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SEAT Ateca


  • Great to drive
  • Practical interior 
  • Sharp looks


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Seat Ateca 1.6 TDI Ecomotive 115 SE Technology manual


SEAT Ateca - Overview

SEAT arrived late to the mid-sized SUV scene but its first effort, the Ateca, is a great all-rounder. Cars in this class are extremely popular, but the Ateca’s wide range of engines, spacious cabin and sleek styling make it a strong contender in what is a tough segment. Low running costs and lots of standard equipment certainly help, while the option of both front and four-wheel drive versions makes it truly flexible.


What is the SEAT Ateca like to drive?

The Ateca is a great SUV to drive; light and accurate steering with little body roll and lots of grip mean it belies its 4x4 proportions. It’s comfortable too and more than happy to sit on motorways and A-roads during long journeys. For those who want an even sportier drive from their SUV, the Ateca FR adds lower and firmer suspension, along with snazzy styling features, which makes it even more adept in the handling department. As for engines, the choices are abundant; there’s everything from a low capacity 115hp 1.0-litre TSI petrol – perfect for low mileage urban drivers – through a suite of 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol and diesels, to the top-end 2.0-litre TSI petrol and TDI diesel units with significantly more power. All are tried and tested by SEAT’s parent company, the Volkswagen Group, and there isn’t a bad choice among them – drivers just need to find the engine and transmission combo that best suits their needs.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.0 TSI Ecomotive 115hp, 119-120g/km CO2 (22-23% BIK), 53.3-54.3mpg
  • 1.4 EcoTSI 150hp, 122-125g/km CO2 (23-24% BIK), 51.4-53.3mpg
  • 2.0 TSI 4Drive 190hp, 159g/km CO2 (30% BIK), 40.4mpg


Diesel engines:

  • 1.6 TDI Ecomotive 115hp, 118-119g/km CO2 (25% BIK), 62.8mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 4Drive 150hp, 128-129g/km CO2 (27% BIK), 55.4-56.5mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 4Drive190hp, 135g/km CO2 (29% BIK), 53.3mpg



  • 6-speed manual

7-speed automatic


SEAT Ateca trim levels explained

The Seat Ateca is well equipped from standard and comes in S, SE, SE Technology, FR and Xcellence trims. The main items of standard specification for each version are:



  • 16” alloys
  • Electric mirrors
  • LED daytime running lights
  • 5” touch screen infotainment system
  • USB and SD card sockets
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Air conditioning


SE (in addition to S)

  • 17” alloys
  • Heated and electric folding door mirrors
  • Upgraded 8” infotainment system with voice control
  • USB and aux sockets
  • Mirror Link/Apple Carplay/Android Auto smartphone systems
  • Cruise control
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adjustable driving mode system


SE Technology (in addition to SE)

  • 18” alloys
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Front LED cornering foglights
  • Sat nav
  • DAB radio


FR (in addition to SE)

  • 18” alloys
  • FR sports styling features
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Metallic paint
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Front LED cornering foglights
  • Sat nav
  • DAB radio
  • Sports seats
  • Reversing camera


Xcellence (in addition to SE)

  • 18” alloys
  • Exterior and interior styling features
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Metallic paint
  • Automatic LED headlights
  • Front LED cornering foglights
  • Sat nav
  • DAB radio
  • Sports leather seats
  • Reversing camera
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Winter pack (heated front seats and washers) 
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Convenience pack (auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights with cornering and ‘leaving home’ function, automatic wipers)


How to spec the SEAT Ateca

The 1.6-litre TDI Ecomotive diesel engine makes great sense for company car drivers covering medium to high miles as it has the best fuel economy figure of the range at 62.8mpg and falls into the 25% benefit-in-kind band. The SE Technology trim level is more or less designed for business users, because you get all of the excellent features that come with the SE model, as well as the likes of a DAB radio and satellite navigation.


SEAT Ateca Interior – what’s it like?

Those familiar with the SEAT Leon – the Spanish brand’s lower medium hatchback and a big seller in fleet – will be no strangers to the Ateca’s interior. It’s well laid out and smartly finished, while the dashboard features a series of clean and functional controls. Being an SUV, the Ateca’s high ride height makes it easy to get in and out of and there’s loads of room inside, regardless of whether you’re sitting in the front or the back. At 510 litres, the boot is among the biggest in the mid-size SUV class, and there’s also a storage area beneath the boot floor that makes it even more practical. 


SEAT Ateca Alternatives

Alternatives include the Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Qashqai, Ford Kuga, Mitsubishi ASX, Hyundai Tucson, Peugeot 3008, Renault Kadjar, Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen Tiguan.



The Ateca may be SEAT’s inaugural attempt at an SUV, but the manufacturer got it right first time. It’s practical, flexible, great to drive and the range of engines, transmissions and trim levels is such that company car drivers can’t fail to find a perfect fit. 

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