The Ateca jumps to the top of its class for driver comfort, too. There’s a wide range of adjustment for both the steering wheel and seat while most models receive adjustable lumbar support as standard. All models feature a height adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that adjusts for both reach and rake. The pedals, seat and steering wheel are also nicely aligned, helping to keep you relaxed on lengthy trips.
In keeping with the sporty image, the seats in all models have more side support than many competitors’. This means you don’t find yourself hanging on to the steering wheel to keep yourself from sliding around the car through bends. And with the exception of the S trim, you get an armrest between the front seats that makes for comfy cruising.
Seat Ateca visibility
Thanks to the high-set seats, you get a great view of the road from the Ateca. The windscreen pillars aren’t too thick, which makes pulling out of junctions no chore. Over the shoulder visibility is better than some rivals, too; although the windows do narrow towards the rear of the car this is less of a problem than in the Kia Sportage, for instance.
You also get smaller rear pillars than in some of the competition, although the kick up in the rear window does make things a little trickier.
If you are worried about visibility in the Ateca, then SE models and above feature rear parking sensors to help in tight spots. There’s also the option of a reversing camera or a top view camera. The latter item offers a bird’s-eye view of the car, which makes it easy too see how close you are to obstacles. Failing that, you can even have a self-parking system.
Seat Ateca infotainment
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, so you get a full colour 8.0in touchscreen.
SE trim also adds voice control and four extra speakers, but no sat-nav or DAB radio. Both of these come bundled together as a reasonably priced option or come as standard on top-of-the-range Xcellence or business-focused SE Technology trims, although the latter is only available on certain engines.
Although the menus aren’t quite as easy to navigate as those in a Kia Sportage, you get more functionality with clearer displays.
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 use your device’s navigation and music services without having to pay for the equivalent expensive factory-fitted upgrades.
Seat Ateca build quality
Given the price of the Ateca, the interior is more than a match for the Qashqai and Sportage. There’s plenty of soft touch plastic on the dashboard and higher spec models get attractive piano black trim to replace less attractive matte black areas.
Most of the buttons and switches are borrowed from the smaller Seat Leon and they don’t feel cheap, although they don’t operate as slickly as the equivalents in a VW Tiguan, let alone an Audi Q2. Look lower on the dashboard, and you will find harder, scratchier plastic, which is the case in most rivals, too.