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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

SEAT’s mid-range SUV is sharp to drive and great value

SEAT Ateca SUV (16 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £24,560 - £36,630
Lease from new From £266 p/m View lease deals
Used price £9,630 - £33,095
Used monthly cost From £240 per month
Fuel Economy 32.5 - 58.9 mpg
Road tax cost £30 - £155
Insurance group 8 - 24 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Sharp yet smart styling
  • High-tech equipment list
  • Spacious, practical interior
  • One of the better SUVs to drive

CONS

  • Slightly dull interior design
  • Some engines struggle
  • Firm ride on some models
  • Not the most refined

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Written by Keith Adams on

Is the SEAT Ateca any good?

SEAT might have been late to the SUV market when it launched the Ateca in 2016, but few could argue it’s wasted any time playing catch-up. Combining excellent practicality, keen pricing and sharp handling, the Ateca established rightly itself as one of the Spanish manufacturer's most popular models.

A facelift in 2020 refreshed the bumpers and lights, and added plenty of new technology, improving an elready excellent family SUV. Despite a fundamentally unchanged interior, it remains competitive on all fronts, but newer rivals show how much progress has been made in interior design since it was launched.

The Ateca sits right at the heart of the firm’s SUV range and goes head-to-head with a selectron of huge-selling rivals. It's a crowded market and although it's still a strong challenger, can it see off the newer Nissan Qashqai, Peugeot 3008 and Ford Kuga?

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What's it like inside?

The Ateca's sharp exterior styling is continued on the inside, with a clean and modern-looking outlook thanks to its large and handily-positioned central infotainment touchscreen. There is a mix of physical buttons and screen functionality for the controls – with an agreeable pair of rotary dials for the temperature controls.

The driving position is commanding as you'd expect in a family SUV, and the view forward is excellent thanks to its large glass area. Passenger room is generous, with excellent leg and headroom in the rear, while the boot is cavernous with a  load capacity of between 485 and 510 litres with the rear seats in place.

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What's it like to drive?

There's a wide variety of SEAT Atecas to suit the needs of most drivers. The engine line-up consists of your usual choice of petrol and diesel engines in a number of outputs. 4Drive all-wheel drive with DSG automatic gearbox can be specified here as well, something not that common in this market sector.

In short, it’s great fun for what is essentially a sensible family car. There are lots of models and engines to choose from, but it currently lacks any sort of hybrid version, which might put some buyers off. But it's good looking, great value, sporty and has bags of appeal.

Even the base-level 110hp petrol is a quick and capable cruiser – as long as you don't mind acceleration taking a big hit when you load it with people or luggage. The 150hp petrol and diesels are punchy ad probably all most drivers will ever need. However, if you want a fast Ateca? Buy a Cupra Ateca

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What models and trims are available?

You can pick from SE, SE Technology, FR, FR Sport, Xperience and Xperience Lux specifications. All cars come with alloys wheels, LED headlamps and foglights, touchscreen infotainment system, climate control, electronic parking brake, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (with wireless phone charging) and four drive modes, but you’ll want to move further up the range for a more plush-feeling Ateca.

For a more aggressive sports appearance, the limited edition Ateca Black Edition offered in 2020 included dark window surrounds, black alloy wheels and gloss black details.

There’s a whole raft of safety and assistance systems that can be added as well, making your driving experience as stress-free as possible. In relation to the closely related Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Karoq, the SEAT Ateca is well priced and doesn't really lose out to the newer cars in terms of tech or equipment.

SEAT Ateca leasing offers

Some very attractive leasing deals are also available on the Ateca. Leasing is essentially like a form of long term rental. You pay an initial payment, then a series of monthly payments, then you hand the car back. Our leasing partner, ZenAuto, is offering SEAT Atecas from £266 per month.

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Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the SEAT Ateca including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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