Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Should you buy a SEAT Ateca?

Yes you should. 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 driver’s car (as well as a family bus) is a decent range of petrol and diesel engines plus class-leading handling capabilities. Add to that a well-equipped interior that feels well built (if a little dull) and it’s an excellent proposition.

Buyers concerned with how much their Ateca might cost to run will want to look at the 1.6 TDI. 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 shouldn’t go for one of the diesels, surprisingly. Both the 1.0-litre TSI and 1.5-litre TSI Evo offer lower BIK costs than any diesel, so we’d suggest going for the 1.5 as it’s better at motorway cruising than the 1.0-litre.

’Probably the sharpest handling SUV for the money, the Ateca backs up its sporting credentials with excellent practicality, a well-made cabin and plenty of standard kit. Recommended.'

James Dennison

In the regular range, 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 5.4 seconds and top speed of 153mph. 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.

As for trim levels, all Ateca’s come well equipped, yet those looking to emphasise the car’s sporty credentials should consider the pricier FR or FR sport models.

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