Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Very similar dashboard to the Leon
  • Solidly built materials 
  • Some might find it quite dull

If you’ve been in a SEAT Leon then the inside of the Ateca will look very familiar – you get the same dashboard design with simple, clear dials and media screen located high on the dashboard, tilted slightly towards the driver. The dashboard is squidgy and the door cards feature a tough-looking fabric, which looks like it’ll stand the test of family life well.

There are a few scratchier plastics but they’re below eye-level and not in areas where you frequently have much contact. You sit higher up than in a normal hatchback and this gives you a commanding view of the road, but it’s also quite easy to tailor the driving position that suits you best.

There’s an awful lot of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel, so drivers of all shapes and sizes will be able to get comfortable easily. The centrally mounted sat-nav (where fitted) has three-dimensional landmarks and looks bold and colourful, plus it repeats its directions on a small screen nestled between the gauges on the instruments in front of you.

Comfort

  • Comfort depends on which spec you choose
  • Supportive seats
  • Suspension firmness is variable

The SEAT Ateca’s ride comfort is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the all-wheel drive models soak up bumps and potholes well and rarely become unsettled or uncomfortable. However, all front-wheel drive models are fitted with a less-sophisticated rear suspension setup which has a significant effect on ride comfort.

In front-wheel drive form the car bumps and judders through low speed bumps and there’s an irritating resonance from the rear of the car when driving at speed. Speccing larger alloys only serves to make the problem worse. Wind and engine noise are muted, especially in the petrol versions (unless you’re really revving them hard), despite the extra bodywork and considerably taller sides than the smaller Leon.

There’s ample space in the back for three adults although you won’t want to sit in the middle seat for too long if you’re tall. Otherwise there’s plenty of head and legroom, even behind a tall driver. Cars fitted with a panoramic sunroof are much brighter inside, and the benefits are especially noticeable if the car has black headlining.