Seat Altea vs Volkswagen Golf

Seat Altea

Volkswagen Golf

The full release provide of the Seat Altea and Seat Altea XL 2009 range contains 35 various versions divided into two body styles, nine motor choices - five petrol and four Diesel, four gearboxes (5 and 6-speed manual, and 6 and 7-speed DSG), and three versions - Reference, Style and Sport. The provide is full with a new entry-level version and the Seat Altea Freetrack model, which is available with either two or four-wheel drive and the Sport trim level.

The new Seat Altea 2009 range is available with a broad equipment list as traditional. The entry-level version features the 85 hp 1. 4 and 90 hp 1. 9 TDI engines on the Seat Altea and only the 90 hp 1. 9 TDI on the Seat Altea XL, with components such as ABS and TCS, ESP with EBA, driver and passenger airbag, side airbags, head airbag, back Isofix anchoring points, front performance one-touch anti-trap windows, remote controlled central locking, tinted glass, 15 inch metal rims, 195/65 tyres, double headlights, anti-theft roof aerial, sliding back seatings, cargo compartments on the sides of the front and back seatings, central control panel cargo compartment, cargo hooks on the boot sides and back parcel shelf with cargo compartments, among others.

As with the Seat León, the Seat Altea range continues with the Reference version, which builds on the entry-level version with trip computer, CD radio + MP3 + 6 speakers + Aux in, low tyre pressure warning, climate control, body colour door mirrors and handles, front active headrests (on the Seat Altea XL) and back door folding shades (also on the Seat Altea XL).
Like the more than 680000, units of previous Volkswagen Golf cabriolets built, the new Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet also has a classic soft top - that is, a material top. Why material and not metal as on the Eos? A glance at the new model is telling: at a length of 4246, mm, the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet has a significantly more compact construction than the 4423, mm long Eos. The two cars take fully independent embraces to look-and-feel, positioning and cabriolet layout.

Although Volkswagen is using a material top on the Volkswagen Golf, the four-seater is one of the quietest of cabriolets. Its soothing quiet ride is attributable to the sophisticated layout of the material roof as well as new window and door seals. Wind noises in the high frequency range above 5000, Hz are perceived as especially annoying, since they make it difficult hold a conversation while driving (articulation index). Volkswagen examined this articulation index in-depth and evaluated experiences in other cars. The results: the Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet actually sets new standards for acoustics in cabriolets.

The soft top itself consists of a linkage, a roofliner, insulating filler layer throughout and look cover. Perfection in everyday practicality: the development team developed the joints of the longitudinal seams of the look cover fabrics (centre panel and two side panels) so that they serve as an add-on drip rail. Perfection in aerodynamics: mounted between the longitudinal frames of the top linkage are a total of 4 roof cross bows and the so-called front roof bow (the first big transverse element behind the windscreen frame). In turn, the soft top is joined to the roof bows by screw-fastened material retention strips. Consequently, even at higher speeds, the material roof does not fill with air. And that has a positive effect on aerodynamics.

When the roof is stowed, the upper surface of the front roof bow covers the top surface of the cargo box. This eliminates the need for a separate cover. The results: the traditional fully-automatic electro-hydraulic top opens (9. 0seconds) and and closes (11. 0seconds) faster. additionally, it does not need to descend as deeply into the larger bootspace (250 litres with roof up or down).