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Fri, 25 Aug 2006

Two years after the Seat Altea hatchback was launched comes the extended XL version, which effectively becomes a mini-MPV thanks to a 187mm increase in length. This of course benefits the interior most, the trunk growing from 409 liters to 635 with the rear bench pushed forward - though is conspicuously without the extra row of seats offered by rivals. Outside, changes are most noticeable at the rear where the styling theme has been softened to reflect the car's renewed family-focus. Graphically, the license plate remains sited in the bumper, though the tail-lamps now grow into the hatch in a somewhat sombre fashion compared with the still-fresh face.

Two petrol engines and three diesels will be available from launch, with outputs ranging from 102PS for the 1.6l petrol to 170PS for the 2.0l TDI. Buyers of the Seat Altea XL will be able to choose from three trim levels: Reference, Stylance and Sport-Up.

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