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SEAT Ateca review

2016 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 54.5
” The Ateca still stands up as a sensible family car “

At a glance

Price new £28,385 - £37,110
Used prices £6,870 - £27,854
Road tax cost £35 - £180
Insurance group 8 - 24
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Fuel economy 32.5 - 58.9 mpg
Range 473 - 704 miles
Miles per pound 4.8 - 7.5
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons

  • Spacious and practical interior
  • Reliable Volkswagen-based technology
  • One of the better SUVs to drive
  • Slightly dull cabin design
  • Firm ride on some models
  • Some engines feel underpowered

Written by Luke Wilkinson Published: 18 March 2022 Updated: 1 June 2022


SEAT arrived late to the SUV market when it launched the Ateca in 2016, but few could argue against its efforts when playing catch-up. Combining excellent practicality, keen pricing and sharp handling, the Ateca has rightly established itself as one of the Spanish brand’s most popular models.

The Ateca faces some stiff competition, though. Key rivals include the Peugeot 3008, Ford Kuga and the much newer third-generation Nissan Qashqai – and to keep it looking fresh against this crowd, SEAT gave the SUV a facelift back in 2020.

Yes, newer alternatives offer more advanced technology and more attractive cabins (SEAT’s facelift left the car’s interior basically unchanged), but the Ateca still stands up as a sensible family car. You also have a lot of trim-levels and powertrains to choose from, meaning you can near-enough tailor the car’s specification to suit your exact requirements.

The range opens with a 110hp 1.0-litre petrol, which feels nippy around town but labours at higher speeds – especially when you’re carrying passengers and luggage. SEAT also offers a range of 150hp petrol and diesel engines, which should provide ample performance for most drivers. However, if you crave something quicker, there’s always the Cupra Ateca.

In terms of trim-levels, you’ve three branches to climb along. At the entry-level, there’s the SE and SE Technology, which offer good value, conservative styling and enough toys to keep you entertained – especially with the latter option, which gets a larger 9.2-inch touchscreen. Every model also comes with roof bars as standard, and you can specify accessories such as a tow bar and a luggage net.

SEAT’s racy FR and FR Sport variants get some sporty exterior styling tweaks and some additional equipment inside, such as customisable ambient lighting, bucket seats and a digital gauge cluster. Meanwhile, the comfort-focussed Xperience and Xperience Lux models feature the same basic level of technology, but toned-down styling and softer seats.

Over the next few pages, we’ll be thoroughly assessing every aspect of the SEAT Ateca before offering our overall verdict of the car. Click through the following pages for our review of the Ateca’s practicality, interior, running costs and driving experience.