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SEAT Altea Freetrack 4 (2007–2009)

Last updated 27 October 2017

Four wheel drive version of Altea XL, creating an SUV MPV. Surprisingly good both on and off road.
Steel sumpguard is a £180 extra and you need it. Didn't last long on the market.
Updated 8 July 2017

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When I first drove the SEAT Altea I didn't like it.

And that was not because the launch was in Watford rather then Altea.

I couldn't get on with the way the tall body handled, the 140 diesel that bogged down then catapulted the car forward, and the coalface of a dashboard.

But since then it's been allowed to grow 13" into the XL. And now SEAT is offering a version of the XL with four-wheel drive, that they call the Freetrack 4.

Renault tried this sort of thing before, not very successfully, with the facelift Scenic RX4 that had a spare wheel on the back and used a lot of fuel.

But SEAT, being part of VWG and availing itself of VWG's parts bin, has taken a different route and fitted the Altea Freetrack 4 with the same Audi quattro-derived running gear as the Skoda Octavia Scout. And either the 170PS version of the 2.0TDI or the 200PS 2.0TSI petrol engine.

SEAT Altea Freetrack 2007 Road Test

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Great fun to drive and very practical ..
An unusual, practical, sporty, all-road, all-purpose car, and I love it!

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