How to spec a Seat Ateca

Our guide covers what trim level to go for on our favourite small SUV, as well as the options to buy and how much you should pay

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Seat Ateca

Although it's the company's first ever SUV model, the Seat Ateca has risen very quickly to become our class favourite. In fact, we named it as our Small SUV of the Year at the 2017 What Car? Awards.

Our full review can take you through what it's like to drive and live with, but below we've looked at what the various trim levels get you, as well as the options you should consider. At the bottom of this page, you'll find our full specification for the Seat Ateca you should buy.

Seat Ateca trim levels

There are four trim levels available on the Ateca, dubbed S, SE, SE Technology and Xcellence. A fifth trim level, FR, will be available from July.

Here's a rundown of what each trim gets you in terms of equipment.

Seat Ateca S specification

  • 16in alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Tinted windows
  • 5.0 infotainment touchscreen with Bluetooth streaming
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Cloth seats
  • Split-folding rear seats
  • Adjustable front armrest with storage compartment

Seat Ateca SE specification (in addition to S models)

  • 17in alloy wheels
  • LED tail-lights
  • 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Storage box under driver's seat
  • Lumbar adjustment for driver and front passenger seat
  • Cruise control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Seat Drive Profile (allows you to choose from four driving modes)

Seat Ateca SE Technology specification (in addition to SE models)

  • 18in alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Automatic headlight adjustment
  • Satellite navigation
  • Aluminium roof rails

Seat Ateca FR specification (in addition to SE Technology models, and available from July)

  • 18in alloy wheels
  • Chrome double exhaust pipe
  • Dark-tinted rear windows
  • LED interior lighting
  • Sports seats in black Alcantara
  • Rear-view camera
  • Aluminium pedals

Seat Ateca Xcellence specification (in addition to FR models)

  • 18in alloy wheels
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry and go
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Automatic wipers

Which trim should I go for on the Seat Ateca?

We think SE specification strikes the right balance between value for money and equipment. You get everything you're likely to want, and while the SE Technology and Xcellence versions do come with more equipment, they're available only with a limited choice of engines.

Seat Ateca options

Options we'd recommend

There are two options we'd go for, especially if you're choosing our recommended SE specification. The first is satellite navigation, which gets you the larger 8.0in touchscreen with 3D mapping. As an additional bonus, you also get a DAB radio and two SD card slots. In practice, we've found the Ateca's navigation and infotainment system to be relatively easy to use, even if its menus aren't as easy to navigate as those in a Kia Sportage.

Secondly, we'd go for the variable-height boot floor. It's a cheap option, and when set to its highest position there's no annoying lip in the boot floor. It also leaves you a second, concealed space to store smaller items underneath the floor.

Options to consider

Seat's surround-view camera system gives you a 360deg view around the Ateca, meaning that even the most nervous of parkers should be able to manoeuvre this small SUV around town.

If you want the easiest driving experience possible, the Advanced Driving Assistance pack could also be worth looking at. It combines lane keeping assistance with automatic high beam, blindspot detection and rear cross traffic alert – making long drives a breeze, especially on the motorway. Adaptive cruise control is also available separately.

Options to avoid

While the largest 19in alloy wheels may make the Ateca stand out, they also have a detrimental effect on its ride quality, so we'd avoid them in favour of smaller wheels.

Similarly, while there are some funky gadgets available on the Ateca – including an espresso machine – we'd suggest that their value is limited.

Seat Ateca price

At the time of writing, the Ateca 1.4 EcoTSI 150 SE with a six-speed manual gearbox has an on-the-road price of Β£21,710, and by adding Β£645 worth of options we take the total price to Β£22,355.

Model: Seat Ateca 1.4 EcoTSI 150 SE 6-spd manual

OTR Price: Β£21,710

Target Price: Β£20,958

Options: Β£645

Total price + options: Β£22,355

Total Target Price + options (including 3.4% saving) : Β£21,594

How to haggle on a Seat Ateca

Despite the Ateca's desirability, there are still savings to be found, especially if you're willing to shop around. Our Target Price data suggests you should look for an average 3.4% saving on your car – and remember you can haggle on options as well as the car itself.

Read more – our full Seat Ateca review

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