New Nissan Qashqai vs Seat Ateca
The Qashqai may have started the trend for small, family-friendly SUVs, but it has been surpassed by the Ateca in recent times. Does a recent update put the Qashqai back on top?...
Behind the wheel
Driving position, visibility, build quality
These cars feature steering wheels that adjust for height and reach, plus driver’s seats with height and lumbar support adjustment. Even so, most people will find it easier to get comfortable in the Ateca; its front seats have more underthigh support and it’s easier to adjust the angle of the backrest.
In terms of quality, both cars have a reasonable spread of soft-touch plastics, along with leather-wrapped steering wheels and gearlevers, but the Qashqai has more attractive trim on the dash and doors. Conversely, the Ateca’s controls work with more precision and feel more solid.
Forward visibility is good, whichever car you choose, although the Ateca just edges it. It has a higher roof and the seats go high enough to give you a more commanding driving position. However, thick rear pillars can make reversing a little tricky. The Ateca has rear parking sensors to help with this, but the Qashqai goes a couple of steps further; N-Connecta trim includes front and rear sensors and a 360deg camera, even if the latter is of low resolution.