New Nissan Qashqai & Seat Ateca vs Skoda Karoq

Nissan has updated the Qashqai family SUV again – but should you still consider it when you could have a Seat Ateca or a Skoda Karoq instead?...

Nissan Qashqai interior
Nissan Qashqai interior

Behind the wheel 

Driving position, visibility, build quality

With their high roofs and moderately lofty driving positions, each of our trio feels like a genuine SUV from behind the wheel. You look down on Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus drivers, although pull up alongside a Range Rover and you’re swiftly put back in your place.

Seat Ateca interior

You shouldn’t have much trouble finding a comfortable driving position in any of our contenders, either, and the fact that adjustable lumbar support comes as standard only enhances their mile-munching credentials by helping keep lower back pain at bay. Our testers found the Ateca’s driver’s seat most comfortable and supportive, though – particularly along twisting roads.

In terms of interior quality, all three cars have a reasonable spread of soft-touch plastics, along with leather-wrapped steering wheels and gearlevers. Although there isn’t a great deal between the Qashqai and Ateca, the latter has the edge, thanks to its plush-feeling part-Alcantara seats and the fact that its dashboard buttons work with more precision. 

Skoda Karoq interior

Overall, the Karoq is classiest inside, though; its interior has the most dense-feeling plastics and the glass-fronted infotainment display feels like an iPad to use, whereas the touchscreens in the other two feel more like you’re stroking a TV from circa-2005. It’s just a pity the Karoq’s door trims are hard and scratchy.

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