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Used test: Nissan Qashqai vs Seat Ateca verdict

The Nissan Qashqai is Britain's best-selling family SUV, so there are plenty of great used ones to choose from, but is the Seat Ateca an even better secondhand buy?...

Used test - Nissan Qashqai vs Seat Ateca

Our Verdict

There's a lot to like about the Nissan Qashqai. It rides well, returns impressive fuel economy and comes with plenty of kit. Apart from its questionable reliability, the crux of why it – spoiler alert – places second in this used twin test comes mainly down to what it's up against.

The Seat Ateca is not only roomier and more practical than the Qashqai but is also quicker and more enjoyable to drive. Sure, we'd recommend going for the 1.4-litre petrol model instead of this diesel, due to it being more powerful and refined, but even in our test car's guise the model remains very impressive. It's certainly worth that extra £1000 over the Qashqai in our eyes. 

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1st – Seat Ateca

Used Seat Ateca

For Roomier interior, stronger performance, sharper handling 
Against Firmer ride, not as fuel efficient, not as much standard kit
Verdict It's pricier, but then it is the better all-round package

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Nissan Qashqai

Used Nissan Qashqai

For More comfortable ride, more standard equipment, cheaper to buy
Against Reliability, odd-shaped boot, so-so infotainment
Verdict Still a likeable SUV, but rivals have bettered it now

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Seat Ateca 1.6 TDI SE Technology

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel
Power 113bhp
Torque 184lb ft
0-60mph 10.8sec
Top speed 114mph
Fuel economy 64.2mpg (NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 114g/km

Specifications: Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi N-Connecta

Engine size 1.5-litre diesel
Power 108bhp
Torque 192lb ft
0-60mph 11.7sec
Top speed 113mph
Fuel economy 74.3mpg (NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 99g/km

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