Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage

The Seat Ateca, Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage are all practical enough to carry you, your family and all your luggage, but which is the most competent?...

Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage

Our Verdict

How the mighty have fallen. It had to happen eventually, of course, but the margin of the Seat Ateca’s victory here is a real bombshell. It beats the once seemingly invincible Nissan Qashqai in every area apart from standard safety provisions and running costs, and even then the differences are small.

It’s a remarkable achievement by Seat, especially when you consider the Spanish brand has no prior experience in this market whatsoever. Perhaps most impressive is how thoroughly enjoyable the Ateca is to drive, but it’s also comfortable, well equipped and roomy. In fact, it makes the admittedly slightly more practical VW Tiguan it’s based on seem positively overpriced, and if you’re happy to do without four-wheel drive and are willing to sacrifice a few creature comforts, the Ateca represents even better value than it does in the form we’ve tested it here.

'The margin of the Ateca’s victory is a real bombshell'

The Kia Sportage finishes last. It’s virtually on a par with its rivals for practicality and interior quality, it has a fine infotainment system and it’s even pretty good value as long as you aren’t a company car driver. Sadly, it’s let down by a choppy ride, vague steering and a notchy gearshift. It also misses out on some important safety equipment and it isn’t as well equipped as its rivals in the luxury stakes, either.

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1st – Seat Ateca


Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage

For Brilliant to drive; smart, spacious interior; well-equipped

Against No sliding or reclining rear seats

Verdict Ateca stuns its long-established rivals to rocket to the top of the class

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2nd – Nissan Qashqai


Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage

For Great to drive; most lavishly equipped; lowest CO2 emissions

Against Heaviest depreciation; least impressive infotainment system

Verdict Cheaper Qashqais make more sense than this range-topper

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3rd – Kia Sportage


Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage

For Smart, practical interior; clever rear seats; seven-year warranty

Against Disappointing to drive; missing safety and luxury kit; highest CO2 emissions

Verdict Not a bad car, but far from a great one

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Specifications: Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi 134 KX-3

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £27,250

Target Price £25,623

Power 134bhp

Torque 275lb ft

0-60mph 10.4sec

Top speed 114mph

Fuel economy 54.3mpg (official combined)

CO2 emissions 139g/km

Specifications: Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi 130 Tekna

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel

Price from £27,885

Target Price £25,059

Power 128bhp

Torque 236lb ft

0-60mph 10.5sec

Top speed 118mph

Fuel economy 61.4mpg (official combined)

CO2 emissions 120g/km

Specifications: Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI 150 4Drive Xcellence

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price £27,960

Target Price £27,960

Power 148bhp

Torque 251lb ft

0-60mph 9.2sec

Top speed 122mph

Fuel economy 57.6mpg (official combined)

CO2 emissions 128g/km