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First drive: Seat Altea Freetrack 4 – on sale now



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The family crossover market has been flooded with so many models that manufacturers have to concentrate on features which set their model apart from the rest.

Whereas Mazda’s CX-7 focused on its sporting credentials rather than its off-road capability, the Altea Freetrack 4 does the opposite, with several of them churning up mud on an off-road course at Cannock Chase on the UK launch.

The Freetrack 4 is based on the Altea XL and is Seat’s first all-road vehicle. There is a two-wheel drive version on sale in Spain, but Seat will stick with the four-wheel drive model in the UK.

There’s just one highly specified model and two engines to choose from. A particular highlight is the rear-seat multimedia system with a roof-mounted seven inch screen with connection links for DVD players, video games, laptop computers or MP3 players.

True to Seat’s youth brand image, the 2.0-litre 198bhp petrol and 2.0-litre 168bhp TDI diesel engines on offer make for extremely quick progress for a car of its size.

The Altea, with annual sales of around 6,000 units, is the third best seller in the Seat line-up.

Predictions are that the Freetrack 4 will push annual Altea sales closer to 7,000.

  • Click on the next page to view the full list of specification which comes with the Altea Freetrack 4.

    #AM_ART_SPLIT# Standard equipment includes:


  • Exclusive Freetrack front and rear bumpers and wheelarches in scratch-resistant plastic
  • Honeycomb grille in front bumper
  • Windscreen wipers integrated in front pillars
  • Tinted windows
  • Dark tinted rear-side windows
  • Roof rails (silver coloured)
  • Chromed sports exhaust pipes
  • 225/50 all-road tyres on 7J x 17 inch ‘Conector’ alloy wheels, with space saver spare wheel


  • Roof storage box with entertainment system
  • Integrated rear window blinds
  • Two cupholders in front central console
  • Folding tables on front seat backrests
  • Ashtray and cigarette lighter
  • Storage box in central console with two-level storage facilities
  • Storage bin in rear central console
  • Storage boxes under front seats
  • Rear seat side storage (0.5 litre bottle)
  • Storage in front door panels (1.5 litre bottle)
  • Storage in rear door panels (1.0-litre bottle)
  • Pocket on front seat backrests
  • Storage pockets in boot (elastic webbing on right and net on left)
  • Two-tier boot floor with concealed compartments, cargo net and lashing hooks
  • Removable net partition
  • Illuminated boot
  • Retractable luggage compartment cover
  • Three folding roof grab handles (plus driver's sunglasses holder)
  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors (covered)

    Functional and mechanical equipment

  • Dual zone climate control (driver and passenger)
  • Rain sensor (automatic windscreen wipers)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Heated washer nozzles
  • Dust and pollen filter
  • Electric front and rear windows (one touch with anti-squeeze)
  • Twin headlights with electrical range adjustment, light sensor (automatic function) and coming home feature
  • Headlight washer system
  • Integrated front fog lamps
  • Heated, electrically adjustable and folding door mirrors (bumper coloured)
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Pre-installed towbar electrics
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Six speed gearbox
  • ‘Haldex’ intelligent four-wheel drive system
  • Electro-mechanical power steering (speed sensitive)
  • Sports suspension with improved ground clearance (40 mm higher than Altea XL)
  • 2 x 12 volt power supply (in front central console and boot)

    Audio equipment

  • FM/AM Radio
  • Eight speakers
  • MP3-compatible CD player
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Rear seat entertainment system (7" TFT screen with RCA connection)

    Safety and security

  • Driver and front passenger airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • Two curtain airbags
  • Switchable ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme) with EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and DSR (Driver Steering Recommendation)
  • Height-adjustable front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiter
  • Seat belt warning system (driver's seat)
  • Front active head restraints
  • Three 3-point rear seat belts
  • ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and TCS (Traction Control System) with TCS deactivation
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Remote central locking with deadlocks
  • Three-button folding key (lock/unlock/tailgate unlock)
  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Volumetric alarm with back-up horn
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Anti-theft roof antenna

    Instrument panel

  • Red instrument lighting with brightness control
  • Outside temperature display
  • Multi-function display with trip functions
  • Lights-on warning buzzer

    Seats and trim

  • Sports seats
  • Sports steering wheel in leather
  • Height and lumbar adjustable driver and front passenger seats
  • Leather gear knob with Freetrack logo
  • Height and tilt adjustable front active head restraints
  • Three height-adjustable rear head restraints
  • Rear seat central armrest/table with two cupholders
  • Forward sliding rear seats (14 cm forward and 2 cm backwards)
  • Split/folding rear seat back rests (60/40)
  • Adjustable rear seat back rest inclination
  • Exclusive part leather Freetrack upholstery
  • Exclusive brown/black interior trim
  • Brown air vent surrounds with chromed regulators
  • Brown bezel on radio and air conditioning controls

    Altea Freetrack 4 optional equipment (where not standard fit)

  • Rear side airbags
  • Bluetooth communications pack
  • Satellite navigation (inc. Bluetooth communications pack)
  • Bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front lighting System)
  • Heated front seats
  • Metallic paint
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