4.3 out of 5 4.3
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

SEAT’s mid-range SUV is sharp to drive and look at

SEAT Ateca SUV Review Video
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At a glance

New price £22,825 - £36,130
Lease from new From £265 p/m View lease deals
Used price £8,255 - £25,985
Used monthly cost £206 - £649
Fuel Economy 32.5 - 56.5 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £150
Insurance group 8 - 24 How much is it to insure?


  • Sharp yet smart styling
  • High-tech equipment list
  • Spacious, practical interior
  • One of the best SUVs to drive


  • Slightly dull interior design
  • Some hard dashboard plastics
  • Firm ride on some models
  • No adaptive dampers

SEAT Ateca SUV rivals

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Written by James Dennison on

SEAT might have been late to the SUV market when it launched the Ateca in 2016, but few could argue it’s wasted any time playing catch-up. Combining excellent practicality, keen pricing and sharp handling, the Ateca is now one of the Spanish manufacturer's most popular models.

Now joined by the smaller Arona and Skoda Kodiaq-based Tarraco, it sits right at the heart of manufacturer’s SUV range and goes head-to-head with rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai, Renault Kadjar and Ford Kuga, plus many more. Read on for more on why we rate the SEAT Ateca so highly.

SEAT Ateca trim levels: six to choose from

You can pick from SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux specifications, plus there was a limited run of First Edition cars from available at launch.

The latter uses information crowd-sourced from 13,000 people during a competition called 'Designed by You' and was packed with exciting gadgets including Traffic Jam Assist, which drives the car for you on congested city streets.

SEAT Ateca interior

Standard cars come with 17-inch alloys, air-con, LED daytime-running lights, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, climate control, electronic parking brake, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and four drive modes, but you’ll want to move further up the range for a more plush-feeling Ateca.

There’s a whole raft of safety and assistance systems that can be added as well, making your driving experience as stress-free as possible.

Six engines - three TSI petrol and three TDI diesel

The SEAT Ateca engine the line-up consists of your usual choice of petrol and diesel engines in a wide range of outputs.

Petrol-wise there’s a fuel-sipping 1.0-litre EcoTSI unit with three cylinders and a 1.5-litre TSI Evo that can shut down half its cylinders when they’re not needed to maximise economy. At  the top of the petrol range is a 2.0-litre EcoTSI with 190hp with an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. 

If you prefer diesel power, buyers can choose between 115hp 1.6-litre TDI, 150hp 2.0-litre TDI and 190hp 2.0-litre TDI engines. A combination of automatic gearboxes and 4Drive all-wheel drive systems can be specified on particular engines, meaning there should be something to suit most tastes. 

High-performance Cupra Ateca dealt with in separate review

Sitting in its own little sub-brand is the Cupra Ateca. With no SEAT badges in sight, it's the first model under the newly-formed Cupra sub-brand, and the debut model is based on the Ateca, with a 300hp 2.0-litre TSI engine under the bonnet, unique styling and a DSG gearbox and 4Drive all-wheel drive. 

We ran a SEAT Ateca as a long-term test car - find out what it was like to live with here

Does the Ateca drive like a SEAT?

Alongside those sharp creases in the bodywork, an equally sharp drive has become something of a SEAT hallmark.

We’re happy to report that the Ateca carries on this tradition with a firm but supple ride and steering that reacts quickly to wheel movements. In short, it’s great fun for what is essentially a sensible family car.

Can those good looks and sporty characteristics do enough to drag customers away from default SUVs like the Nissan Qashqai, though?

Read on for the full SEAT Ateca review

SEAT Ateca PCP and leasing offers

From January 2020, SEAT offered the Ateca with 0% APR attached. This essentially lets you spread the price of the car out over a set of monthly payments, and you won't be charged any money for doing so. The cheapest Ateca, the SE 1.0 TSI, will set you back around £270 per month with a £2,300 deposit. While a top spec XCELLENCE Lux car, with a 2.0-litre diesel engine, automatic gearbox, and four-wheel drive will be more like £450 per month with a £3,500 deposit.

Leasing deals are also available. Leasing is essentially like a form of long term rental. You pay an initial payment, then a series of monthly payments, then you hand the car back. Our leasing partner, ZenAuto, is offering SEAT Atecas from £265 per month. The usual terms and conditions apply.*

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*These deals are indicative examples of some packages available as of 21 February 2020 but are subject to change without prior notice. Everyone's financial circumstances are different, and the availability of credit is subject to status. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Parkers cannot recommend a deal for you specifically. Bauer Consumer Media Limited is an appointed representative of ZenAuto Limited for the broking of regulated hire agreements. ZenAuto Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. ZenAuto Limited's registered office is Number One, Great Exhibition Way, Kirkstall Forge, Leeds LS5 3BF. ZenAuto Limited's company registration number is 10967345. ZenAuto is the trading name of ZenAuto Limited. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply.

SEAT Ateca SUV rivals

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