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?...
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.
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.
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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