It’s unlikely anyone will get into the Ateca and find there’s not enough room up front. It’s possible to slide the seat back a good amount for those long in the leg, while those long of body will find the seat drops low enough to give plenty of head room. As for width, you certainly won’t be clashing elbows with your passenger.
As you’d expect from such a tall car, the door openings are big and you can easily slide onto the front seats. There’s a large centre cubby that, on certain models, has wireless phone charging functionality. Both doors get large door pockets and there’s additional storage under the front armrest where fitted.
You also get a couple of cupholders and a good-sized glovebox.
Seat Ateca rear space
The Ateca’s rear doors are a good size and open wide enough to make access easy. There’s plenty of leg room once you’re inside, too – even tall adults won’t find their knees pressed up against the front seatbacks.
There’s certainly no shortage of head room, either; the ceiling is higher than a Nissan Qashqai’s so head space is roughly on a par with the VW Tiguan. Even though there’s a high central floor-tunnel to clamber over, once in place middle seat passengers are also well catered for, with a relatively wide and comfortable seat. All of which means that if you regularly carry five people, the Ateca’s your best option in this class.
All models get pockets in the rear doors although S models do without a rear armrest that comes with two cup holders.
Seat Ateca seating flexibility
Rivals do it better
The Ateca may be based on the Tiguan, but it does without that car’s clever sliding and reclining rear seats; a feature shared with the Kia Sportage. In fact it’s not even an option, and you also have to make do with 60/40 split rear seatbacks instead of the more flexible arrangement of 40/20/40 that some rivals get.
SE models and above have handy release levers just inside the tailgate opening that means it is easy to drop the rear seats, which is a boon. As for the front seats, only the driver’s chair gets height adjustment on entry-level S models, but upgrade to SE trim or above and you get passenger seat height adjustment, too.
Seat Ateca boot space
This is another area where the Ateca pips the Qashqai and Kia Sportage, although not by much. The load bay is a nice, square shape with a wide aperture for loading broad items.
A height-adjustable boot floor is a fairly cheap option and, when set to its highest position, there’s virtually no load lip at the entrance and no big step in the floor of the extended load bay when the rear seats are folded. The rear seats lie at a slight angle when folded, but not enough to cause too much of a nuisance.
If you’re considering a four-wheel drive model, it’s worth remembering that boot space is reduced by a few litres.