Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Should you buy one?

Despite its advancing years, the SEAT Ateca offers sharp styling, fairly compact dimensions and one of the most spacious interiors of any car of its size. Boosting its appeal as a better driver’s car (as well as a family bus) than its rivals is a well-equipped interior that feels well built (if a little dull) and it’s an excellent proposition.

The Ateca doesn't stand above its rivals in any area, but its blend of value, space with a slightly sportier driving experience should appeal to plenty of families. If you want a little more comfort, the Skoda Karoq is a closer call.

What we like

All Atecas come well equipped for the money and are great value, often with some impressive monthly details available. We also like how sporty it is to drive, with quick steering and agile handling.

What we don't like

The Ateca's ride comfort borders on being too firm for typically rough UK roads, so bear that in mind if you live in an area with less-than-perfect roads.

Which model is best for you?

Buyers concerned with how much their Ateca might cost to run will want to look at the diesels. With the lowest running costs in the range, it makes the most sense if you don’t want to be visiting the petrol station regularly. Company car drivers would be better off with one of these engines as well, sitting at least two BIK tax bands lower than the 1.0-litre petrol.

The higher-powered TDI 150hp manual also sits in the same BIK tax band as the entry-level 115hp version, so if you can afford the slightly higher P11D value, the former would be a better choice to live with.

If you want a faster Ateca, the 2.0-litre TSI 190 provides the most performance and is the only petrol version available with four-wheel drive. This is important because only models that send drive to all four wheels are available with multi-link rear suspension ­that’s significantly comfier and more refined than less advanced front-wheel drive, torsion beam cars.

If you want a proper hot SUV, meanwhile, the Cupra Ateca boasts 300hp and a 0-62mph time of just 4.9 seconds and top speed of 155mph. It’s the first standalone model from SEAT performance spin-off, Cupra, but rest assured it’s almost identical to the regular version on the outside and has similar mechanical parts.

Dealwatch special

Our leasing partner, ZenAuto is offering the SEAT Ateca for £293 per month. The usual terms and conditions apply.

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