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By Jonathan Crouch
Added 6th November, 2015
You can't deny that MPV People Carriers are a good idea - but that doesn't mean every family will want one, even if cost and practicality suggest that they should. For some, driving around in a car of this kind is just too dull, which is where something like this Altea might strike a very welcome chord. Although this SEAT may leave some potential buyers scratching their heads and wondering what exactly it's trying to be, if you're not too hung up on vehicle definitions and prefer something that's fun, stylish and practical, it's well worth a look.
We'd certainly want to stretch to this post-2009 version with its higher-tech engines. We might ignore the lengthened 'XL' bodystyle though, unless space really was a deciding factor. In standard guise, the Altea was much more of a looker. That fact, along with value pricing, might tempt you into looking at one, at which point you'll find that this car has much more to recommend it. We reckon this car is a brilliant used buy.
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At the end of the day, it's horses for courses. If you're a red-blooded hot hatch enthusiast, you'll have no time for eco-conscious hot hatches like this one. You'll want a Renaultsport Clio 200 and happily put up with its firm ride, noisy engine and high running costs. The Ibiza Cupra is for a more thoughtful kind of buyer.
Someone with bills to pay and a green conscience. Someone who still loves to grip-and-go but doesn't need to be doing it every waking mile. For you, this Ibiza Cupra will suit perfectly, quick but resolutely high-tech and in every way 21st century. Truly a shopping rocket of our times.
The Arona, says SEAT, is designed for 'drivers looking for a sense of excitement, distinction and functionality. People who know that age is just a number, not an outlook on life.' In other words, the people who've been busily buying Nissan Jukes and Renault Capturs in considerable numbers over the last five years. The Spanish maker wants in on this lucrative market and this little Crossover looks to have everything necessary to entitle them to a useful slice of sales in this segment.
The potential for personalisation will be key to this car's prospects, as will the efficiency made possible by its efficient engines and light, stiff MQB chassis. It's taken some time for the Iberian maker to bring us a Crossover of this kind but we can see quite a few target Arona customers feeling that the wait has been worthwhile.
SEAT's Arona is a small SUV with an important role to play in the Spanish maker's model line-up. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.
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