Even entry-level S models get 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning and a multi-function steering wheel. We’d advise spending a little extra to upgrade to at least SE trim, though. This adds 17in wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors, an 8.0in colour touchscreen, climate control and a rear armrest. SE Technology makes even more sense, adding LED headlights and sat-nav to all the stuff you get with regular SE trim.
However, we reckon FR trim makes the most sense of all, coming with 18in alloy wheels, a gloss-black grille, twin exhausts, body-coloured wheel arch surrounds and sports seats. You also get LED headlights and a rear-view camera. The more desirable styling means FR trim models should hold onto their value better than lesser versions.
Range-topping Xcellence trim gains heated seats, keyless entry and a wireless phone charger, but it's very pricey. We’d stick to one of the cheaper trims.
There are plenty of tempting options. We’d definitely add a height-adjustable boot floor and, if you're going for SE trim, sat-nav too. However, avoid going too mad with items such as the panoramic roof, which limits head room, and 19in alloys that spoil the ride.
Read more on how best to spec an Ateca, including which options we recommend and which to avoid.