New Skoda Karoq vs Seat Ateca

The Seat Ateca has been so successful that affiliated brand Skoda has borrowed the design for the new Karoq. Is our favourite small SUV about to be usurped?

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Skoda Karoq and Seat Ateca

Our verdict

So it’s a Czech rather than Catalan revolution – at least in the car world. Yes, the Karoq wins the day.

However, β€˜revolution’ is perhaps a little unfair to the Ateca, which continues to be highly recommendable. It encompasses many of its rival’s strengths and there is that sporty side – not just in how it drives but in the way this FR model looks – that distinguishes it from others.

But the Karoq is the better all-rounder. It’s a shame that the new engine is a slightly backward step, but its more polished ride and the flexibility provided by those rear seats widen the Karoq’s appeal. Factor in its lower costs and more generous standard kit, and that edges the Karoq past the winning post ahead of its esteemed sibling.

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1st – Skoda Karoq

For Comfortable ride; tidy handling; bigger boot; flexible rear seats; very well equipped

Against Noisier suspension and engine; no discounts yet

Rated 5 out of 5

Read our full Skoda Karoq review

Find a great Skoda Karoq deal

2nd – Seat Ateca

For Sharper handling; punchier engine; decently equipped; quieter cruiser

Against Pricier PCP finance; less versatile rear seats; firmer ride

Rated 5 out of 5

Read our full Seat Ateca review

Find a great Seat Ateca deal

Also consider:

Specifications: Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150 FR DSG

Engine 4cyl, 1395cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£26,340

Target Price Β£25,109

Power 148bhp @ 5000-6000rpm

Torque 184lb ft @ 1500-3500rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 8.4sec

Top speed 123mph

Gov't fuel economy 51.4mpg

CO2 emissions 125g/km

Specifications: Skoda Karoq 1.5 TSI 150 SE L DSG

Engine size 4cyl, 1486cc, turbo, petrol

List price Β£25,815

Target Price Β£25,815

Power 148bhp @ 5000-6000rpm

Torque 184lb ft @ 1500-3500rpm

Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic

0-60mph 9.2sec

Top speed 126mph

Claimed fuel economy 50.4mpg

CO2 emissions 127g/km

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