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?...

Author Avatar
What Car? team
6 Oct 2016 06:00 | Last updated: 30 Aug 2018 14:03

Our verdict

The Qashqai is a former What Car? Car of the Year and remains very likeable, thanks to its cushy ride and low CO2 emissions and generous roster of luxuries. However, the latest updates aren’t enough to put it back on top of the small SUV class.

Instead, it’s the Ateca that wins this test, because it’s more practical, has a better infotainment system and is more enjoyable to drive. That you can add a couple of choice options and still pay less than you would for the Qashqai merely seals the deal, although we would recommend going for the 1.4-litre petrol model instead of this diesel if you’re buying privately, because it’s even cheaper and has punchier performance.

For all the latest reviews, advice and new car deals, sign up to the What Car? newsletter here


1st – Seat Ateca

 

New Nissan Qashqai vs Seat Ateca

For Roomier interior; stronger performance; sharper handling; cheaper to buy and own

Against Firmer ride; higher BIK rate; not as fuel efficient; stingier standard equipment

Rated 5 out of 5

Read our full Seat Ateca review

Find a great Seat Ateca deal


2nd – Nissan Qashqai

 

New Nissan Qashqai vs Seat Ateca

For More comfortable ride; more standard equipment; low CO2 output

Against Odd-shaped boot; more expensive to buy and run privately; so-so infotainment

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Nissan Qashqai review

Find a great Nissan Qashqai deal


Also consider:

 


Specifications: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 N-Connecta

Engine size 1.5-litre petrol

List price £25,555

Target Price £25,555

Power 108bhp @ 4000rpm

Torque 192lb ft @ 1750-2500rpm

0-60mph 11.7sec

Top speed 113mph

Claimed fuel economy 74.3mpg

True MPG 51.9mpg

CO2 emissions 99g/km


Specifications: Seat Ateca 1.6 TDI 115 SE Technology

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

List price £24,330

Target Price £23,546

Power 113bhp @ 3250-4000rpm

Torque 184lb ft @ 1500-3250rpm

0-60mph 10.8sec

Top speed 114mph

Claimed fuel economy 64.2mpg

True MPG 50.2mpg

CO2 emissions 114g/km


**[

for (var el of document.querySelectorAll('*[id^="-find-a-great"]')) { el.classList.add('btn'); el.classList.add('epsilon'); el.classList.add('btn--green'); el.classList.add('hoverBtn'); } for (var el of document.querySelectorAll('*[id^="-find-a-great"] a')) { el.style.color = "#ffffff"; el.style.textDecoration = "none"; el.style.borderBottom = "none"; el.style.hover = "none"; } for (var elBtn of document.querySelectorAll('*[id^="-find-a-great"] a')) { elBtn.style.color = "#ffffff"; el.style.textDecoration = "none"; el.style.borderBottom = "none"; el.style.hover = "none"; } for (var hvrBtn of document.getElementsByClassName("hoverBtn")) { hvrBtn.onmouseover = function() { hvrBtn.style.background = "none"; } hvrBtn.onmouseout = function() { hvrBtn.style.background = 'none'; }

if (hvrBtn.querySelectorAll) { as = hvrBtn.querySelectorAll('a'); for (var i = 0; i