SEAT’s first SUV, The Ateca arrived on the scene in 2016. Based on the solid foundation of the Volkswagen Tiguan, it shares most of the car’s important parts with a different badge. However, there are some key differences which we will explain in this review.
The Ateca recently went through a facelift which include updates to the grille, front and rear bumpers and LED headlights to name a few. The interior is functional and doesn’t feel cheap, but possibly doesn’t have a ‘luxury feel’ to it compared to some of the Premium cars in the market. The interior looks and feels familiar as much of the technology will feel similar to other Volkswagen group vehicles.
The engine options are 1.0, 1.5, 2.0-litre turbo petrol or a 2.0 litre diesel. Many of the engine options are available in manual and automatic. There is still no hybrid or electric option available.
How much space do passengers have?
It’s unlikely that anyone will feel claustrophobic in the front or Rear of the SEAT Ateca with the high ceiling offering plenty of head room. The door openings are large which make easy access for moving young children or items in and out. The Ateca offers more headroom than its competitor, the Nissan Qashqai, and along with this you’ll find it easier to fit three people in the back compared to many of its rivals such as the Volvo XC40 or Toyota CH-R.
How big is the boot?
This is an area where the SEAT Ateca beats comparative cars such as the Kia Sportage and Nissan Qashqai. The boot space is square and broad making it easy to load large items. It will easily accommodate a Bugaboo Pram plus shopping, or your golf clubs - without taking the driver out of the bag. The one downside is that the Ateca no longer offers the height-adjustable boot floor.
How big are the cup holders?
The door pockets will both hold up to a 1.5 litre bottle, as well as two small holders in the central console which will manage to hold a cup of coffee.
What does it come with?
The SEAT Ateca is available in 6 model lines. Which are categorised
SE – The Essential One
SE Technology – The Connected One
FR – The Stylish One
FR Sport – The Sporty One
XPERIENCE – The Indulgent One
XPERIENCE Lux – The Luxury One
Even at the base model, the technology offered on the SEAT as standard is impressive and includes many things you would need to pay to add with a more Premium brand. The SE includes Full Link Smartphone Integration, media system plus, keyless entry, wireless phone charging and front and rear sensors all as standard. Moving through the model lines you get different alloys and exterior features or upgrades to the interior technology and trim.
What we recommend…
The Ateca is a well-rounded, reliable family car and has been recognised as one of the best five-seat family SUVs you can buy. You get a good level of specification without the price tag of some of the more premium options.