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 – that's the entry point for a full-colour 8.0in touchscreen that's miles better.
SE trim adds voice control and four extra speakers (to make eight in total), 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 the business-focused SE Technology, sporty FR and top-of-the-range Xcellence trims.
We'd prefer a separate rotary dial controller along the lines of BMW’s iDrive 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 that the definition of the display isn't nearly as good as it is in some of Seat's cheaper models, including the Arona, or in the Ateca’s sibling, the Karoq. It’s a far better system than you get in a Nissan Qashqai, though.
It is worth remembering that SE trim and above receive Seat’s Full Link system, complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring. Assuming you have a compatible smartphone, you can control some of its features via the car's touchscreen. Meanwhile, wireless phone-charging and a more powerful sound system are optional on most trims.