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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Running costs

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Diesels offer lowest running costs
  • 1.4 EcoTSI a good balance though
  • All-wheel drive models thirstier

Predictably, the diesel-powered Atecas return the most appealing fuel economy (on paper), but the TSI petrols are hardly disappointing.

TSI fuel economy

Opt for the 1.0 TSI and you can expect up to 52.3mpg, while the 1.5 TSI Evo is capable of reaching 49.6-51.4mpg, depending on the spec.

If you want the 2.0-litre TSI, claimed fuel economy is rated around 40mpg – much lower than the rest of the range – but that’ll be down to the performance on offer, all-wheel drive and a DSG gearbox.

While the figures for the 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI Evo are appealingly high for petrol models, in reality you’ll need to work the engines if you want to make smoother, faster progress. As such, you’ll see fuel economy tumble closer to 40mpg (or less) if you’re not careful.

TDI fuel economy

The diesels are where you should look if you want lower running costs. The 1.6 TDI is capable of achieving between 57.6 and 61.4mpg according to SEAT, while the 2.0 TDI 150 claims 60.1mpg for most models.

Go for the top-spec 2.0 TDI 190 and claimed fuel economy is 53.3mpg, which is on a par with the most frugal of TSI petrols.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £1,078 - £1,455 *
Diesel 131p £931 - £1,168 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Various, in line with the on-board computer.
Warranty Three years/60,000 miles
Road tax (12 months) £30 - £140
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 8 - 23
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

3.9 out of 5 3.9

The 1.0 TSI emits the least amount of CO2 for the petrol examples, producing 122g/km depending on the model you go for (it’s all to do with the wheels it’s sitting on).

The 1.5 TSI Evo isn’t too far behind in manual form, emitting 126-129g/km of the stuff, depending on the trim/alloy wheel/gearbox combo.

Unsurprisingly it’s the 2.0 TSI that produces the most CO2 in the range, at 156g/km.

The 1.6-litre TDI is the CO2 star (just), emitting just 120g/km. The all-wheel drive 2.0 TDI 150 produces 123-124g/km, and the most powerful 2.0 TDI 190 emits 135g/km.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
2.0 TDi (150ps) Diesel,
2.0 TDi (190ps) Diesel
g/km (Min) N/A
2.0 TSi (190ps) Petrol 159 g/km (Max) £140


4 out of 5 4.0
  • 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.

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.

We ran a SEAT Ateca as a long-term test car - find out what it was like to live with here

Car checklist problem points

Body No reported problems.
Engine / gearbox No reported problems.
Other No reported problems.

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