2018 Seat Ateca 1.5 TSI Evo FR review - verdict

The Volkswagen Group's new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine finally makes its way into the Seat Ateca. Is it a worthy replacement for the fantastic 1.4 TSI?...

Ateca FR Moving

The good news is that the 1.5 TSI is, to all intents and purposes, just as accomplished as the 1.4 TSI it replaces, therefore making it our new pick of the range. But would we pick sporty FR trim?

As it turns out, we would. It’s not much more money than SEL, yet it comes with larger 18in alloy wheels, a gloss-black grille, twin exhaust pipes, body-coloured wheel arch surrounds and sports seats. You also get LED headlights and a rear-view camera. Plus, the more desirable styling means FR models should hold onto their value better than lesser versions.

So, if you like driving and need a well-equipped SUV, we reckon the Ateca 1.5 TSI Evo FR should be at the top of your list.

What Car? says...

Rated 5 out of 5

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2018 Seat Ateca 1.5 TSI Evo FR specification

Price £26,510 Engine 4cyl, 1495cc, turbo, petrol Power 148bhp at 5000-6000rpm Torque 184lb ft at 1500-3500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 8.5sec Top speed 125mph Economy 51.4mpg (official average) CO2, tax band 126g/km, 26%