Used Seat Ateca long-term test: report 5

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

Seat Ateca 'Hz like heaven ' sound screen

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

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

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

Mileage 3576 List price new (2020) £27,460 Price new with options N/A Value now £20,447 Test economy 37.2mpg Official economy 42.5mpg (WLTP)

23 March 2021 – Hertz like heaven

Spending an extended period of time with a car allows you to find some odd quirks, and I’ve discovered such an oddity with my used Seat Ateca.

Most of you will know that Seat is part of the Volkswagen group empire, and utalises many of the major components such as engines and underpinnings used within the group. One of those bits, I assumed, was the infotainment system, but after looking at a similar system in a Skoda Kodiaq, the larger sister to my car, I found that one particular screen is different.

Skoda Kodiaq sound setting menu

The sound settings menu in a Kodiaq adjusts it in bass, treble and mid, but with the Ateca, you get it all in hertz (Hz). It seems like an odd decision to make because I think you’d need a music degree to understand what the Seat screen means. So, I thought I’d ask the brand why there's a difference, and I received this response: "Seat's touchscreen user interface and functionality has been designed to give customers as much as control as possible and allow personalisation of the in-car technology." Got that? Almost as clear as that menu screen. I'll keep trying to fine-tune my stereo to produce the perfect sound in the meantime.

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