For a diesel, the 1.6 is pretty quiet, while the three-cylinder petrol thrums away when you rev it, but not in an unpleasant fashion. However, both engines send quite a few vibrations through the pedals and gearlever at certain revs.
From about 50mph onwards, you have to put up with some wind noise emanating from around the door mirrors and, on coarse surfaces, a degree of road noise, too. This isn’t overbearing but, for refined progress, a Nissan Qashqai is noticeably quieter.
Similarly, while the gearshift is far from obstructive, the lever doesn’t snick through its gate with the precision that the Seat Ateca’s does.
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