Which used Seat Ateca estate should I buy?
If you don’t do very many miles, the 1.0 or 1.4 TSI engines, or even more the later 1.5 TSI engine, are more than up to the job. They don’t manage to achieve the same fuel economy as the diesels, but they’re not a million miles away. They're wonderfully smooth, too, and punchy enough for all purposes.
The 148bhp 2.0 diesel is the one that offers the best blend of performance and economy, especially if you need a car to haul family and luggage on longer trips. You can have it in front-wheel-drive form, which makes it almost as economical as the smaller, less powerful 1.6 diesel. However, we prefer the petrol options for their added refinement.
S trim is a little on the basic side, and while it does get air conditioning, automatic emergency braking, 16in alloy wheels and a multifunction steering wheel, its 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system isn’t the easiest to operate on the move.
You are better off finding an SE model, which adds all you really need to the SUV: cruise control, rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, Bluetooth, climate control and a rear centre armrest. SE Technology adds LED headlights and sat-nav. FR versions look sportier with body colour exterior trim, gloss-black grille and sports seats inside the car. Top-of-the-line Xcellence brings additional creature comforts such as heated leather seats, reversing camera and automatic lights and wipers.
As far as we’re concerned, SE offers great value for money on the used market, but if you were to find an SE Tech version for a reasonable price it'd be even better.
Our favourite Seat Ateca: 1.4 TSI 150 SE
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