Seat Car Reviews
SEAT is a Spanish automobile manufacturer that that was founded in 1950 as a subsidiary of Fiat. Their first car rolled out in 1953, the 1400 model and by 1957 they helped Spain welcome in massive motorization. For many years SEATs were basically just rebadged Fiats. In 1981 however, Fiat withdrew from the SEAT Company and Volkswagen stepped in under contract. SEAT’s first original product was then produced in 1982, the SEAT Ronda. In 1986, Volkswagen became the major share holder in the SEAT Company.
With a shorter history than many other brands, SEAT's motto is "in your face." An attitude not only put forth by their recruitment of young, professional employees, but by their models themselves.
They offer a range of modern, sports-oriented products with unique identifying features. With their World Touring Car Championship trophy as proof that SEAT cars are more than appearance, future models promise outstanding performance. Some popular SEAT models include the Altea, Alhambra, Ibiza, Leon, Exeo, Mii and the Toledo.
The SEAT Mii is a City Car which was officially presented in October 2011. There is currently a 3-door version available, though it is expected that 2012 will bring a 5-door version with an automatic gearbox and gas motor. It has a 1.0L petrol engine but Ecomotive versions of the model are also expected to hit the market in the near future.
The Mii was awarded with a five star overall safety rating under the Euro NCAP scheme, with the standard safety equipment, four airbags and as the first car in its class to feature the automated braking system.
The SEAT Ibiza is a European supermini and is SEAT’s best-selling car. It was originally produced in 1984 and since then has become hugely popular with the younger generations. The Ibiza has been produced in four generations and has been produced in four forms; hatchback, saloon, coupe, and estate.
Another selling feature of the Ibiza is its proclaimed reliability which is high considering the models it competes with. The Ibiza has ranked within the list of UK’s 100 most reliable cars of the last decade, it also performed particularly well in the German magazine’s Autobild endurance tests in 2011 achieving the "best result for a small car in the history of the AutoBild 100,000 km endurance tests".
The SEAT Leon is a small family car. The Leon has been produced for two generations with the third generation of Leon expected in 2012. The Leon sports a five-door hatchback body style and comes with either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The Leon was first produced in 1998. There are also a number of special edition Leon’s on the market including the Copa Edition and the Cupra Edition.
The Leon has also won a wide range of awards including the ‘Red dot’ award and the Denmark ‘Car of the Year’ award in 2006.
The SEAT Altea is a small MPV. The Altea is a five-door MPV that comes in six trim levels, 4 of which are available in the UK. It received a five-star Euro NCAP rating and was first produced in 2004. It has a wide range of engines to choose from, both petrol and diesel as well as 5 transmission options. Another version, the Altea XL, is also available.
The SEAT Toledo is a small family car that, in late 2012, saw the release of its fourth generation. The Toledo comes as a five-door hatchback, a four-door saloon, or as a five-door liftback depending on the generation it was produced in. The Toledo was first produced in 1991 and whilst production finished in 2009, it is now back, as of 2012, with the fourth generation of the model.
The SEAT Exeo is a five-seat large family car which is featured as SEAT’s flagship model. It was put into production in December, 2008. The Exeo is available as a 4-door saloon or a 5 door estate and has a wide range of petrol or diesel engines to choose from; 6 petrol, 2 diesel.
The Exeo is another SEAT which has won awards one being the ‘Car of the Year 2010’ in Finland, by the Finish magazine Tuulilasi.
The SEAT Alhambra is a large MPV with 7 seats. The Alhambra spans two generations and has been in production since 1996. The latest model comes with a choice of 4 different engines and the option of manual or automatic transmission systems. The Alhambra achieved a 5 star safety rating from Euro NCAP and has also won a number of Awards, 2 of which were British one of which was the ‘Best MPV on the market’ award in 2011, from the British magazine 'WhatCar?'.