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10 things we learned about the Seat Ateca

Date: 25 May 2017   |   Author: Alisdair Suttie

Category: Compact SUV
Key rival: Nissan Qashqai
Model tested: 2.0 TDI 150 Xcellence 4Drive
Price as tested: £28,120

Can the range-topping Seat Ateca tempt those in the market for a classy compact SUV. Al Suttie finds out.

1 - The Ateca has rightly drawn praise for its looks, which was underlined by the number of admiring comments out test car garnered.

2 - This is half the battle in the style-conscious compact SUV sector, so job done for the Spaniard, then.

3 - Um, not quite. Our Xcellence trim test car came with optional 19-inch alloy wheels and this caused a problem.


4 - Those rims might look good but, jeez, they don't half ruin the ride quality and cause the car to rattle over bumps.

5 - We know from driving other Atecas this would be solved by sticking to the standard 18-inchers.

6 - Otherwise, the 2.0-litre TDI 150 engine and six-speeder manual work very well, while 55.4mpg and 129g/km are decent for the class.

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7 - We're fans of the interior space, layout, design and infotainment, which all gel together.

8 - Not so impressive is the abundance of cheap, hard plastic trim that's much less prevalent in the Seat's Volkswagen Tiguan cousin.

9 - The keen pricing helps to forgive this and so does the enjoyable way the Ateca drives thanks to poised handling.

10 - With 4Drive sure-footedness, this Ateca will suit those living in further flung areas, but just resist ticking the box for the larger wheels.