Nissan Qashqai vs Seat Ateca vs Vauxhall Mokka X

Nissan’s Qashqai has already been beaten once by the Seat Ateca. Now it’s back in our favoured 1.5-litre diesel form, along with the revamped Vauxhall Mokka X

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New Vauxhall Mokka X vs Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca

Our verdict

The new Seat Ateca takes yet another win over our old favourite the Nissan Qashqai, albeit by a smaller margin with this 1.6-litre diesel engine than with the 2.0-litre diesel.

We like the fact the Ateca brings driver enjoyment to the small SUV class. Putting a smile on your face isn’t all it does well, though – it has a solid interior, more than enough space for you and your family and an excellent array of both standard and optional safety kit to protect everyone on board. While the 2.0-litre diesel is a better buy, the 1.6-litre is still a thoroughly recommendable package.

Running costs are one area where the Qashqai still rules. Ultra-low CO2 emissions and leasing bills put this 1.5-litre diesel model bang on the money if you’re a company car driver, and while it might not be as pin-sharp to drive on B-roads as the Ateca, its more relaxed demeanour will appeal to anyone who likes a quiet life. Spend some money on options, such as the touchscreen infotainment and safety pack, and you’ll have a very fine car indeed.

That leaves the Vauxhall Mokka X. We’d hoped this facelift would have moved it up the pecking order, but dynamically that certainly isn’t the case. Yes, it’s relatively nippy, but its power delivery is inconsistent and the way the Mokka X rides, handles and suppresses noise all disappoint. Redemption comes from the fact it’s cheaper to buy, reasonably economical to run and comes with bundles of kit. It has some merit for those seeking out a bargain, then, but it’s still below par by the standards of the class.

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1st – Seat Ateca 1.6 TDI 115 Ecomotive SE

For Spacious interior; clever rear seats; big boot;lots of standard equipment

Against Fairly pricey; gruff engine; unremarkable CO2 emissions

Verdict Good to drive, well-equipped and seriously practical

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 Acenta

For Tidy handling; classy interior; brilliant infotainment

Against Road noise; you’ll want to add a few options

Verdict The best version of a fine small SUV

Rated 4 out of 5

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3rd – Vauxhall Mokka X 1.6 CDTi 136 Ecoflex Design Nav

For Cheapest monthly PCP repayments; strong engine

Against So-so interior; unsettled ride; gearchange

Verdict Still great value, but starting to feel its age

Rated 2 out of 5

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Specifications: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi 110 Acenta

Engine size 1.5-litre, diesel

List price Β£21,960

Target Price Β£20,208

Power 109bhp

Torque 192lb ft

0-62mph 11.2sec

Top speed 113mph

Fuel economy 51.9mpg (True MPG)

CO2 99g/km

Seat Ateca 1.6 TDI 115 Ecomotive SE

Engine size 1.6-litre, diesel

List price Β£21,900

Target Price Β£21,190

Power 113bhp

Torque 184lb ft

0-62mph 10.4sec

Top speed 114mph

Fuel economy 50.2mpg (True MPG)

CO2 113g/km

Vauxhall Mokka X 1.6 CDTi 136 Ecoflex Design Nav

Engine size 1.6-litre, diesel

List price Β£19,865

Target Price Β£18,910

Power 134bhp

Torque 236lb ft

0-62mph 9.4sec

Top speed 118mph

Fuel economy 47.0mpg (True MPG)

CO2 106g/km

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