SEAT Ateca (2016) Review

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SEAT Ateca (2016) At A Glance


+Very comfortable and refined with impressive ride quality. Lots of room for those in the back along with a large boot. Good value for money. 1.6 TDI should prove very economical. Five star Euro NCAP rating.

-No spare wheel as standard. Cabin design is drab. Slack throttle response in some automatic versions.

Insurance Groups are between 9–18
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure

It was a long time coming but SEAT finally has a crossover - the Ateca. With styling inspired by the popular Leon, it's a good looking if not especially daring design, but what the Ateca majors on is practicality, space and comfort.

The Ateca also represents good value for money. It may use the same base as the Volkswagen Tiguan, but it has a much more affordable list price compared to its counterpart. For example, the entry-level version gets a good amount of standard kit yet is cheaper and more economical than even the most basic Hyundai Tucson.

The mid-level SE is the best choice if you want plenty of equipment without breaking the bank as it comes with dual-zone climate control, an eight-inch colour touchscreen, heated door mirrors, cruise control and 17-inch alloys.

Easy to drive and quiet on the move, the Ateca ticks all the right boxes as family transport helped by a big and user-friendly boot, rear seats with lots of leg room plus wide opening doors. It certainly feels more spacious than a Nissan Qashqai.

It drives well too with well weighted steering and good stability through corners. It's not the kind of car designed to be thrown into bends, but it copes admirably and feels stable and reassuring. It should also be cheap to run, particularly if you go for the 1.6 TDI which can average more than 65mpg according to the official figures at least.

For those that don't need diesel-power, the 1.4 TSI with 150PS provides smooth and brisk performance, making it ideal if you aren't covering long distances.

The Ateca is an easy crossover to recommend - helped by the fact it represents a lot of car for the money. Inside it feels more spacious than the competition yet is impressively refined and easy to drive. If you want a good quality crossover - look no further. 


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Real MPG average for a SEAT Ateca (2016)


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29–60 mpg

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Are all-season tyres worth the extra cost?
"My SEAT Ateca tyres (215/55/R17 94V) are down to 4mm and will be replaced in the next couple of months. Are all-season tyres worth investing in considering the extra expense? If they are, which ones do you recommend? Which ordinary tyres would you recommend if I choose not to purchase all-weather tyres? Comfort, durability, braking effectiveness and road noise are obviously required for any tyres I will purchase. Are there any deals out there for the purchase of four tyres? Many thanks."
Whether you need/want all-season tyres will really depend on how capable you find your current tyres. All-season tyres are more expensive, so depends on whether you'd be getting the best value from them. For example, if you live on a hill or down a steep driveway, regularly see snow and/or ice where you live, or simply find summer tyres don't give you the grip you want in winter months etc - then I'd advise all-season tyres. If you see regular bad weather that affects your driving, I'd probably suggest swapping between summer and winter instead — i.e. northern parts of England and Scotland could require winter tyres more so than all-season as the weather can get more severe than, say, in the Midlands. If you want all-season tyres then I'd recommend Michelin CrossClimate+ or Goodyear Vector 4Seasons Gen-2. As for 'standard' summer tyres, I'd probably go with the Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2 as they're quiet (A for wet grip, B for fuel economy, fairly quiet) and refined. Another choice would be Michelin Primacy 4 (A for wet grip, fairly quiet but only a C for fuel economy). Bridgestone Turanza are rated A for fuel economy and wet grip, however, they're rated at 71dB for noise, which can be considerably louder than tyres under 70dB. I'd check Kwik Fit and Black Circles for deals, Black Circles certainly has some for the ones I've mentioned. ASDA tyres might also be worth a look for offers and discounts. It's best to shop around online as the deals change regularly but there are usually offers to be had if you're buying a full set.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Why does a wing mirror replacement cost £550?
"The passenger door wing mirror on my 2017 SEAT Ateca needs replacing. I've been quoted £550 by the SEAT garage. Does this not seem a bit excessive to you?"
That's a lot of money but, considering the complexity of modern door mirrors (and all the electrics they contain), it's not massively surprising. Try shopping around - you might find one cheaper from another SEAT dealer or from a third-party supplier. You could also get a used example from a scrapyard. Otherwise, consider claiming on your insurance.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you recommend a good crossover with a heated windscreen?
"I’m looking to change my SEAT Leon for a higher seating position. The only criteria I have is I would like a quick clearing front windscreen. What would you recommend? Many thanks."
The SEAT Ateca's a very good SUV, which is also available with a heated windscreen. If you want something smaller, consider the excellent Ford Puma.
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend the best used, small crossover?
"I'm looking for a used, compact SUV/crossover for around £14,000. I do mainly town driving and short motorway trips, so was thinking a petrol automatic would be best, but could also go with a slick manual. My main requirements are high seating for a bad back, an engaging drive and something that looks good, but is also comfortable. I kept my last car for 14 happy years of driving, and would hopefully do at least 10 years with this one. I've done lots of research but I'm still finding this a really difficult decision, so would appreciate your recommendations. The lack of rear visibility puts me off the Toyota C-HR. I liked the Honda HR-V, but found the petrol engine a little underpowered. The Suzuki Vitara S seems to fit the bill too, although I'm concerned I'll be paying for an AWD system I don't use and some reviews mention numb steering when on the motorway. The Audi Q3 or SEATAteca are also a consideration. I could go on, but hopefully you can sense my confusion. What would see as the best option in my price range? "
The C-HR would be the best choice. It was rated as one of the best cars in the UK for comfort in our recent Satisfaction Index and Toyota has an excellent reputation for reliability: An alternative to the C-HR would be the 2.0 petrol Mazda CX-3. It's one of the most stylish crossovers and has a high quality cabin.
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a SEAT Ateca (2016) cost?

Buy new from £18,521 (list price from £24,110)