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SEAT Ateca (2016–)

Last updated 5 February 2019

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Kerb weight 1280–1610 kg
Warranty 3 years / 60000 miles
Servicing 18,000 miles

Full specifications

Driving

'Easy to drive' probably best sums up the Ateca. It's a stress-free, undemanding sort of car that makes ideal family transport. You won't be surprised to find out that it's very much like the Tiguan on the move - the two share the same chassis.

What it does particularly well is comfort. There may be few thrills to be had, but thanks to forgiving suspension that - albeit on the firm side - is usually smooth, the Ateca is a relaxing car to drive or travel in. It's quiet too, even at motorway speeds, which further reinforces that sense of refinement.

It does corner well for a crossover of this size, helped by good body control and reasonable amounts of grip. It's not the kind of car you're going to be throwing into a corner, but it handles sudden changes of direction well, feeling reassuringly stable.

The steering has a nice weight to it, while the clutch and gear change have the usual precision we've come to expect from a car in the Volkswagen collective. Ultimately it's simply a very pleasant and comfortable family car.

Most models are front-wheel drive - and handle perfectly well - but if you want four-wheel drive, SEAT's 4Drive system is available with the 2.0 TDI engine. True, few people will every venture anywhere more dangerous than the local Sainsbury's car park, but the extra traction of 4Drive is useful if you're going to be using your Ateca to tow a caravan or live in a rural area where you regular get heavy rain or snow in the winter. 

Four-wheel drive models get a more advanced multi-link rear suspension, but the front-wheel drive models, with a more basic suspension set-up, ride just as well.

The cheapest Ateca gets the 1.0 TSI engine. This small three-cylinder petrol with just 115PS may seem way too small for a car as big as this, but it's actually pretty good for use around town. You won't want to spend hours on the motorway with the car full, but if you're doing lots of short trips, it has plenty of get-up-and-go from low speeds.

There's a 1.4 TSI with 150 which has a bit more zest about it. It's a good all rounder in the Ateca and is the same 1.4-litre engine that's used across the Volkswagen and Audi ranges including in the Q3 and Tiguan.

If you don't need a diesel it's the perfect choice. Smooth and quiet, the fact it's turbocharged means it has more than adequate acceleration when needed, plus it pulls well enough in gear. True it can't match a diesel for torque, but it's still quick enough, even if you do have to knock it down a gear or two. Claimed economy is a decent 52.3mpg but you're better off checking Real MPG for a more realistic figure.

For outright economy, the 1.6 TDI is the best bet. It's not the quietest or smoothest diesel around - in fact it's pretty noisy - but official economy is more than 65mpg with CO2 emissions of 113g/km. 

The 2.0 TDI is the most expensive version of the Ateca and there are two versions available - one with 150PS and a more powerful 190PS which only comes with 4Drive and a seven-speed DSG gearbox. With a list price of close to £30k it's a lot of money but it does get more torque, boosted from 340Nm to 400Nm. It's also the fastest model in the range.

Engines

Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.0 TSI 52–54 mpg 11.0 s 112–114 mph 121 g/km
1.0 TSI 115 52–53 mpg 10.7 s 112–114 mph 121–122 g/km
1.4 TSI 52–53 mpg 8.5 s 125 mph 123–125 g/km
1.4 TSI DSG 51–52 mpg 8.6 s 123 mph 124–125 g/km
1.5 TSI 150 51 mpg 8.5 s 125 mph 126 g/km
1.5 TSI 150 DSG 50 mpg 8.6 s 123 mph 129 g/km
1.5 TSI 150 DSG 4WD 58 mpg 8.6 s 123 mph -
1.6 TDI 63–64 mpg 11.5 s 114 mph 112–114 g/km
1.6 TDI 115 61 mpg 11.5 s 114 mph 120 g/km
1.6 TDI 115 DSG 58 mpg 11.5 s 114 mph 128 g/km
2.0 TDI 150 64 mpg - 126 mph 114 g/km
2.0 TDI 150 4WD 55–57 mpg 9.0 s 122 mph 128–129 g/km
2.0 TDI 150 DSG 63 mpg - 125 mph 116 g/km
2.0 TDI 190 DSG 4WD 53 mpg 7.5 s 132 mph 131–135 g/km
2.0 TSI 190 DSG 4WD 40 mpg 7.9 s 132 mph 159 g/km
List Price from £21,945
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Contract hire from £203.06 per month
 

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