The Altea XL has been the most recent model to join the SEAT range, and it is also the first model equipped with the totally new 160 hp 1.8 TFSI engine. This new and enhanced 1.8 litre engine uses turbo-charged petrol direct injection technology that has been tried and tested on other SEAT engines.
The more compact engine block takes up less space in the engine bay, and the new counter-rotating shaft arrangement results in reduced vibrations for lower noise levels.
The 1.8 TFSI also sets new power and torque standards. Its turbo charger and the new engine management provide even faster response at low revs, enabling the torque to flow more gradually. Its maximum torque of 250 Nm is available throughout a wide rev range, from 1500 to 4200 rpm.
Powered with this engine, the Altea XL reaches a top speed of 210 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds. The engine’s elasticity gives it 80 to 120 km/h in-gear acceleration of 10.4 and 13.3 seconds in fifth and sixth gears. Consumption levels have been registered at 10.5 litres in city driving, 6.2 out of town and only 7.7 combined for every 100 km.
As a result, the Altea XL 1.8 TFSI is positioned as an interesting petrol engine alternative, combining excellent performance, contained fuel consumption levels and great driving pleasure.
With this new engine, the Altea XL offer includes two petrol (the already mentioned 1.8 160 hp 1.8 TFSI and an additional 102 hp 1.6) and three diesel versions – the 105 hp 1.9 TDI, the 140 hp manual or DSG 2.0 TDI and the 170 hp 2.0 TDI.
The best chassis provides the greatest safety
The 160 hp Altea XL 1.8 TFSI, only available in Sport-up version, features stiffer coils than on Reference and Stylance models, more in tune with the car’s power and performance levels; which does not put the sporty feeling the engine provides at odds with fail-safe active safety.
The front McPherson suspension springs are perfectly angled and include rigid silentblocks that provide great stability in any driving conditions, from sudden load shifts to braking in curves. The silentblocks also reduce loads on the driveshaft during acceleration and braking and minimise rocking.
The rear suspension features a multilink set-up, where three transverse and one longitudinal arm take care of guiding the wheels with truly exceptional dynamic qualities and smoothness. The near perfect wheel alignment also reduces both understeering and slip angles.
Thanks to SEAT’s DSR Agile Chassis concept, greater control and lower response time result in greater safety. Reducing command time between the steering wheel and the car’s response guarantees absolute control. But this is more than just a sensation – the Altea XL turns surprisingly fast, with hardly any body roll despite what might be expected from a vehicle with a relatively high chassis.
This is achieved by careful tuning of springs and dampers, specific tyres with a lower slip angle and variable assistance electro-mechanical steering.
This engine is solely available in the Sport-up trim, which implies 25% stiffer suspension ratings, and 23mm front and 19.6 mm rear stabiliser bars.
Finally, the Altea XL with this trim level includes standard ESP electronic stability control + DSR. Combined with the EBA emergency brake assistance, it takes advantage of the system’s capacity to increase braking power in case of emergency, and automatically activates on the car’s hazard warning lights.
Greater roominess and flexibility
The Altea XL features exceptional interior roominess and passenger compartment flexibility, as well as ample boot space.
To illustrate this, the boot capacity of the new model is 532 litres, but sliding the rear seats forward 14 centimetres adds a further 100 litres. The total figure of 635 litres represents a larger boot capacity than any of the Altea XL’s competitors, and if the rear seats are completely folded, the total volume increases to 1,604 litres.
The car is also exceptionally roomy in the back because the rear seat also slides back 2 centimetres for added legroom, while the boot capacity remains at 517 litres. This arrangement makes it possible to slide the rear seats a total of 16 centimetres on the Altea XL.
To keep up with its excellent performance levels, the Altea XL 1.8 TFSI will only be sold in its Sport-up version, which is the sportiest of the entire range.
A closer view of the exterior reveals 17 inch Zenith rims shod with 225/45 tyres, Elox coloured roof racks, foglamps and body coloured electric, heated door mirrors with parking positioning.
The interior features prominent sports seats with specific Sport-up upholstery, dual zone climate control, CD MP3 radio with Aux-in, eight speakers and steering wheel mounted controls, rain sensing wipers, tyre pressure and lights-on sensors, cruise control and board computer and flexible rear parcel tray, among others.
Safety equipment includes six standard airbags, ESP stability control with Driver Steering Recommendation and EBA emergency braking assistance, ABS + TCS and Isofix anchoring points for child seats.
An optionally available dock enables Tom Tom 710 navigator connectivity. Located on the left of the instrument panel and powered directly by the car, the stand firmly holds the portable navigator and takes advantage of the car’s audio set-up to transmit voice instructions. The Tom Tom 710 navigator database has been personalised with the entire European SEAT dealership network and is available through the SEAT accessories catalogue.
The model also features a complete list of optional elements, including a 6.5 inch colour or black and white screen dynamic navigator, Bluetooth telephone installation, sweeping dual xenon headlamps + AFS, rear side airbags and iPod or USB connection for MP3 devices or Pen drive memory sticks, among others.
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Source: Seat Press Release