Used test: Seat Ateca vs Volkswagen Tiguan verdict

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

Used test: Seat Ateca vs Volkswagen Tiguan

Our Verdict

The Seat Ateca is simply a class act. It succeeds at giving buyers a family SUV that's good to drive, well-equipped and excellent value for money. In many group comparisons, it often dominates, beating everything from the Audi Q3 to the Vauxhall Grandland X. However, in this particular used twin test, it's met its match. 

We'll admit that if the Ateca featured a more affordable trim, it would likely be victorious – it's that close – but as it stands, the model can't earn points over the Volkswagen Tiguan on price. When you take that into account, as well as the Tiguan's superior comfort, practicality, interior quality and cruising manners, a certain ranking becomes clear. Sure, not night and day clear, but clear enough to name the Tiguan our winner. 

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1st – Volkswagen Tiguan

Used test: Seat Ateca vs Volkswagen Tiguan

For More comfortable ride; cleverer rear seats
Against More expensive to run; so-so performance
Verdict A great family SUV that’s now much more affordable as a used buy

Used test: Seat Ateca vs Volkswagen Tiguan

For Sharper handling; more standard luxuries; gutsier performance
Against Firmer ride; slightly less practical; noisier cruising manners
Verdict Still a fine car, but far better value in mid-range form

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Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI 190 4Drive Xcellence auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 187bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 7.3sec
Top speed 132mph
Fuel economy 53.3mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 135g/km


Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI 150 4Motion SE Navigation auto

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 148bhp
Torque 251lb ft
0-60mph 9.1sec
Top speed 124mph
Fuel economy 49.6mpg (Official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 149g/km