New Seat Ateca vs Audi Q2 vs Ford Kuga
There’s plenty of interest in family SUVs that are fun to drive, but is it worth stumping up the extra cash for a sporty trim?...
Whereas the other two cars have touchscreen interfaces, you control the Q2’s infotainment system using a rotary dial between the front seats. You simply twist to scroll through the menus and press down to make a selection; it’s much less distracting than stabbing away at a touchscreen. A bright 7.0in colour screen comes as standard; the 8.3in version (pictured) is part of the £1395 Technology Pack
The Kuga was recently treated to an updated infotainment system. Don’t get too excited, because the 8.0in touchscreen is still rather low-resolution and the on-screen menus could be more logical. Sound quality from the standard six-speaker stereo is acceptable rather than outstanding, so the nine-speaker Sony system (£500) is worth considering if you love your music. As with all three cars, smartphone mirroring is standard.
Like the Kuga, the Ateca gets an 8.0in touchscreen. Fortunately, the menus are more intuitive and the screen responds more promptly when you press it. We wouldn’t bother with the optional Navigation System Plus (£935), although the punchy 10-speaker Seat sound system (£330) is worth considering. Wireless phone charging is available and costs £505, although that does also bring keyless entry.