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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 with Volkswagen Tiguan

Our verdict

Until now, the Ateca has dealt a sound thrashing to all comers, but that’s not the case here. If your budget stretches beyond Β£30,000, the competition is suddenly stronger and the challenge tougher. At this price, the Ateca’s interior feels a bit low-rent, its firm ride is harder to forgive and, while in cheaper forms it plays the value for money card incredibly well, here it’s actually the more expensive car to lease or buy on PCP.

We still think the Tiguan is a little dearer than it should be, particularly for company car drivers. However, there’s no doubting its superior comfort, more practical rear seats, posher interior and quieter cruising manners. It better justifies its price, and for that reason it has to take the win here.

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1st – Volkswagen Tiguan

For More comfortable ride; cleverer rear seats; cheaper to buy on PCP finance

Against More expensive to own privately or run as a company car; so-so performance

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Volkswagen Tiguan review


2nd – Seat Ateca

For Sharper handling; more standard luxuries; gutsier performance

Against Firmer ride; slightly less practical; noisier cruising manners

Rated 4 out of 5

Read our full Seat Ateca review


Specifications: Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI 190 4Drive Xcellence auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£30,795

Target Price Β£29,185

Power 187bhp

Torque 295lb ft

0-60mph 7.3sec

Top speed 132mph

Fuel economy 53.3mpg

CO2 emissions 135g/km


Specifications: Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 4Motion SE Navigation auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price Β£31,960

Target Price Β£29,435

Power 148bhp

Torque 251lb ft

0-60mph 9.1sec

Top speed 124mph

Fuel economy 49.6mpg

CO2 emissions 149g/km


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