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SEAT Ateca LED headlights night driving 2021

  • Interior of the Ateca is very practical
  • Lots of passenger space to spread out
  • Also plenty of storage space

How much space is there?

The SEAT Ateca offers a generous amount of space for four passengers, with plenty of head and legroom without having to juggle the seating position of the front seats - even behind a tall driver.

There’s 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, despite the transmission tunnel in the centre being relatively narrow.

There are deep door pockets and cubby holes dotted around the cabin to help stow things while on the move, including a sunglasses holder up by the rear-view mirror and storage trays under the front seats.

All models come with a 12v socket and two USB-C ports up front, along with a wireless phone charger, which sits under the media system - a handy place to store and charge your smartphone.

Those sat in the rear get map pockets on the front seat backs, cupholders on the centre armrest and a small cubby below the two USB-C ports.

Boot space and storage

Two-wheel drive cars are more capacious with a 510-litre boot expanding to 1,604 litres with the rear seats down. You can flip the backrests down with handles located in the boot for convenience too.

Pick a four-wheel drive car and you lose 25 litres of space in the boot but gain the ability to tackle more challenging terrain.

The Ateca’s boot trounces many of its rivals for luggage capacity with the rear seats in place. With them folded, a total of 1,910 litres is on offer, which is also very impressive.

The boot floor can be set at two heights to boost practicality, and the physical process of moving seats about and removing load covers is also very simple and stress-free, with them folding 60:40 as well as offering a load-through port through the centre seat once you fold down the armrest.

Is it easy to park?

When you consider the amount of space on offer inside the Ateca, it’s surprising that the exterior seems so compact. It’s very easy to manoeuvre in and out of parking spaces thanks to big windows, as well as front and rear parking sensors and park assist standard on all models. A rear-view camera is standard on higher-spec Xperience models.

Once you’re out of town, it’s also very easy to judge thanks to the higher driving position and the compact dimensions. It’s very easy to drive.

How big is it?

  All SEAT Ateca models
Length  4,381mm
Width (without mirrors)  1,841mm
Width (with mirrors)  2,078mm
Height  1,615mm

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Safety

  • Plenty of safety equipment as standard
  • Euro NCAP awarded it five stars
  • Driver assistance tech can be added

The SEAT Ateca has been awarded a full five-star rating by Euro NCAP, and it’s easy to see why. You get seven airbags, seatbelt reminders, electronic stability control, an electronic differential lock (called XDS), hill-hold control and a tyre-pressure monitor all as standard.

All cars also come with Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Protection, Tiredness Recognition and a Multi-Collision Brake system as standard. All use cameras and sensors to detect an impending collision and take evasive action.

Various driver assistance packs enable you to add things like traffic jam assist, which controls the steering, brakes and throttle at low speeds, a lane-keeping assistant, rear cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitor, traffic sign recognition and adaptive cruise control. You’ll have to pay extra for these, though.

The adaptive cruise control fitted to our test car was a little hit-and-miss with its decision making, as it would sometimes slow down for cars in the lane next to us, right when we wanted to overtake them.

Finally there is the emergency assistant, which keeps an eye on the driver and can send visual and audible alerts or pump the brakes in an emergency, before autonomously slowing the car and activating the hazard lights.

There are two Isofix points located on the outer rear seats.

Watch: SEAT Ateca Euro NCAP crash test

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the SEAT Ateca SUV.

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

1st Edition equipment

1st Edition standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
1st Edition optional equipment
None available

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
None available

FR equipment

FR standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
FR optional equipment
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking

FR Sport equipment

FR Sport standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
FR Sport optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Remote locking
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
SE optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav

SE L equipment

SE L standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SE L optional equipment
None available

SE Technology equipment

SE Technology standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
SE Technology optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking

Xcellence equipment

Xcellence standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
Xcellence optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

Xcellence Lux equipment

Xcellence Lux standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Xcellence Lux optional equipment
None available

Xperience equipment

Xperience standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Xperience optional equipment
None available

Xperience Lux equipment

Xperience Lux standard equipment
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Audio remote
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Xperience Lux optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The SEAT Ateca SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2016
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 71%
Safety Assist: 60%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.