The Seat Ateca breaks new ground for Seat, because the Spanish brand has previously built as many SUVs as it has spaceships. But while Seat is undoubtedly very late to the party, it’s drawing on the experience of others and offering keen pricing.
Underneath the sharp bodywork is essentially the same mechanicals that sits beneath the much more expensive Volkswagen Tiguan. True, the Ateca misses out on some of that car’s practical features, such as reclining and sliding rear seats, but it still has a large boot and masses of rear seat space.
We think many people will happily give up the VW’s extra flexibility when they consider that a very well equipped four-wheel-drive Ateca will cost the same as a mid-range two-wheel-drive Tiguan.
Other rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai offer lower CO2 emissions, but the Ateca is still more than respectable on this front. It compares favourably with the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, for example, while offering strong performance from a wide range of engines.
There are five options, ranging from a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol with 114bhp, right up to a 2.0-litre diesel with 187bhp.
Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know about the Ateca before buying one, including which trim level and engine to choose.