger compartments in its class and dozens of cabin storage areas
  • Options include Winter Pack (heated front seats, headlight washer system and heated front washer nozzles) and bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting system)
  • Rivals include Peugeot 3008, Ford Focus C-MAX, Citroën C4 Picasso and Renault Scenic

Overview

The original Altea (pronounced al-tay-a) was the model that not only spearheaded a new generation of cars from SEAT but also brought innovative styling, fine handling and a distinctly sporting flavour to the hitherto decidedly ‘traditional’ compact MPV segment.  Today it is still a car enjoyed by its owners – and so much more than just a family workhorse.

Styled at SEAT’s Design Centre in Martorell (Barcelona), the Altea features a range of subtle, but effective exterior design enhancements that augment its already stylish lines.  The front end sports a grille with a smaller SEAT brand logo and a more stylish chrome surround.  The front bumper is straighter and houses trapezoidal ventilation slats, while the large headlights make the front end look much sharper and wider.

At the back the broad rear window stretches across the full width of the hatch, providing much better visibility.  There are also rear light clusters, a smaller brand logo and a revised rear bumper.

Inside, the changes are even more comprehensive with major modifications to the steering wheel, controls, instrument cluster, centre console and seats, making the sportier-looking cockpit and passenger compartment much more sophisticated with a far higher quality look and feel than previously.  Importantly, too, there’s increased comfort for the new Altea’s driver and passengers.

The latest Altea is first and foremost a family car built to satisfy the growing demand for added room and functionality.  Despite its seemingly compact exterior dimensions and modest ‘footprint’, the interior offers exceptional room in all five seats and the two-tiered 409-litre capacity boot (which becomes 510 litres with the optional sliding rear seats extended forwards by a full 14 cm).

It also parades many advanced technological features including TDI common rail diesel engines and the impressive dual-clutch DSG gearbox.  Sophisticated multi-link rear suspension, electro-mechanical power-assisted steering, standard driver and passenger climate control and a high-quality infotainment systems are among the many technical highlights.

Today’s Altea is powered by two powerful, yet frugal diesel engines: a 1.6-litre TDI, capable of generating 105 PS offered in a five-speed manual Ecomotive version and a seven-speed DSG gearbox, together with the advanced 2.0-litre TDI unit with 140 PS in six-speed manual.

Of course, as a family car, the Altea also takes safety very seriously.  Comprehensive active safety systems that are standard across the range include ABS, TCS (Traction Control System) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with built-in EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) system.  The classic indicators of modern safety credentials are a healthy collection of Euro NCAP stars, and the Altea is well placed in this regard having scored five stars for Occupant Safety, four stars for Child Protection and a creditable three stars out of four for Pedestrian Protection.

Design

  1. Exterior: sharp, sporty and distinctive

The Altea’s capacious body is proportionally compact.  Today’s five-seater family car is, though, now even more elegantly detailed helping it stand out as a sporty alternative in a market largely populated by ‘me too’ models.

The front end sports a grille with a smaller SEAT brand logo and a stylish chrome surround.  The front bumper is straighter, and houses trapezoidal ventilation slats while the larger headlights make the front end look much sharper and wider.  These modifications also allow the addition of systems such as AFS headlights with daylight driving lights, cornering fog lights and front parking sensors.

A clean, sweeping line extends from almost the tip of the bonnet to the end of the roof.  This smooth contour is unimpeded thanks to a familiar SEAT detail – wiper blades concealed in the A-pillars.  This not only sharpens the Altea’s aerodynamics, but also improves its looks and is a considerable contributor to safety.

Of course, SEAT’s now-familiar Dynamic Line still characterises the Altea from the side.  The line starts at the front wheel and descends gradually across the doors to the rear wheel arch.  Unusually in the MPV sector, the Altea follows an unwritten law of sports car design that states the proportion of metal to glass should be two-thirds to one-third.  Despite the large windscreen and substantially enlarged rear window, the side window design helps achieve this classic balance without impairing visibility.

The rear light clusters are located at the outer edge of the body to enhance the Altea’s dynamic, compact look.  An elegant spoiler tapers off the roof and is home to the high-power LED third brake light. 

There is a choice of nine body colours and two alloy wheel designs.

  1. Interior – practical and smart

Sporting appeal, comfort and practicality go hand in hand aboard the Altea.  The spacious passenger compartment is comfortable for the driver and all passengers, and the boot has a capacity of more than 409 litres with the rear seats in position.

The multi-function steering wheel and column have been cleverly designed, with four controls which are easy to use, as are the lights mechanism and the climate control system.  These are embellished in silver to match the steering wheel. 

All Altea seats are ergonomically sculpted, providing ample side support and a long seat base cushion which, for many, extends right to the back of the knees.  The driver’s seat is height- and reach-adjustable, and both front seatbacks also include an adjustable lumbar support.  The rear seat is broad enough for three people, but becomes particularly comfortable for two when the wide central armrest is lowered.  Most rear seat passengers will find they have plenty of legroom, plus extra space for feet beneath the front seats.  In addition, the whole rear seat (or separately in two parts of a 60/40 spilt) slides forwards by 14 cm to increase the boot space.  Alternatively, of course, it can be pushed back for maximum leg room.

The central console houses the hazard warning light buttons and ESP disconnection, the glove compartment boasts a handy interior light.

There’s also a gear selection display, with an arrow that indicates when to change gears to achieve a more economical drive. 

With dozens of storage compartments, the Altea has a place for pretty much everything.  Within easy reach for driver and front passenger is a large glove box, a compartment and two cup holders beneath the central console and a large compartment in each front door (which can hold a 1.5 litre bottle).  The front armrest has a two-tiered storage compartment; the top for small objects or CDs, with space beneath for iPod/iPhone connections or larger items.  In front of the armrest is a cigarette lighter/12V socket, door lock/unlock switch and an ashtray space/cupholder.  The front passenger seat has a side compartment with space for a drink can.  A further cigarette lighter/12V socket is located at the back of the console for easy access from the back – useful for powering portable DVD players, games consoles and the like.

Rear seat passengers have a compartment on the side of their seat, a door panel which can hold a one litre bottle, a pouch in the front seat backs, a compartment at the rear end of the central console plus an extra compartment and two cup holders with the armrest lowered.  Two hanger hooks finish off the storage capabilities of the passenger compartment, but much more can be carried in the boot.

The Altea’s capacious boot has a handy two-tiered floor.  The higher level has ample capacity for everyday use, but substantially more space becomes available with the rear seats folded.  This operation is easy and can be done with one hand without removing the headrests.  This leaves a completely flat load area on the same level as the false floor of the boot.  Optionally, the whole rear seat also slides forward by 14 cm to increase boot space further. 

Should more space be required without folding or sliding the rear seats, the ‘false’ floor partition can be folded and placed behind the back of the rear seats to increase the boot’s capacity to 409 litres (or, as an option, a chunky 510 litres with the rear seat pushed forwards).  The space saver spare wheel is housed beneath this lower floor.  The boot’s maximum capacity is a cavernous 1,320 litres with the rear seats folded, the sliding partition open and the rear parcel tray removed.

The boot provides handy methods for securing pretty much all the detritus of today’s motoring life.  There are sturdy rings for fastening nets, side storage straps and hooks for hanging bags while the parcel tray has a false bottom for storing an emergency triangle or small items.  When transporting skis, the simplest solution is to lower the rear armrest and slide them through the resultant opening.

Altea accessories

A series of official SEAT accessories are available for Altea, including:

Flexible loadliners to protect the boot area for dirt or damage

Roof bars – lockable and aerodynamic

Safety kit (warning triangle, high vis vest, torch and first aid kit)

Recaro Monza Nova Child Seat – 9 months - 12 years, ISOFIX ready

Tailgate Spoiler – Painted to match your SEAT

Engines and gearboxes

Efficiency for power and economy

  • Two flexible turbo diesels
  • Five- and six-speed manuals, and a quick-shifting seven-speed DSG

Drivetrains

Customers can choose from two diesel engines in Altea, both of which have undergone considerable modifications to provide a quality blend of performance and frugality, with low emission levels.

The diesel range is 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’s average fuel consumption is 62.8 mpg (combined) while CO2 emissions stand at just 119 g/km.  All this, and a 0-62 mph time of 12.2 seconds. With DSG the emissions only rises marginally to 129 g/km and retains an impressive 57.6 mpg on the combined cycle.

The next important engine of note is the 140 PS 2.0 TDI, with a maximum torque of 320 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.  It consumes an average of just 57.6 mpg with emissions of 129 g/km.  It comes equipped with the six-speed manual.

Transmissions

Exceptional engines deserve equally exceptional gearboxes to dispense swift, seamless gear changes while taking best advantage of the engine's flexibility.

The 1.6 TDI is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 2.0 TDI has six gears.  The 1.6 TDI CR 105 PS is also available with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

Although the DSG can be considered and indeed driven as a fully automatic gearbox without a clutch pedal, it’s actually a combination of two gearboxes with two multi-disc clutch mechanisms.  For example, when in second and near its rev limit, the second clutch automatically starts to engage third gear.  The change between gears is immediate – the first engages the clutch and the second simultaneously de-clutches.   The DSG transmission also provides improved fuel consumption over a conventional torque converter auto, but without any loss of torque or acceleration.

Running gear

Suspension

As before, the Altea features an aluminium subframe as part of the front suspension and a sophisticated multi-link axle at the rear, which deliver excellent dynamic performance and driving comfort.

The MacPherson front suspension features rigid suspension bushes that provide stability in any situation, from sudden load shifts to braking in corners.  These suspension bushes also reduce loads on the driveshaft while accelerating, braking and cornering.

Like its Leon sibling, the Altea features multi-link rear suspension.  Four links (three transverse and one longitudinal) control wheel direction with the efficiency of a double wishbone design and, with near-perfect wheel alignment, both understeer and slip angles are reduced.

However, in pursuit of increased comfort and an even more refined driving experience, SEAT’s engineers have worked to change the suspension ratings: improving the hydraulic valves and modifying the length of the dampers.  Thanks to these modifications, today’s Altea offers a more comfortable ride and maintains the excellent dynamic qualities that help it to stand out in its class.

Another electronic driving aid featured on the new range is Hill Hold Control, first seen on the latest 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.

Importantly, too, the new Altea range is equipped with a plethora of electronic driving aids such as ESP, ABS + TCS + EBA.

Braking system

With normal pressure exerted on the pedal the Altea’s dual servo braking system produces a gradual braking effect, while more energetic pressure yields a keener braking response.

Switchable TCS (Traction Control System) is standard across the entire range and works in conjunction with the engine management to prevent the wheels from skidding or spinning.

As mentioned above, today’s Altea also features the latest generation ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) as standard, which detects braking effectiveness on each wheel and adjusts brake force accordingly.

ESP also includes EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), increasing braking pressure to take full advantage of the system’s capacity in an emergency situation.  EBA is activated when the brake pedal is pushed hard.

ESP can be disconnected with a switch located on the central console.  When disconnected, a warning light appears on the instrument panel.

Intelligent electro-mechanical power steering

The Altea’s electro-mechanical power steering system provides assistance, and therefore draws energy, only when the steering wheel is either being turned or is returning to its original position, thus reducing fuel consumption.  The system also computes the power assistance required depending on road speed and steering wheel turning speed, and provides automatic steering correction at the straight ahead when encountering a strong side wind.  By using a new, corrected ‘0’ position as a central point, the driver is relieved of continuous exertion on the wheel to maintain a straight course.

Safety and security

Prevention and protection

  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Comprehensive airbag provision across the range
  • Bonnet and bumpers designed for pedestrian protection
  • Remote central locking and child locks standard on all models

In addition to numerous active safety features, the Altea is equipped with six airbags on all versions while its body is designed to resist even the heaviest of crashes through deformation zones, which direct and absorb the energy of an impact.

Another special safety element is the active footrest.  Designed to resist impact without distortion it greatly reduces the risk of ankle injury.  The brake pedal and movement-limited clutch pedal move clear of the feet in the event of a head-on collision, and because the accelerator pedal is hinged at the floor, this can reduce injury to the shins.  To further enhance driver safety the collapsible steering column cannot intrude into the cockpit.

The front seatbelts feature pyrotechnic pre-tensioners and load limiters; a torque bar on the belt shaft deforms to limit the belt’s tension while the rear seatbelts also feature load limiters.

All EU-market destined Alteas leave the Martorell factory with six airbags – two at the front, two side and twin curtain.  The passenger airbag can be disconnected by inserting the ignition key in a lock located in the glovebox, thereby allowing the installation of a rear-facing child seat.  If the passenger airbag is deactivated, a warning light in front of the passenger seat is displayed.  When the front passenger airbag is disconnected, all other airbags remain operative. 

To improve response time in the event of a side-on collision, pressure sensors are installed within the doors.  Combined with acceleration sensors safely tucked away in the central console, the reaction time of the Altea’s safety systems has been reduced by 30%.  As soon as these sensors detect and confirm an impact, the airbag system is activated in seven milliseconds with the side airbags becoming fully inflated 20 milliseconds later.  In the event of a collision, the hazard and courtesy lights are automatically switched on, the doors are all unlocked and the fuel pump and engine are both turned off.

Besides protecting its occupants, the Altea also protects pedestrians.  An energy-absorbing ‘soft’ surface on the bonnet and at the lower part of the front end helps to minimise injury to knees and shins, and such features also measure up to tough future pedestrian protection regulations.

The Altea scored highly in the important Euro NCAP tests, with five stars for Occupant Safety, four stars for Child Protection and three stars out of four for Pedestrian Protection.

As well as protecting passengers and pedestrians, the Altea is designed to protect itself in otherwise potentially costly accident scenarios.  So, a low speed collision protection system protects important under-bonnet parts such as the engine’s cooling system.  It also makes it easier to replace damaged parts, which are simply bolted onto the main chassis.  Due in part to this, the Altea achieves low insurance groupings.

Security features

The Altea’s security features include:

• Remote central locking with deadlocks

• Volumetric alarm with back up horn

• Immobiliser

• Locking wheel bolts on all cars with alloy wheels

• Child locks, auto-lock/unlock doors, interior central locking control button

• Remote release fuel flap linked to the central locking

• Visible VIN in windscreen

SEAT Media System 2.2

Altea I-TECH comes fitted with the highly-specified SEAT Media System which includes satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance, five-inch colour touch screen, 3D map display, SD card slot for MP3 playback, DAB radio tuner, Bluetooth audio streaming. It also works in tandem with the steering wheel mounted media controls.

Parking sensors

Front and rear parking sensors come standard on all Altea derivatives.

The sensors generate a beep to warn of obstacles at the rear, using ultrasound devices located on the front and rear bumpers. They begin measuring from 0.6 metres at the side and 1.6 metres at the front or rear of the car. When the distance shortens to about 30 cm, the beeping is continuous. The system also automatically quietens the radio/CD/MP3 output to allow the beeps to be heard more easily.

Hill Hold Control

As well as ESC as standard, Hill Hold Control is too - a clever system that holds the car in place on a slope for two seconds after the brake pedal is released, giving the driver time to hit the accelerator without the car rolling backwards. This feature reduces the need to ‘balance’ the clutch, or use the handbrake every time the car stops on a hill.

Included with Hill Hold Control is Tyre Pressure Monitoring. With this system any sudden tyre pressure loss is highlighted to the driver. 

Bi-xenon headlights

The Altea has the option of bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System) technology provide significant gains in night time visibility.

The car also hasheadlight Coming Home function as standard, already seen on other SEAT models, which turns on the dipped beams for 30 seconds after removing the key from the ignition.

Ownership

Seriously cost-effective, masses of fun

  • Generous standard equipment list
  • Raft of options and customisation accessories to choose from
  • Very low insurance costs and simple fixed price service scheme 
  • Comprehensive warranty cover

Insurance groups

Thanks to low repair costs and standard security features, the Altea continues to enjoy competitively low insurance groups.

Model                                                                   Group rating (1-50)                      

I-TECH 1.6 TDI 105 Ecomotive                  14E

I-TECH 1.6 TDI 105 DSG-auto                   14E

I-TECH 2.0 TDI 140                                   20E

Servicing: It’s Fixed!

All Alteas have the same servicing requirements.  A major service is required only at 20,000-mile intervals with an oil change every 10,000 miles.  Alteas which travel less than 10,000 miles a year require an inspection service, which includes oil change, every 12 months.

In 2012, SEAT introduced its It’s Fixed! servicing scheme, which provides a transparent, easy-to-book and, most importantly, cost-effective way for all SEAT drivers to have their cars serviced - and by fully trained SEAT technicians using only genuine SEAT parts.

Thanks to It’s Fixed!, a minor service is just £139, a first-year service £169, and a major service £249, including VAT and labour. An online booking facility makes it incredibly convenient, and it’s open to all SEAT cars from one- to fifteen years old.

Warranty

The warranty package offered with the revised Altea includes:

  • Three-year/60,000-mile warranty (comprises two-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited mileage plus a further one-year Dealer Warranty limited to 60,000 miles)
  • 12-year anti-perforation warranty – the Altea has a fully-galvanised steel body
  • Three-year paintwork warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Two-year SEAT Assistance roadside assistance package valid in 33 countries throughout Europe and bordering countries

SEAT Altea

EXTERIOR EQUIPMENT

Clear headlights with electric adjustment

Twin front headlights

Front fog lights with cornering function

Rear fog light

Body coloured bumpers with integrated mouldings

Body coloured door handles

Body coloured mirrors

Chrome centre radiator grille surround

Heated door mirrors

Electrically adjustable door mirrors

Electrically folding door mirrors

Black Roof rails 1

Tinted windows

Dark tinted rear windows

Rear wash/wipe

Windscreen wipers integrated in front pillars

Honeycomb grille in front bumper

SEAT logo tailgate release

FUNCTIONAL & MECHANICAL

Dual-zone climate control

Dust and pollen filter

Electric front windows (one touch with anti-squeeze)

Electric rear windows (one touch with anti-squeeze)

Height and reach adjustable steering wheel

Electro-mechanical power steering (speed sensitive)

Cruise control

Rain sensing wipers

Auto headlights

Auto-dimming rear view mirror

Illuminated boot

Illuminated glove box

Front and rear parking sensors

Coming home headlight function

Two 12 volt power supply in centre console (front and rear)

12 volt power supply in boot 1

INTERIOR EQUIPMENT

Driver sunvisor with covered mirror and cardholder

Passenger sunvisor with covered mirror

Illuminated sunvisor mirrors

Two cupholders in front centre console

Two cupholders in centre console for rear passengers

Two-tier storage box in centre console

Storage bin in rear centre console

Storage in front door panels (1.5l bottle)

Storage in rear door panels (1.0l bottle)

Rear seat side storage (0.5l bottle)

Storage pockets in boot

Luggage compartment cover

Four folding roof mounted grab handles

Two-tier boot floor, elasticated cargo net and lashing hooks

Storage box under front seats

Front courtesy light with delay + front map-reading lights

Rear courtesy light with delay + rear reading lights

Removable net partition

Folding tables on front seat backrests1

Roof storage box system

Integrated rear window blinds1

INSTRUMENT PANEL

RPM counter

Trip computer

Digital clock

White instrument lighting with brightness control

Outside temperature gauge

Low fuel warning light

Lights left on warning buzzer

Tyre pressure monitoring

Gearshift indicator

WHEELS

16" 'Elio' titanium finish alloy wheels + 205/55 R16 tyres

Tyre repair kit

SEATS AND TRIM

Driver seat with height adjustment

Front passenger seat with height adjustment

Front seats with lumbar adjustment

Height and tilt adjustable front active head restraints

Three height adjustable rear head restraints

Pocket on front passenger seat backrest

Rear seat central armest/table with 2 cupholders

Leather steering wheel and gear knob

Split folding rear seat backrests (60/40)

Sliding rear seats (140mm forward; 20mm backwards)

Adjustable rear seat backrest inclination

I TECH upholstery and badging

INFOTAINMENT

FM/AM radio

MP3 compatible CD player with combined USB/AUX-in port (CUP)2

Bluetooth Communications Pack Includes:
Handsfree phone connection3 with steering wheel controls, voice control, multi-function display

SEAT Media System (v2.2) Includes:
Satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance, 5" colour screen, 3D map display, SD card slot for MP3 playback, DAB radio tuner, Bluetooth audio streaming and upgraded dash display

Eight speakers

Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Roof-mounted 7" TFT screen with RCA connection

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Driver and front passenger airbags

Front passenger airbag de-activation

Front side airbags

Two curtain airbags

Rear side airbags

Active front head restraints

ABS and TCS (TCS de-activation)

ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with Hill Hold Control and EBA

Driver Steering Recommendation

Multi-link rear suspension

Agile chassis

Volumetric alarm with back-up horn

Electronic engine immobiliser

Three button folding key (lock/unlock/tailgate release)

Drivers' seatbelt reminder

ISOFIX points in rear seats

Remote central locking with deadlocks

Auto lock

Lockable fuel filler cap

Child locks on rear doors

Locking wheel bolts

Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiter

Three 3-point rear seat belts

Anti-theft roof antenna

Visible VIN in windscreen

Technology to enjoy

When you get behind the wheel of a SEAT car, you don’t just go for a drive, you go for an experience. One that will capture your imagination and touch your emotions. Covering five key elements, design, efficiency, innovation, performance and technology.

That’s the essence of TECHNOLOGY TO ENJOY. You’ll find it in every new car model that wears the SEAT badge, including our ever-growing and highly-efficient Ecomotive car range. It’s the philosophy that lies behind everything we do as a company. And it will be driving us to develop new and innovative concepts well into the future.

TECHNOLOGY TO ENJOY isn’t just about engineering quality cars today. It’s about bringing more enjoyment to the roads of tomorrow.

About SEAT

SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in more than 75 countries. In 2013, SEAT generated the highest revenue in its history, with a total turnover of 6,473 millon euros (up 6.3% on 2012), with overall deliveries amounting to 355,000 units.

SEAT Group employs 14,000 professionals at its three production centres in Barcelona − Zona Franca, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon, amongst other models. Additionally, the company produces the Alhambra in Palmela (Portugal), the Mii in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Toledo in Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic) at Volkswagen Group plants. 

The Spanish multinational also has a Technical Centre, a ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together close to 1,000 engineers whose goal is to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.

SEAT UK enjoyed a tremendous year in 2013, selling 45,312 cars and achieving a 2.0% market share – both company records.  

Management

Board of Directors

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman, Volkswagen A.G.

SEAT S.A. Executive Committee

Jürgen Stackmann, Chairman,

Holger Kintscher, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Finance and Organization

Dr. Andreas Offermann, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing

Ramón Paredes Sánchez-Collado, Executive Vice-President for Governmental and Institutional Relations for SEAT and the Volkswagen Group in Spain

Dr. Matthias Rabe, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Research and Development

Josef Schelchshorn, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Human Resources

Dieter Seemann, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Purchasing

Dr. Andreas Tostmann, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Production

UK management

Neil Williamson, Director

Ashley Andrew, Sales Operations

Chris Stevens, Marketing

Nigel Griggs, Service & Parts

Juliet Carrington, Press & PR

Peter McDonald, Fleet & Business

Andrew Tracey, Planning & Supply

Matthew Benns, Customer Quality & Network Development


SEAT Altea

SEAT Altea: at a glance
  • Altea is a compact MPV with a twist – offering not only sportier styling than the competition, but also a genuinely involving drive
  • Simple UK model line-up: I-TECH with dual diesel line-up consisting of 1.6 TDI 105 PS (Ecomotive) and 2.0-litre TDI 140 PS
  • Five- or six-speed manual gearboxes, plus seven-speed  quick-shifting DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox)
  • 1.6 TDI 105 PS Ecomotive version offers impressive fuel economy of 62.8 mpg (combined) and CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km
  • Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloys, SEAT Media System 2.2 (satellite navigation, 5-inch colour touchscreen/DAB/SD card/Bluetooth®), dual zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and sliding rear seats
  • Flexible layout includes twin-floor boot, one of the biggest passenger compartments in its class and dozens of cabin storage areas
  • Options include Winter Pack (heated front seats, headlight washer system and heated front washer nozzles) and bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting system)
  • Rivals include Peugeot 3008, Ford Focus C-MAX, Citroën C4 Picasso and Renault Scenic

Overview

The original Altea (pronounced al-tay-a) was the model that not only spearheaded a new generation of cars from SEAT but also brought innovative styling, fine handling and a distinctly sporting flavour to the hitherto decidedly ‘traditional’ compact MPV segment.  Today it is still a car enjoyed by its owners – and so much more than just a family workhorse.

Styled at SEAT’s Design Centre in Martorell (Barcelona), the Altea features a range of subtle, but effective exterior design enhancements that augment its already stylish lines.  The front end sports a grille with a smaller SEAT brand logo and a more stylish chrome surround.  The front bumper is straighter and houses trapezoidal ventilation slats, while the large headlights make the front end look much sharper and wider.

At the back the broad rear window stretches across the full width of the hatch, providing much better visibility.  There are also rear light clusters, a smaller brand logo and a revised rear bumper.

Inside, the changes are even more comprehensive with major modifications to the steering wheel, controls, instrument cluster, centre console and seats, making the sportier-looking cockpit and passenger compartment much more sophisticated with a far higher quality look and feel than previously.  Importantly, too, there’s increased comfort for the new Altea’s driver and passengers.

The latest Altea is first and foremost a family car built to satisfy the growing demand for added room and functionality.  Despite its seemingly compact exterior dimensions and modest ‘footprint’, the interior offers exceptional room in all five seats and the two-tiered 409-litre capacity boot (which becomes 510 litres with the optional sliding rear seats extended forwards by a full 14 cm).

It also parades many advanced technological features including TDI common rail diesel engines and the impressive dual-clutch DSG gearbox.  Sophisticated multi-link rear suspension, electro-mechanical power-assisted steering, standard driver and passenger climate control and a high-quality infotainment systems are among the many technical highlights.

Today’s Altea is powered by two powerful, yet frugal diesel engines: a 1.6-litre TDI, capable of generating 105 PS offered in a five-speed manual Ecomotive version and a seven-speed DSG gearbox, together with the advanced 2.0-litre TDI unit with 140 PS in six-speed manual.

Of course, as a family car, the Altea also takes safety very seriously.  Comprehensive active safety systems that are standard across the range include ABS, TCS (Traction Control System) and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with built-in EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) system.  The classic indicators of modern safety credentials are a healthy collection of Euro NCAP stars, and the Altea is well placed in this regard having scored five stars for Occupant Safety, four stars for Child Protection and a creditable three stars out of four for Pedestrian Protection.

Design

  1. Exterior: sharp, sporty and distinctive

The Altea’s capacious body is proportionally compact.  Today’s five-seater family car is, though, now even more elegantly detailed helping it stand out as a sporty alternative in a market largely populated by ‘me too’ models.

The front end sports a grille with a smaller SEAT brand logo and a stylish chrome surround.  The front bumper is straighter, and houses trapezoidal ventilation slats while the larger headlights make the front end look much sharper and wider.  These modifications also allow the addition of systems such as AFS headlights with daylight driving lights, cornering fog lights and front parking sensors.

A clean, sweeping line extends from almost the tip of the bonnet to the end of the roof.  This smooth contour is unimpeded thanks to a familiar SEAT detail – wiper blades concealed in the A-pillars.  This not only sharpens the Altea’s aerodynamics, but also improves its looks and is a considerable contributor to safety.

Of course, SEAT’s now-familiar Dynamic Line still characterises the Altea from the side.  The line starts at the front wheel and descends gradually across the doors to the rear wheel arch.  Unusually in the MPV sector, the Altea follows an unwritten law of sports car design that states the proportion of metal to glass should be two-thirds to one-third.  Despite the large windscreen and substantially enlarged rear window, the side window design helps achieve this classic balance without impairing visibility.

The rear light clusters are located at the outer edge of the body to enhance the Altea’s dynamic, compact look.  An elegant spoiler tapers off the roof and is home to the high-power LED third brake light. 

There is a choice of nine body colours and two alloy wheel designs.

  1. Interior – practical and smart

Sporting appeal, comfort and practicality go hand in hand aboard the Altea.  The spacious passenger compartment is comfortable for the driver and all passengers, and the boot has a capacity of more than 409 litres with the rear seats in position.

The multi-function steering wheel and column have been cleverly designed, with four controls which are easy to use, as are the lights mechanism and the climate control system.  These are embellished in silver to match the steering wheel. 

All Altea seats are ergonomically sculpted, providing ample side support and a long seat base cushion which, for many, extends right to the back of the knees.  The driver’s seat is height- and reach-adjustable, and both front seatbacks also include an adjustable lumbar support.  The rear seat is broad enough for three people, but becomes particularly comfortable for two when the wide central armrest is lowered.  Most rear seat passengers will find they have plenty of legroom, plus extra space for feet beneath the front seats.  In addition, the whole rear seat (or separately in two parts of a 60/40 spilt) slides forwards by 14 cm to increase the boot space.  Alternatively, of course, it can be pushed back for maximum leg room.

The central console houses the hazard warning light buttons and ESP disconnection, the glove compartment boasts a handy interior light.

There’s also a gear selection display, with an arrow that indicates when to change gears to achieve a more economical drive. 

With dozens of storage compartments, the Altea has a place for pretty much everything.  Within easy reach for driver and front passenger is a large glove box, a compartment and two cup holders beneath the central console and a large compartment in each front door (which can hold a 1.5 litre bottle).  The front armrest has a two-tiered storage compartment; the top for small objects or CDs, with space beneath for iPod/iPhone connections or larger items.  In front of the armrest is a cigarette lighter/12V socket, door lock/unlock switch and an ashtray space/cupholder.  The front passenger seat has a side compartment with space for a drink can.  A further cigarette lighter/12V socket is located at the back of the console for easy access from the back – useful for powering portable DVD players, games consoles and the like.

Rear seat passengers have a compartment on the side of their seat, a door panel which can hold a one litre bottle, a pouch in the front seat backs, a compartment at the rear end of the central console plus an extra compartment and two cup holders with the armrest lowered.  Two hanger hooks finish off the storage capabilities of the passenger compartment, but much more can be carried in the boot.

The Altea’s capacious boot has a handy two-tiered floor.  The higher level has ample capacity for everyday use, but substantially more space becomes available with the rear seats folded.  This operation is easy and can be done with one hand without removing the headrests.  This leaves a completely flat load area on the same level as the false floor of the boot.  Optionally, the whole rear seat also slides forward by 14 cm to increase boot space further. 

Should more space be required without folding or sliding the rear seats, the ‘false’ floor partition can be folded and placed behind the back of the rear seats to increase the boot’s capacity to 409 litres (or, as an option, a chunky 510 litres with the rear seat pushed forwards).  The space saver spare wheel is housed beneath this lower floor.  The boot’s maximum capacity is a cavernous 1,320 litres with the rear seats folded, the sliding partition open and the rear parcel tray removed.

The boot provides handy methods for securing pretty much all the detritus of today’s motoring life.  There are sturdy rings for fastening nets, side storage straps and hooks for hanging bags while the parcel tray has a false bottom for storing an emergency triangle or small items.  When transporting skis, the simplest solution is to lower the rear armrest and slide them through the resultant opening.

Altea accessories

A series of official SEAT accessories are available for Altea, including:

Flexible loadliners to protect the boot area for dirt or damage

Roof bars – lockable and aerodynamic

Safety kit (warning triangle, high vis vest, torch and first aid kit)

Recaro Monza Nova Child Seat – 9 months - 12 years, ISOFIX ready

Tailgate Spoiler – Painted to match your SEAT

Engines and gearboxes

Efficiency for power and economy

  • Two flexible turbo diesels
  • Five- and six-speed manuals, and a quick-shifting seven-speed DSG

Drivetrains

Customers can choose from two diesel engines in Altea, both of which have undergone considerable modifications to provide a quality blend of performance and frugality, with low emission levels.

The diesel range is 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’s average fuel consumption is 62.8 mpg (combined) while CO2 emissions stand at just 119 g/km.  All this, and a 0-62 mph time of 12.2 seconds. With DSG the emissions only rises marginally to 129 g/km and retains an impressive 57.6 mpg on the combined cycle.

The next important engine of note is the 140 PS 2.0 TDI, with a maximum torque of 320 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm.  It consumes an average of just 57.6 mpg with emissions of 129 g/km.  It comes equipped with the six-speed manual.

Transmissions

Exceptional engines deserve equally exceptional gearboxes to dispense swift, seamless gear changes while taking best advantage of the engine's flexibility.

The 1.6 TDI is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, while the 2.0 TDI has six gears.  The 1.6 TDI CR 105 PS is also available with a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox.

Although the DSG can be considered and indeed driven as a fully automatic gearbox without a clutch pedal, it’s actually a combination of two gearboxes with two multi-disc clutch mechanisms.  For example, when in second and near its rev limit, the second clutch automatically starts to engage third gear.  The change between gears is immediate – the first engages the clutch and the second simultaneously de-clutches.   The DSG transmission also provides improved fuel consumption over a conventional torque converter auto, but without any loss of torque or acceleration.

Running gear

Suspension

As before, the Altea features an aluminium subframe as part of the front suspension and a sophisticated multi-link axle at the rear, which deliver excellent dynamic performance and driving comfort.

The MacPherson front suspension features rigid suspension bushes that provide stability in any situation, from sudden load shifts to braking in corners.  These suspension bushes also reduce loads on the driveshaft while accelerating, braking and cornering.

Like its Leon sibling, the Altea features multi-link rear suspension.  Four links (three transverse and one longitudinal) control wheel direction with the efficiency of a double wishbone design and, with near-perfect wheel alignment, both understeer and slip angles are reduced.

However, in pursuit of increased comfort and an even more refined driving experience, SEAT’s engineers have worked to change the suspension ratings: improving the hydraulic valves and modifying the length of the dampers.  Thanks to these modifications, today’s Altea offers a more comfortable ride and maintains the excellent dynamic qualities that help it to stand out in its class.

Another electronic driving aid featured on the new range is Hill Hold Control, first seen on the latest 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.

Importantly, too, the new Altea range is equipped with a plethora of electronic driving aids such as ESP, ABS + TCS + EBA.

Braking system

With normal pressure exerted on the pedal the Altea’s dual servo braking system produces a gradual braking effect, while more energetic pressure yields a keener braking response.

Switchable TCS (Traction Control System) is standard across the entire range and works in conjunction with the engine management to prevent the wheels from skidding or spinning.

As mentioned above, today’s Altea also features the latest generation ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) as standard, which detects braking effectiveness on each wheel and adjusts brake force accordingly.

ESP also includes EBA (Emergency Brake Assist), increasing braking pressure to take full advantage of the system’s capacity in an emergency situation.  EBA is activated when the brake pedal is pushed hard.

ESP can be disconnected with a switch located on the central console.  When disconnected, a warning light appears on the instrument panel.

Intelligent electro-mechanical power steering

The Altea’s electro-mechanical power steering system provides assistance, and therefore draws energy, only when the steering wheel is either being turned or is returning to its original position, thus reducing fuel consumption.  The system also computes the power assistance required depending on road speed and steering wheel turning speed, and provides automatic steering correction at the straight ahead when encountering a strong side wind.  By using a new, corrected ‘0’ position as a central point, the driver is relieved of continuous exertion on the wheel to maintain a straight course.

Safety and security

Prevention and protection

  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Comprehensive airbag provision across the range
  • Bonnet and bumpers designed for pedestrian protection
  • Remote central locking and child locks standard on all models

In addition to numerous active safety features, the Altea is equipped with six airbags on all versions while its body is designed to resist even the heaviest of crashes through deformation zones, which direct and absorb the energy of an impact.

Another special safety element is the active footrest.  Designed to resist impact without distortion it greatly reduces the risk of ankle injury.  The brake pedal and movement-limited clutch pedal move clear of the feet in the event of a head-on collision, and because the accelerator pedal is hinged at the floor, this can reduce injury to the shins.  To further enhance driver safety the collapsible steering column cannot intrude into the cockpit.

The front seatbelts feature pyrotechnic pre-tensioners and load limiters; a torque bar on the belt shaft deforms to limit the belt’s tension while the rear seatbelts also feature load limiters.

All EU-market destined Alteas leave the Martorell factory with six airbags – two at the front, two side and twin curtain.  The passenger airbag can be disconnected by inserting the ignition key in a lock located in the glovebox, thereby allowing the installation of a rear-facing child seat.  If the passenger airbag is deactivated, a warning light in front of the passenger seat is displayed.  When the front passenger airbag is disconnected, all other airbags remain operative. 

To improve response time in the event of a side-on collision, pressure sensors are installed within the doors.  Combined with acceleration sensors safely tucked away in the central console, the reaction time of the Altea’s safety systems has been reduced by 30%.  As soon as these sensors detect and confirm an impact, the airbag system is activated in seven milliseconds with the side airbags becoming fully inflated 20 milliseconds later.  In the event of a collision, the hazard and courtesy lights are automatically switched on, the doors are all unlocked and the fuel pump and engine are both turned off.

Besides protecting its occupants, the Altea also protects pedestrians.  An energy-absorbing ‘soft’ surface on the bonnet and at the lower part of the front end helps to minimise injury to knees and shins, and such features also measure up to tough future pedestrian protection regulations.

The Altea scored highly in the important Euro NCAP tests, with five stars for Occupant Safety, four stars for Child Protection and three stars out of four for Pedestrian Protection.

As well as protecting passengers and pedestrians, the Altea is designed to protect itself in otherwise potentially costly accident scenarios.  So, a low speed collision protection system protects important under-bonnet parts such as the engine’s cooling system.  It also makes it easier to replace damaged parts, which are simply bolted onto the main chassis.  Due in part to this, the Altea achieves low insurance groupings.

Security features

The Altea’s security features include:

• Remote central locking with deadlocks

• Volumetric alarm with back up horn

• Immobiliser

• Locking wheel bolts on all cars with alloy wheels

• Child locks, auto-lock/unlock doors, interior central locking control button

• Remote release fuel flap linked to the central locking

• Visible VIN in windscreen

SEAT Media System 2.2

Altea I-TECH comes fitted with the highly-specified SEAT Media System which includes satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance, five-inch colour touch screen, 3D map display, SD card slot for MP3 playback, DAB radio tuner, Bluetooth audio streaming. It also works in tandem with the steering wheel mounted media controls.

Parking sensors

Front and rear parking sensors come standard on all Altea derivatives.

The sensors generate a beep to warn of obstacles at the rear, using ultrasound devices located on the front and rear bumpers. They begin measuring from 0.6 metres at the side and 1.6 metres at the front or rear of the car. When the distance shortens to about 30 cm, the beeping is continuous. The system also automatically quietens the radio/CD/MP3 output to allow the beeps to be heard more easily.

Hill Hold Control

As well as ESC as standard, Hill Hold Control is too - a clever system that holds the car in place on a slope for two seconds after the brake pedal is released, giving the driver time to hit the accelerator without the car rolling backwards. This feature reduces the need to ‘balance’ the clutch, or use the handbrake every time the car stops on a hill.

Included with Hill Hold Control is Tyre Pressure Monitoring. With this system any sudden tyre pressure loss is highlighted to the driver. 

Bi-xenon headlights

The Altea has the option of bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System) technology provide significant gains in night time visibility.

The car also hasheadlight Coming Home function as standard, already seen on other SEAT models, which turns on the dipped beams for 30 seconds after removing the key from the ignition.

Ownership

Seriously cost-effective, masses of fun

  • Generous standard equipment list
  • Raft of options and customisation accessories to choose from
  • Very low insurance costs and simple fixed price service scheme 
  • Comprehensive warranty cover

Insurance groups

Thanks to low repair costs and standard security features, the Altea continues to enjoy competitively low insurance groups.

Model                                                                   Group rating (1-50)                      

I-TECH 1.6 TDI 105 Ecomotive                  14E

I-TECH 1.6 TDI 105 DSG-auto                   14E

I-TECH 2.0 TDI 140                                   20E

Servicing: It’s Fixed!

All Alteas have the same servicing requirements.  A major service is required only at 20,000-mile intervals with an oil change every 10,000 miles.  Alteas which travel less than 10,000 miles a year require an inspection service, which includes oil change, every 12 months.

In 2012, SEAT introduced its It’s Fixed! servicing scheme, which provides a transparent, easy-to-book and, most importantly, cost-effective way for all SEAT drivers to have their cars serviced - and by fully trained SEAT technicians using only genuine SEAT parts.

Thanks to It’s Fixed!, a minor service is just £139, a first-year service £169, and a major service £249, including VAT and labour. An online booking facility makes it incredibly convenient, and it’s open to all SEAT cars from one- to fifteen years old.

Warranty

The warranty package offered with the revised Altea includes:

  • Three-year/60,000-mile warranty (comprises two-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited mileage plus a further one-year Dealer Warranty limited to 60,000 miles)
  • 12-year anti-perforation warranty – the Altea has a fully-galvanised steel body
  • Three-year paintwork warranty against manufacturing defects
  • Two-year SEAT Assistance roadside assistance package valid in 33 countries throughout Europe and bordering countries

SEAT Altea

EXTERIOR EQUIPMENT

Clear headlights with electric adjustment

Twin front headlights

Front fog lights with cornering function

Rear fog light

Body coloured bumpers with integrated mouldings

Body coloured door handles

Body coloured mirrors

Chrome centre radiator grille surround

Heated door mirrors

Electrically adjustable door mirrors

Electrically folding door mirrors

Black Roof rails 1

Tinted windows

Dark tinted rear windows

Rear wash/wipe

Windscreen wipers integrated in front pillars

Honeycomb grille in front bumper

SEAT logo tailgate release

FUNCTIONAL & MECHANICAL

Dual-zone climate control

Dust and pollen filter

Electric front windows (one touch with anti-squeeze)

Electric rear windows (one touch with anti-squeeze)

Height and reach adjustable steering wheel

Electro-mechanical power steering (speed sensitive)

Cruise control

Rain sensing wipers

Auto headlights

Auto-dimming rear view mirror

Illuminated boot

Illuminated glove box

Front and rear parking sensors

Coming home headlight function

Two 12 volt power supply in centre console (front and rear)

12 volt power supply in boot 1

INTERIOR EQUIPMENT

Driver sunvisor with covered mirror and cardholder

Passenger sunvisor with covered mirror

Illuminated sunvisor mirrors

Two cupholders in front centre console

Two cupholders in centre console for rear passengers

Two-tier storage box in centre console

Storage bin in rear centre console

Storage in front door panels (1.5l bottle)

Storage in rear door panels (1.0l bottle)

Rear seat side storage (0.5l bottle)

Storage pockets in boot

Luggage compartment cover

Four folding roof mounted grab handles

Two-tier boot floor, elasticated cargo net and lashing hooks

Storage box under front seats

Front courtesy light with delay + front map-reading lights

Rear courtesy light with delay + rear reading lights

Removable net partition

Folding tables on front seat backrests1

Roof storage box system

Integrated rear window blinds1

INSTRUMENT PANEL

RPM counter

Trip computer

Digital clock

White instrument lighting with brightness control

Outside temperature gauge

Low fuel warning light

Lights left on warning buzzer

Tyre pressure monitoring

Gearshift indicator

WHEELS

16" 'Elio' titanium finish alloy wheels + 205/55 R16 tyres

Tyre repair kit

SEATS AND TRIM

Driver seat with height adjustment

Front passenger seat with height adjustment

Front seats with lumbar adjustment

Height and tilt adjustable front active head restraints

Three height adjustable rear head restraints

Pocket on front passenger seat backrest

Rear seat central armest/table with 2 cupholders

Leather steering wheel and gear knob

Split folding rear seat backrests (60/40)

Sliding rear seats (140mm forward; 20mm backwards)

Adjustable rear seat backrest inclination

I TECH upholstery and badging

INFOTAINMENT

FM/AM radio

MP3 compatible CD player with combined USB/AUX-in port (CUP)2

Bluetooth Communications Pack Includes:
Handsfree phone connection3 with steering wheel controls, voice control, multi-function display

SEAT Media System (v2.2) Includes:
Satellite navigation with dynamic route guidance, 5" colour screen, 3D map display, SD card slot for MP3 playback, DAB radio tuner, Bluetooth audio streaming and upgraded dash display

Eight speakers

Steering wheel mounted audio controls

Roof-mounted 7" TFT screen with RCA connection

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Driver and front passenger airbags

Front passenger airbag de-activation

Front side airbags

Two curtain airbags

Rear side airbags

Active front head restraints

ABS and TCS (TCS de-activation)

ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with Hill Hold Control and EBA

Driver Steering Recommendation

Multi-link rear suspension

Agile chassis

Volumetric alarm with back-up horn

Electronic engine immobiliser

Three button folding key (lock/unlock/tailgate release)

Drivers' seatbelt reminder

ISOFIX points in rear seats

Remote central locking with deadlocks

Auto lock

Lockable fuel filler cap

Child locks on rear doors

Locking wheel bolts

Height adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiter

Three 3-point rear seat belts

Anti-theft roof antenna

Visible VIN in windscreen

Technology to enjoy

When you get behind the wheel of a SEAT car, you don’t just go for a drive, you go for an experience. One that will capture your imagination and touch your emotions. Covering five key elements, design, efficiency, innovation, performance and technology.

That’s the essence of TECHNOLOGY TO ENJOY. You’ll find it in every new car model that wears the SEAT badge, including our ever-growing and highly-efficient Ecomotive car range. It’s the philosophy that lies behind everything we do as a company. And it will be driving us to develop new and innovative concepts well into the future.

TECHNOLOGY TO ENJOY isn’t just about engineering quality cars today. It’s about bringing more enjoyment to the roads of tomorrow.

About SEAT

SEAT is the only company in its sector with the full-range capacity to design, develop, manufacture and market cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in more than 75 countries. In 2013, SEAT generated the highest revenue in its history, with a total turnover of 6,473 millon euros (up 6.3% on 2012), with overall deliveries amounting to 355,000 units.

SEAT Group employs 14,000 professionals at its three production centres in Barcelona − Zona Franca, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon, amongst other models. Additionally, the company produces the Alhambra in Palmela (Portugal), the Mii in Bratislava (Slovakia) and the Toledo in Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic) at Volkswagen Group plants. 

The Spanish multinational also has a Technical Centre, a ‘knowledge hub’, bringing together close to 1,000 engineers whose goal is to be the driving force behind innovation for the number one industrial investor in R&D in Spain. In line with its declared commitment to environmental protection, SEAT undertakes and bases its core activity on sustainability, namely reduction of CO2 emissions, energy efficiency, as well as recycling and re-use of resources.

SEAT UK enjoyed a tremendous year in 2013, selling 45,312 cars and achieving a 2.0% market share – both company records.  

Management

Board of Directors

Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman, Volkswagen A.G.

SEAT S.A. Executive Committee

Jürgen Stackmann, Chairman,

Holger Kintscher, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Finance and Organization

Dr. Andreas Offermann, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Sales and Marketing

Ramón Paredes Sánchez-Collado, Executive Vice-President for Governmental and Institutional Relations for SEAT and the Volkswagen Group in Spain

Dr. Matthias Rabe, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Research and Development

Josef Schelchshorn, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Human Resources

Dieter Seemann, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Purchasing

Dr. Andreas Tostmann, SEAT Executive Vice-President for Production

UK management

Neil Williamson, Director

Ashley Andrew, Sales Operations

Chris Stevens, Marketing

Nigel Griggs, Service & Parts

Juliet Carrington, Press & PR

Peter McDonald, Fleet & Business

Andrew Tracey, Planning & Supply

Matthew Benns, Customer Quality & Network Development


Documents

Altea press pack
Altea press pack
319 KB Word Doc
Altea Brochure MY15
Altea Brochure MY15
2,303 KB PDF
January Price List 2015
January Price...
4,757 KB PDF