Review: SEAT Altea XL (2007 – 2015)


Longer than standard Altea. Very roomy inside and a huge boot. Decent amount of kit. Excellent crash test rating.

Only five seats. Less versatile than a Renault Scenic. Ride quality not forgiving enough

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5 April 2018

No official word from VAG, but ECU testing believes that the DQ200 7-speed dry cutch Mechatronics control box was finally re-engineered in 2016. This DSG 7 control unit is a common failure with engines... Read more

8 July 2017

Announcement on Reuters that Volkswagen (VAG) is recalling 766,000 VW Golf Mk VIs, Audi A3s, Skoda Octavias and SEAT Leons worldwide for a software update to their braking control systems. It is designated... Read more

27 March 2017

Report of SEAT Altea XL 1.6TDI DSG running roughly, stalling and jolting after the NOx emissions fix. SEAT says it is the clutch pack failing. Read more

SEAT Altea XL (2007 – 2015): At A Glance

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DSG gearbox problems

I have a SEAT Altea and the DSG 7 gear box completely failed (went from 4th to 1st). SEAT will not accept any responsibility even though the fault is not down to wear or tear. I have been quoted £6500 for repairs. I have been told that the failure is typical of incidents reported worldwide. What is this problem?
The dry clutch DSG7 has had a lot of problems the commonest of which was due to having been filled with synthetic oil on the production line because when this gets very hot it becomes conductive and fuses the Mechatronics unit. The worldwide service bulletin was to replace the synthetic oil with mineral oil, but this only applied to DSG7 from 2010 to 2013. All dual clutch transmissions require a routine change of transmission fluid anyway every 3 - 4 years. The Altea XL is dated from 2007, but you did not state how old yours is. Supplier and manufacturer liability generally ends after 6 years. For a cheaper fix than the ridiculous £6500, tray a member of
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