Seat Ateca

seat-ateca-motability-car-frontThe Seat Ateca is a mid-sized SUV that’s 4.36m long, 10cm shorter than a Renault Kadjar. Its styling is pretty conventional, with a front grille and headlights clearly derived from the Seat Leon. The Ateca sits on the same platform, but is slightly smaller than its VW stablemate, the Tiguan, because of a shorter rear overhang which also makes the Spanish model’s boot space a little smaller, though still a creditable 510 litres on models with front-wheel drive, the Kia Sportage offers 503 litres and it’s significantly roomier than the Nissan Qashqai with 430 litres.

 

seat-ateca-motability-car-dashThe Ateca is a sportier car to drive than any of its rivals, thanks to direct steering and relatively stiff suspension that keeps the car pretty flat even during fast corners. The tall body means there is plenty of headroom throughout the car and the driver’s seat has lots of adjustment, the view out is excellent, improved by thin pillars to the side. The interior could be described as a little ‘drab’ particularly in ‘S’ trim that does not have the advantage of the eight inch touchscreen infotainment system to brighten up the dash.

 

seat-ateca-motability-car-rearTo Motability customers the Ateca is avaialble in four trim lines, ‘S’, ‘SE’, SE Technology and Xcellence, all cars have Front Assist, City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Recognition. The ‘S’ trim is sparse, the 5″ monochrome screen is poor for a car of this class, you do get 16 inch Alloys, air conditioning and a multi function leather covered steering wheel. Move up to the ‘SE’ trim and you enjoy the bigger eight-inch colour touchscreen with bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as MirrorLink, along with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors and LED taillights. SE Technology adds 18 inch Bi-colour alloy wheels, satellite navigation and full LED headlights. The range-topping Xcellence has wireless phone charging, multi-colour interior lighting, adjustable driving modes, keyless entry and ignition, sat-nav, leather seats and a rear-view camera.

 

seat-ateca-motability-car-bootThe entry level engine is a 1.0-litre 113hp turbocharged petrol engine. It gets a claimed 54.3mpg, but it takes 11 seconds to get the Ateca from 0-62mph and you’ll have to work it hard if you have a full car. The larger 1.4-litre, 148hp four-cylinder petrol is the pick of the engines, it gets a claimed 52.3mpg and carries the SUV from 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds. On the move it feels brisk and powerful enough even with four adults on board. The two diesel engines are a 1.6 with 113 bhp which can reach 62mph in 11.5 seconds and can return a claimed 65.7mpg. The only way to get a four wheel drive Ateca on the Scheme is the 2.0 litre diesel. The Automatic option is a super seven speed twin clutch DSG fitted to the 1.4 litre petrol, that has no effect on performance on only a slight drop in MPG to 51.4 but given that all the Petrol cars have been removed this quarter there is no Automatic choice. There are all the Alteca’s available:

Autumn Best Buy – Seat Ateca  ‘S’ 1.6 113 bhp diesel manual  –  £1399 Advance Payment (£346 wpms) or £1499 (£446 wpms) in SE or £1899 (£846 wpms) in SE Tech or £1999 (£946 wpms) in Xcellence

Autumn Best Buy – Seat Ateca  ‘SE’ 2.0 150 bhp diesel manual 4 wheel drive –  £1899 Advance Payment (£846 wpms) or £1999 (£946 wpms) in SE Tech