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2013. - Production 2012. -
C - Small family car Vehicle class C - Small family car
wagon, 5 door Body style wagon, 5 door
Front Wheel drive Front
Safety
Dimensons & Volumes
4535 mm
Length 4500 mm
1816 mm
Width 1780 mm
1451 mm
Height 1470 mm
587 liters
Boot (min) 415 liters
1470 liters
Boot (max) 1395 liters
50 liters
Fuel tank 53 liters
Engine
Volkswagen
1.8 TFSI
Petrol Fuel Petrol
4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder Configuration 4 - Inline, 4 valves per cylinder
Turbo Aspiration Naturally Aspir.
1798 cc
Displacement 1591 cc
180 hp
Power 136 hp
250 Nm
Torque 165 Nm
Performance (manual gearbox)
manual gearbox - 6 gears
manual gearbox - 6 gears
1255 kg
Vehicle weight 1198 kg
7.8 s
Acc. 0-100 s
226 km/h
Top speed 192 km/h
7.5 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 7.3 l/100km
4.9 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 4.9 l/100km
5.9 l/100km
Cons. (average) 5.8 l/100km
137 g/km
CO2 emissions 130 g/km
Performance (automatic gearbox)
automatic - 7 gears
automatic - 6 gears
1272 kg
Vehicle weight 1230 kg
7.7 s
Acc. 0-100 s
224 km/h
Top speed 190 km/h
7.1 l/100km
Cons. (urban) 9.4 l/100km
4.8 l/100km
Cons. (highway) 5.5 l/100km
5.7 l/100km
Cons. (average) 6.8 l/100km
135 g/km
CO2 emissions 160 g/km
Expenses
11000 EUR
Price from 7900 EUR
Virtual Adviser's™ opinion

Overview

Well, these are two pretty similar cars we have here! It's only details that could potentially make the difference. Considering they both belong to the small family car segment and utilize the same 5-door wagon body style and the front wheel drive system, it all comes up to the specific petrol engine choice they offer. The first one has a Volkswagen-engineered powertrain under the hood, a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 180hp unit, while the other one gets its power and torque from a 4-cylinder, 16-valves 136hp engine designed by Hyundai.

Safety

Both vehicles got tested by European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), with the same number of safety stars gained in the process. Still, apart from the official crash test results there are other things we need to be aware of. Both vehicles belong to the small family car segment, which is generally classifying them somewhere in the middle safety-wise, but it doesn't do much to help us decide between the two. Furthermore, if we'd like to consider vehicle mass in this context too, which we definitely should, the Spanish car offers a marginal difference of 5% more metal.

Reliability

Reliability is not the best thing to consider on the make level, but it is worth mentioning that Hyundai does have a slight advantage, when all the models are taken into account. These are the results of an independent reasearch, while our visitors describe reliability of Seat with an average rating of 4.3, and models under the Hyundai badge with 4.7 out of 5. Unfortunatelly, I don't have enough insight that would allow me to comment in more details on the specific models level. That apart, owners of different cars powered by the same engine as the Spanish car rank it on average as 5.0, while the one under the competitor's bonnet gets 4.4 out of 5.

Performance & Fuel economy

There's not enough data for me to elaborate on the subject, I'm affraid.

Verdict

Hyundai appears just a bit more reliable, although the difference is truly marginal. The most important thing when deciding between any two vehicles should always be safety, both passive and active. In my opinion, everything taken into account, the Spanish car offers slightly better overall protection and takes the lead. When it comes to performance, both vehicles provide similar experience, so I wouldn't point any of them out. Fuel consumption is more or less the same. It's really tough to make a final decision here, but if I'd need to, I'd say Seat. In any case that's my personal view, built upon all the data available to me. What should decide here though is the way you feel about the two vehicles, and I hope you'll find my guidelines useful in the process. I suggest you spend two more minutes in order to find out which car, based on your needs and budget, would be picked by the virtual adviser™, among thousands of similar, yet so different vehicles.
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