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SEAT Ateca (2016–)

Last updated 23 May 2019

Length 4363 mm
Width 1841 mm
Height 1601–1625 mm
Wheelbase 2630–2638 mm
Boot Space -

Full specifications


The interior design may not be particularly daring, but the Ateca gets all the basics right with a good driving position - raised up giving you a better view forward - and a simple layout to all the controls. It's certainly function over form, so while it's all a bit drab and dark, at least you can turn the heater up easily...

That's not to say this is an old fashioned car. Far from it. It comes with an improved version of SEAT's touchscreen system which looks better and is intuitive. Entry models come with a five-inch screen which isn't the best to be honest, but SE models and above get a better eight-inch high res display. If you go for navigation you'll find a clear system that's easy to programme (with full UK postcodes) and quick to route. 

The Ateca has a well finished interior with a nice solid thud to the doors and very little noise on the move, either from engine or road. SEAT has clearly worked on refinement with good sound insulation and there's minimal wind noise too - something which can often blight a car this size.

What's impressive is the amount of space inside. The Ateca doesn't look that big from the outside but there's lots of room inside, especially in the back. It means that if you have toddlers in car seats, you won't have to endure the back of your seat being kicked for a two hour journey. The rear doors open nice and wide and there's lots of head room, handy if you've got ever-growing teenagers. 

There's also a big boot with a wide opening and a small boot lip. You can easily get a pushchair in there along with a few bags of shopping and it's appreciably bigger than a Nissan Qashqai, and similar to a Hyundai Tucson - one of the best crossovers around. If you want to really splash out there's even the option of an electric tailgate plus a double floor system.

One disappointment however is the lack of a spare wheel. The Ateca only comes with a can of tyre repair sealant as standard. If you want a space saver you'll have to pay an extra £105.

Standard equipment from launch (September 2016):

S models come with 16-inch alloys, electric door mirror adjustment, SEAT’s Media System Touch with Bluetooth, USB port, SD card slot and four-speaker audio, height-adjustable driver’s seat, split-folding rear seats, boot light, front armrest, leather steering wheel and gear knob trim, power windows, seven airbags, Tiredness Recognition system and the new Front Assist and City Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Protection.

SE adds 17-inch alloys, roof rails, auto-folding door mirrors, LED taillights, front fog lights with a cornering function, rear reading lights, ambient cabin illumination, rear armrest, roof console with sunglasses holder, front passenger seat height adjustment, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, SEAT Drive Profile with Driving Experience button and the Media System Plus, with eight-inch colour touchscreen, integrated voice control and eight-speaker audio.

SE Technology models upgrade to 18-inch bi-colour alloys and add navigation, using 3D mapping and a high-res colour display. There is also an additional SD card slot and the audio system provides DAB radio reception. Style touches include chrome window surrounds and aluminium-finish roof rails.

First Edition is equipped with full LED headlights, bi-colour 18-inch wheels, satellite navigation, KESSY keyless entry and go, a power tailgate with hands-free 'virtual pedal' opening and closing function, rear-view camera, dark-tinted rear windows and a choice of three dedicated metallic paint finishes.

Xcellence has 18-inch Performance alloy wheels, twin chrome tailpipes, aluminium roof rails, dark-tinted rear privacy glass, full LED headlights and taillights, welcome lights in the door mirrors, rearview camera, LED ambient interior lighting with eight colour options, KESSY keyless entry and go, leather upholstery, black headlining, aluminium door sills, and a Connectivity Hub in the centre console, including a wireless charger. It also comes with a Convenience Pack comprising auto headlights and wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and automatic coming and leaving home lighting.

List Price from £21,945
Buy new from £17,483
Contract hire from £203.06 per month

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