Entry-level S models receive a 5.0in monochrome touchscreen system with an FM radio, USB port, SD card and Bluetooth connectivity. We’d advise going for SE trim at least, though, which is the entry point for a full colour 8.0in touchscreen.
SE trim also adds voice control and four extra speakers, but you still don't get sat-nav or a DAB radio. Both of these are bundled together as a reasonably priced option or come as standard on top-of-the-range Xcellence, business-focused SE Technology and sporty FR trims.
We'd prefer a seperate rotary dial controller than a touchscreen because the former is easier to use while you're driving. However, as touchscreens go, the Ateca's 8.0in version is easy to get to grips with, thanks to its logical menus and reasonably snappy response times. It's just a pity the definition of the display isn't nearly as good as it is in some of Seat's cheaper models, including the Arona.
It is worth remembering that SE and above receive Seat’s Full Link system, complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Assuming you have a compatible smartphone, you can control some of its features via the car's touchscreen. Meanwhile, wireless phone charger and a more powerful sound system are optional on most trims.