This is the first official glimpse of Seat’s answer to the Ford Focus C-Max: the Altea. It’s due to hit UK showrooms in July with prices starting at around £13,000.
Seat has decided to call its midi-MPV five-seater a Multi Sports Vehicle, and the looks have been toned down slightly from the MPV-cum-hatchback concept pictured here, and presented at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Gone are the hidden rear door handles – and hence the coupé look – and pronounced spoiler, while 16in alloy wheels replace the concept’s 19in items. Deeper windows and a raised tail give a more conventional, less sporty style, but it’s still handsome for an MPV, as you can see from our gallery pictures.
Walter de’Silva’s strong design cues, such as the prominent grille, sleek headlamps and deep swage line along the flanks, will feature in all future Seat models.
Other features carried over from the concept include the deep air dam with honeycomb grille and innovative vertically parking wipers, which hide in pockets in the A-pillars. Conventional seats aside, the cabin remains largely unchanged, retaining the distinctive three-dial binnacle and substantial centre console.