Buyer’s guide to the Seat Ateca

Buyer’s guide to the Seat Ateca

Seat’s first SUV is hugely popular and great fun to drive.

Seat has quickly established itself as one of the go-to manufacturers when it comes to crossovers, with models such as the Ateca, Arona and Tarraco.

But it was the Seat’s first SUV – the Ateca – that established this brand’s importance when it comes to producing these high-riding models.

Offering superb value for money, along with an enjoyable driving experience and a high-quality interior, the Ateca is undoubtedly one of the most appealing cars in this mid-size crossover class.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Ateca…

What engines are available?

Seat offers an extensive range of engines on its Ateca, with plenty of petrol and diesel variants to choose from.

Let’s start with the petrol engines, with buyers offered the option of three turbocharged units. Starting with a 113bhp 1.0-litre paired to a six-speed manual gearbox, followed by a 148bhp 1.5-litre that can be bought with a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission or the standard six-speed manual. At the top of the tree is a 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine that comes paired to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission as standard, along with four-wheel-drive.

Moving over to diesel models, the range starts with a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel engine that comes with a six-speed manual as standard, but with the option of a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission. Next is the popular 2.0-litre diesel engine, which can be had with either outputs of 148bhp or 187bhp.

The 148bhp engine has loads of choice, with the option of manual and automatic transmissions, with the latter also coming with four-wheel-drive, should you wish to specify it. Meanwhile the range-topping 187bhp engine is linked to an automatic transmission and four-wheel-drive as standard.

If you’re looking for the most efficient in the range, the 1.6-litre diesel engine is the best option – returning up to a claimed 54.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 120g/km. Meanwhile the engine offers the best performance in the Seat line-up is the 2.0-litre TSI – managing 0-60mph in under seven seconds and reaching a claimed top speed of 132mph.

What trim levels are offered?

As with engines, there is an impressive range of trim levels to choose from. The equipment highlights on each grade are as follows.

SE – from £22,635

Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, self-parking functionality (including front and rear parking sensors), cruise control, dual-zone climate control and automatic emergency braking.

SE Technology – from £24,420

This adds 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED rear lights, LED fog lights and an upgraded touchscreen with satellite navigation.

FR – from £27,055

This sporty grade adds revised 18-inch alloy wheels, and revised styling thanks to a rear spoiler, body-coloured wheelarch surrounds and additional chrome. It also features automatic lights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear view mirrors, sports seats trimmed in microsuede and ambient LED interior lighting.

FR Sport – from £28,655

On top of the FR, the Sport adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a digital cockpit, an electric driver’s seat, leather sports seats – the front two being heated.

Xcellence – from £27,385

Xcellence builds on the SE Technology by adding ambient interior lighting, adaptive cruise control, automati lights and wipers and a rear-view reversing camera.

Xcellence Lux – from £29,950

This range-topping engine features lager 19-inch alloy wheels, a digital cockpit, leather seats and an electric boot. It also features an all-around camera, heated front seats, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring and high-beam assist.

What about personalisation?

Seat is a manufacturer that prefers buyers to choose one well-specced trim level, rather than promoting lists of optional extras. This means the personalisation options are fairly limited.

There is a lengthy list of colours, all of which are no cost options. It varies from shades such as Bila White through to brighter shades, such as Lava Blue and Velvet Red.

After this the range of options is quite limited to things such as a panoramic sunroof (£1,050), a spare wheel (£120) and a towbar (£700).

That said from the accessories list, you can choose to fit side steps, bike racks and front styling accents, to name but a few options.

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