Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
It’s unlikely that anyone will get into the Seat Ateca and find there isn't enough room in the front. It’s possible to slide the seat back a good amount to accommodate longer legs, and if you're long in the body, the driver’s seat drops low enough to provide good head room.
As for width, you certainly won’t be clashing elbows with your passenger. It’s a nice touch that all models come with a height-adjustable armrest, too, so you have somewhere to rest your elbow. Storage is also good: there's a cubby under the front armrest, two large door pockets and a big glovebox.
In the Ateca you also have to make do with 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks, instead of the more flexible 40/20/40 arrangement that some rivals offer. However, you'll find handy release levers just inside the tailgate opening that make it easy to drop the rear seats while you're loading. There's also a ski hatch for longer, thinner loads.
This is another area where the Ateca pips the Qashqai and Sportage – although not by much. Its boot is a nice, square shape with a wide aperture for loading broad items and it fits up to eight carry-on cases below the load cover. The Karoq's boot fits nine of those cases, mind.