Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 'Lights On' warning buzzer
  • 8.0" colour touchscreen with proximity sensor
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Digital clock
  • Driver alert system
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Multi function display
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Park assist system with steering assist
  • Progressive power assisted steering
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Rear view camera
  • Remote fuel flap release
  • Satellite navigation system
  • SEAT Drive profile
  • SEAT logo boot release
  • Trip computer
  • Wireless Smartphone charger

Entertainment

  • 2 USB sockets in rear
  • DAB Digital radio
  • High resolution colour driver display
  • Mirror link app interface
  • Radio/CD player + 8 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls

Exterior Features

  • Aluminium front door sills
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Black wheel arch extensions
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome side window trim
  • Chromed centre radiator grille surround
  • Coming/leaving home lighting function
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Heated windscreen
  • High gloss black grille
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights with cornering light function
  • LED headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Twin chromed exhaust pipes

Interior Features

  • 12V power point front
  • 3 height adjustable rear headrests
  • 4 Lashing eyes in boot
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Active head restraints
  • Adjustable front armrest with storage compartment
  • Advanced multicolour ambient light with LED interior light and LED illuminated glovebox
  • Alcantara/leather upholstery
  • Black roof lining
  • Card holder
  • Cargo hooks
  • Comfort front seats
  • Driver/passenger lumbar adjustment
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Footwell illumination
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front reading lights
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Height adjustable front headrests
  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Illuminated boot
  • Illuminated door sills
  • Instrument lighting with brightness control
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Rear armrest
  • Rear central air outlet
  • Rear reading lights
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Storage box under drivers seat
  • Welcome lighting

Packs

  • Convenience pack - Ateca
  • Navigation system pack - Ateca

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Auto hold function
  • Automatic Post collision braking
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Electronic stability control
  • ESP+EBA
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front assist including city emergency braking
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front side airbags
  • Hill hold control
  • Predictive pedestrian protection
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • 2 folding remote keys with window open/close function
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking
  • Volumetric alarm with back up horn

Technical

  • Comfort suspension
  • XDS electronic differential lock

Trim

  • Chrome effect dashboard facia

Wheels

  • 18" Performance alloy wheels

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

129

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1498

Compression Ratio

10.5:1

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

74.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

85.9

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

7 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

49.6

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

56.5

EC Urban (mpg)

40.9

General

Badge Engine CC

1.5

Badge Power

150

Based On ID

Coin Description

TSI EVO

Coin Series

Xcellence [EZ]

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

93

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

84

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

71

NCAP Safety Assist %

60

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

8.6

Engine Power - BHP

150

Engine Power - KW

110

Engine Power - RPM

5000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184

Engine Torque - MKG

25.5

Engine Torque - NM

250

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

123

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

215/50 R18

Tyre Size Rear

215/50 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

PERFORMANCE

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1601

Height (including roof rails)

1615

Length

4363

Wheelbase

2638

Width

1841

Width (including mirrors)

2078

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1920

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

510

Max. Loading Weight

625

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1800

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

680

Minimum Kerbweight

1295

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.8

On The Road

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Paintwork

Trim

Wheels

Summary

SEAT's first effort in this segment looks to have been worth waiting for. The Ateca isn't quite the size of a Tiguan - but then it's much more affordable. And there's a dash of spirit and character here that we think potential customers will like. In summary, if you were just about to buy a Nissan Qashqai or something similar, an Ateca is certainly worth a look.

Background

Not before time, the Volkswagen Group is properly getting on board with the current market preference for Qashqai-style Crossover models. We'll see a whole series of cars like this from the conglomerate over the next few years: here's SEAT's take on the concept, the Ateca. Named after a traditional Spanish town, the Ateca shares much with its Volkswagen Tiguan cousin but, says SEAT, offers a sportier, more lifestyle-orientated approach to this kind of car. And a more affordable one too. Sounds promising.

Driving Experience

The Ateca delivers a line-up of petrol and diesel engines ranging in power from 115 to 190PS, with the initial range built around three petrol units and three diesels. Things kick off with a 1.0-litre TSI 115PS Ecomotive petrol variant that sits just below a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI EcoTSI option, plus there's a 2.0 TSI 190PS powerplant. Diesel models start with the 1.6-litre TDI 115PS derivative, plus there are also 150 and 190PS versions of the Volkswagen Group's familiar 2.0-litre TDI diesel. 2.0 TDI 150PS buyers get the option of DSG auto transmission and '4Drive' 4WD, but if you go for the top 190PS variant, you have to have both. We expect the 2.0 TDI diesel engine to be the one many buyers will target and it's a strong engine that pulls willingly from low speeds, though isn't the most refined powerplant of its kind. The Ateca rides firmly - in line with SEAT's preference to make it 'sporty': that's something potential buyers will need to like. The lofty driving position will please them, as will the way that all the major controls are clustered around you. Not so good are the thick, angled C-pillars that block rear three-quarter vision. An optional park assist system and birds-eye camera help with tight spaces.

Design and Build

Under skin, the Ateca sits on the same MQB platform as its more conventional Leon stablemate and uses most of the same mechanicals found in Volkswagen's very similar Tiguan model. Inside, it's also very similar to the Leon - which is no bad thing. The fit and finish is of high quality, though the plastics get scratchier the farther down you go. In the front, there's decent room for two adults on supportive seats. It's the same in the back, though it's disappointing to find that the rear seats don't slide or recline like they do in the Volkswagen Tiguan. The boot's a bit smaller than that pricier Volkswagen rival model too, though will easily swallow a couple of big cases and a pushchair. You access it via a tailgate offering the option of power operation: it's one of those you can activate by waving your foot beneath the bumper.

Market and Model

Ateca's pricing starts from around £18,000 and there's a choice of four trim levels - 'S', 'SE', 'FR' and range-topping 'XCELLENCE' where variants sit in the £24,000 to £30,000 bracket. Standard equipment across the range includes air conditioning, a 'Media System Touch' five-inch touchscreen with USB and SD connectivity, a leather steering wheel and gearknob, plus split-folding rear seats with reclining function. On the outside, there are 16-inch 'Design' alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights. The mid-range 'SE' version features upgraded infotainment and an eight-speaker stereo and larger 17-inch wheels. And 'XCELLENCE' models include a Connectivity Hub with a wireless 'phone charger, plus the 'SEAT Drive Profile' system that allows you to tweak steering feel, throttle response and gearchange timings to suit the way you want to drive. The extensive array of technology options extends from full-LED headlights to a broad portfolio of assistance systems, like an innovative Traffic Jam Assist set-up and an Emergency Assist feature, to a package of latest-generation infotainment systems with eight-inch touchscreens and Full Link connectivity. The infotainment screen functions with MirrorLink and Apple CarPlay connectivity and the system will also read out new text, Twitter and Facebook messages and let you dictate a reply. It's even got the capability to let you set up your own screen gestures to shortcut to your most popular commands.

Cost of Ownership

Typical Ateca owners will go for the economical diesel models but even the petrol variants should be relatively frugal thanks to advanced TSI technology. The 1.0 TSI Ecomotive variant puts out a very reasonable 123g/km of CO2, while the 1.4-litre EcoTSI powerplant delivers a 125g/km CO2 reading. Switch to diesel and the 1.6 TDI Ecomotive derivative manages 112g/km. Expect the volume 2.0 TDI diesel 150PS model to deliver nearly 60mpg on the combined cycle and a CO2 return of 114g/km in 2WD manual form. There's no real penalty for choosing the super-smooth DSG automatic gearbox either. Go for the 190PS 2.0 TDI version that has auto and '4Drive'' as standard and you're looking at 131g/km and a fuel return very little affected. What else? Well there's SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Toyota and Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the SEAT deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance.