SEAT Ateca (2016–)

Model History

February 2016

SEAT Ateca unveiled

The Ateca will be available in a wide range of variants. The choice of turbocharged TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines spans from 115PS to 190PS, with either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive, mated to manual or dual-clutch DSG transmissions.

The extensive array of technology options extends from full-LED headlights through a broad portfolio of assistance systems, including some of the very latest Group technology, such as Traffic Jam Assist and Emergency Assist, right through to a package of high-end infotainment systems with eight-inch touchscreens and Full Link connectivity. Three trim levels will offer colours and top-quality materials to suit every taste, with the top-of-the-range being the Ateca Xcellence.

4,360mm long x 1,841mm wide x 1,600mm high, on 2,640mm wheelbase

At 4.36 metres in length, the Ateca offers some of the best use of space in the segment, with a load area that holds 510 litres in its standard configuration, or, 485 litres in versions with all-wheel-drive. Two wheel drive version can be offered with a space saver spare wheel.

April 2016

Ateca prices revealed

Keenly priced from £17,990, kicking things off, the entry-level S has all the essential kit which a growing family or young-at-heart couple might need. On the inside, the classy interior includes air conditioning, Media System Touch five-inch touchscreen with USB and SD connectivity, leather steering wheel and gearknob, plus split-folding rear seats with reclining function.

On the outside, Ateca’s stylish lines are complemented by 16-inch ‘Design’ alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights.

Moving up to the expected UK best-selling trim level, SE, brings in an array of comfort, convenience and style features, including dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors and rear parking sensors.

As buyers have come to expect from the Spanish marque, technology touches also abound. Among them is Full Link (SEAT’s seamless three-in-one connectivity solution for smartphones and tablets), together with an upgraded infotainment in the form of Media System Plus with eight-inch colour touchscreen, USB/Aux-in port, SD card slot, eight speakers, voice control and Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free system. Externally, the mid-trim level looks sharp with 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ alloy wheels, LED taillights and black roof rails.

Rounding off the initial UK line-up, at least until the ‘First Edition’ version is confirmed in May, is Xcellence. The new flagship trim ushers in a plethora of enticing premium features, including four new innovations for SEAT.

The first is a Connectivity Hub with Wireless Phone Charger which also boosts in-car phone signal, as well as multi-colour interior ambient lighting with LED interior illumination and a choice of eight colours. Penultimately, comes an ‘Ateca’ welcome light silhouette which is projected onto the ground from the bottom of the door mirrors, and finally, SEAT Drive Profile with Driving Experience selector.

This latest evolution of the brand’s tried and tested technology allows the driver to adjust Ateca’s set-up (steering, throttle response and gear change speeds – the latter on DSG-equipped versions) according to road and weather conditions or personal preferences, including Off-road and Snow modes on four-wheel-drive versions.

Version CO2 g/km On-the-road
price (inc. VAT)
S 1.0 TSI 115 Ecomotive 119 £17,990
S 1.6 TDI 115 Ecomotive 112 £20,175
SE 1.0 TSI 115 Ecomotive 123 £19,590
SE 1.4 TSI 150 EcoTSI 125 £21,015
SE 1.6 TDI 115 Ecomotive 112 £21,900
SE 2.0 TDI 150 114 £22,930
SE 2.0 TDI 150 DSG-auto 116 £24,275
XCELLENCE 1.4 TSI 150 EcoTSI 125 £23,905
XCELLENCE 2.0 TDI 150 114 £25,815
XCELLENCE 2.0 TDI DSG-auto 150 116 £27,165
XCELLENCE 2.0 TDI 150 4Drive 128 £27,425
XCELLENCE 2.0 TDI 190 DSG-auto 4Drive 131 £29,990

April 2017

SEAT Ateca FR revealed

The FR will sit below the XCELLENCE versions and comes with 18-inch ‘Performance’ alloy wheels (19-inch machined optional), combined with body coloured wheelarches and side skirts that come with an aluminium moulding running along the lower section of the doors.

The rear window is framed by black spoilers, with the rear spoiler matching the car’s bodywork colour. The rear bumpers are also exclusively designed for the FR and also come in the same colour as the bodywork. The grille comes in gloss black, while the LED front fog lights have also received an exclusive FR design treatment.

The cabin gets sports seats in Alcantara (leather is optional) and the aluminium pedals. There is red stitching on the steering wheel, seats and gear lever gaiter. Engines will include both 150PS and 190PS versions of the 2.0 TDI plus a new 2.0 TSI 190 unit. A range of manual and DSG-auto transmissions feature. Four-wheel-drive will be available on both 2.0 TDI engines, plus, the new 2.0 TSI. DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) and progressive steering will also be available.

1.4 Eco TSI 150PS (manual) - £24,960

1.4 Eco TSI 150PS (DSG auto) - £26,340

2.0 TSI 190PS 4Drive (DSG auto) - £29,760

2.0 TDI 150PS 4Drive (manual) - £28,410

2.0 TDI 190PS 4Drive (DSG auto) - £30,930

November 2017

2.0 litre versions of the SEAT Ateca are coming through with the VAG DQ500 7-speed wet clutch DSG rather than the DQ250 6-speed wet clutch DSG.

June 2019

SEAT Ateca voted best in the 1,400-1,549kg category of the 2019 Practical Caravan Tow Car Awards.