Used Seat Ateca long-term test: report 3

The Seat Ateca family SUV is our reigning Used Car of the Year, but now we've put our money where our mouth is to see what it's actually like to live with...

Seat Ateca fuel economy

The car 2020 Seat Ateca 1.5 TSI Evo FR Run by Max Adams, used cars reporter

Why it’s here To find out if a used family SUV is a better choice than an equivalent family hatchback or estate car 

Needs to Demonstrate practicality benefits, without costing that much more to run

Mileage 3014 List price new (2020) £27,460 Price new with options N/A Value now £21,414 Options fitted N/A Test economy 37.4mpg Official economy 42.5mpg (WLTP)

22 January 2021 - Keeping it local

The restrictions imposed over Christmas preventing movement between the tiers, followed the implementation of a national lockdown, has meant that the Seat Ateca and I have been relegated to local journeys only. This has had a bit of an impact on fuel economy and has seen me post its worst figure so far: 35.7mpg, knocking the running total back to 37.4mpg.

Of course, any car subjected to mostly shorter, stop/start journeys will consume more fuel, but I thought it'd be interesting to check the difference between the Ateca and the Audi A3 I used to run, because both used the same perky 148bhp 1.5-litre engine. 

Seat Ateca and Audi A3

The overall figure I got out of the A3 was 48.2mpg, while the Ateca was averaging a 42.5mpg in mostly motorway driving before the increase in local trips. While that's still an impressive figure for a petrol SUV, it just goes to show the downsides of having to carry around 125kg in extra weight due to its bigger body. Mind you, the Ateca is a lot more spacious, which is probably of far greater importance to most family SUV buyers. 

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