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 ‘SE’ 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, ‘SE’, SE Technology Xcellence and Xcellennce Lux, all cars have Front Assist, City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Recognition. ‘SE’ trim has an 6.5 inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 17 inch alloy wheels, park assist, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors and LED taillights. SE Technology adds an 8 inch touchscreen, 18 inch Bi-colour alloy wheels, satellite navigation and full LED headlights. The Xcellence has wireless phone charging, heated windscreen, multi-colour interior lighting, adjustable driving modes, keyless entry and ignition, sat-nav, alcantara seats, adaptive cruise control and a rear-view camera. The Xcellence Lux adds 19 inch wheels, digital cockpit, black leather upholstery, electric tailgate, top view camera and heated front seats. The 1.5 petrol is available in FR or FR Sport, the FR has 18 inch ‘Performance’ alloy wheels, double exhaust pipe, Full LED headlights, front LED fog lights with cornering function, dark tinted rear windows, 8″ touchscreen, aluminium pedals, sports seats in Black Alcantara, and auto headlights and wipers. The FR Sport adds 19 inch “Exclusive” machined alloy wheels, digital cockpit, sports seats in black leather and heated front seats.


seat-ateca-motability-car-bootOne petrol and two diesel engines are avaialble, the 1.5 litre petrol has 148 bhp that can return a claimed 51.4 mpg and reach 62 mph in 8.6 seconds. The two diesel offerings are the 1.6 litre diesel with 113 bhp which can reach 62mph in 11.5 seconds and can return a claimed 65.7mpg and the 2.0 litre diesel with 148 bhp or as a 4wd auto only with 187bhp  this engine is shared across the Volkswagen group and is an excellent choice, economy is a claimed 60.1 mph for the manual car and 62 mph can be reached in 8.8 seconds and with 340 Nm of torque it pulls well and has a braked tow weight of 1900kg. The 1.6 litre diesel is an option for under 25 year old drivers but with only 113bhp to call on lacks the pull of the larger engine. The 2.0 diesel is the pick this quarter, the prices are excellent. The Ateca is stock cars only as it is being updated with a mid life facelift.

Summer Best Buy – Seat Ateca  ‘FR’ 2.0 148 bhp diesel manual  –  £999 Advance Payment (£69.50 + £67 wpms) or £1249 (£132 wpms) as an Automatic

Full prices here: SEAT Q3 prices