Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.9 - 7.0 mpp
Diesel engines 5.9 - 8.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 32.5 - 46.3 mpg
Diesel engines 39.8 - 58.9 mpg
  • Diesels offer lowest running costs
  • 1.5 TSI Evo a good balance though
  • All-wheel drive models thirstier

How much is it going to cost to run?

Predictably, the diesel-powered Atecas return the most appealing fuel economy figures (on paper), but the TSI petrols are hardly disappointing. Like the closely-related Volkswagen T-Roc, there isn't a hybrid model available.

MPG and CO2

All figures listed here are under the more stringent 'real world' WLTP testing.

  • 1.0-litre TSI 110: 41.5.4-46.3mpg,139-146g/km CO2
  • 1.5-litre TSI Evo: 39.2-45.6mpg,142-152g/km CO2
  • 1.5-litre TSI Evo auto: 39.8-42.8mpg,149-156g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre TSI auto 4Drive: 33.6-35.3mpg,181-183g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre TDI 115: 52.3-57.6mpg, 129-137g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre TDI 150: 52.3-58.9mpg, 127-134g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre TDI 150 auto: 51.4-56.5mpg, 130-138g/km CO2
  • 2.0-litre TDI 150 auto 4Drive: 44.1-48.7mpg, 151-156g/km CO2

The diesels are where you should look if you want lower running costs. During our time of testing with the TDI 150 auto 4Drive, we saw indicated figures ranging between 40-47.9mpg, faring better on longer journeys.

This engine also had a coasting feature when driven in its Eco drive mode, disconnecting the engine from the wheels when you take your foot off the accelerator and letting the revs drop to preserve a small amount of fuel.

Fuel tank capacity is 50 litres for two-wheel drive models, with 4Drive models getting a larger 55 litre one.

Servicing and maintenance

Servicing intervals are once a year or every 20,000 miles. The Ateca should prove cheap to service as it's established itself as an economical and reliable car. There are a number of service plans available for those who want to pay for their servicing up-front on a monthly plan – thus avoiding big bills.

How reliable is it?

  • Little to be concerned about
  • Leon has a strong reliability record…
  • So the Ateca should, too

The SEAT Ateca is made from components used in many other VW Group cars, particularly the engines and a large proportion of the chassis too. The majority of it is shared with the Leon, which itself has a very strong reliability record indeed. Gadgets in the cabin are also used elsewhere and the whole car gives off a pervading sense of solidity and tough construction.

In short, we don’t think you’ll have many problems with your SEAT Ateca. There have been two recalls in 2019 relating to a cracked front seat frame and the engine producing too little torque. The former affected a small amount of vehicles, but this can all be checked if you plan to buy used.

Our owners' reviews section of the site details a number of readers that bought Atecas. The results are overwhelmingly positive, with just a couple of electrical gremlins reported by a handful of users.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £30 - £155
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 8 - 24
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