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Seat Ateca vs Volkswagen Tiguan

The Seat Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan are closely related under the skin, but there are key differences. So, which is the better small SUV?

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Seat Ateca dashboard

Behind the wheel

Driving position, visibility, build quality

Considering the Tiguan’s higher price and more premium billing, you’d expect it to be plusher than the Ateca inside. But while it does score higher for perceived quality, thanks to squishier door trims, more soft-touch plastics and better switches, the differences are smaller than you might imagine.

Getting comfortable in either car is easy; both have a widely adjustable driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support to help ward off lower back pain on longer journeys.

All-round visibility is also good in both of these SUVs, and both have front and rear sensors to make parking easier. Both of our contenders have pedals that line up neatly with the steering wheel, along with a good-sized rest for your left foot.

As for instruments, the Ateca has conventional dials with a digital display in between that can show a variety of information. The Tiguan has a very similar arrangement as standard, but our test car had the optional fully digital instrument display, which is great but too pricey to recommend at Β£590.

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