New Peugeot 3008 & Toyota C-HR vs Seat Ateca

The Seat Ateca is our reigning Small SUV of the Year, but can it see off the stylish new Peugeot 3008 and Toyota C-HR?

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What are they like inside?

All three cars provide enough leg and head room up front for tall adults. Getting comfortable behind the wheel is easy, too, because all have generous steering wheel and seat adjustment, plus standard adjustable lumbar support.

It’s the same story in the back; a couple of adults can sit behind those in the front without their knees touching the front seatbacks or their hair brushing the ceiling. However, the C-HR’s pinched rear styling and narrow windows make its rear seats feel claustrophobic; you have to lean forwards just to see out.

The 3008 has by far the plushest interior. Soft surfaces, classy materials and exquisite attention to detail combine with solid build quality to create an environment that wouldn’t look out of place in a much more expensive SUV.

The Ateca has the same sturdy build quality, but you may find its swathes of grey plastics a bit uninspiring. By contrast, the C-HR is interesting to look at with lots of different colours and textures; only its cheaper-feeling switches and a greater abundance of hard plastics let it down slightly.

Officially, the 3008 has the biggest boot, but, in reality, the Ateca measures up better. The 3008’s boot is longer, but the Ateca’s is quite a bit taller. That said, all 3008’s come with a height adjustable boot floor, whereas adding this to the Ateca costs Β£115. The C-HR has the smallest boot, plus an almighty lip at the entrance to lift bags over and no height-adjustable boot floor option.

All three cars get 60/40 split-folding rear seats, but only the 3008’s lie flat when folded. There’s a step in the Ateca’s extended load bay, but it can be erased by forking out for the height-adjustable floor.

The C-HR’s radical styling poses the biggest problem for rear visibility. Happily, Toyota, like the other two car makers, throws in a reversing camera free of charge to help you get around any issues.

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Toyota C-HR

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Decent to drive, generously equipped and the hybrid version makes a lot of sense as a company car. It's just a shame the Toyota C-HR isn’t cheaper to buy and bigger in the back.