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SEAT Ateca Estate

1.5 TSI EVO SE Technology 5dr DSG

SEAT Ateca Estate - 1.5 TSI EVO SE Technology 5dr DSG

Vehicle Information

List Price
£28,315.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
8.6 secs
Engine Size
1.5
No. of Doors
5
CO2
154 g/km
By Line

The Ateca was SEAT's very first Crossover. This updated version continues to look a strong proposition. Jonathan Crouch checks out what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

SEAT's Ateca feels rejuvenated as a result of a significant package of updates. There are fresher looks, a more modern cabin, more frugal engines and stronger standards of safety. Plus this compact mid-sized SUV remains dynamically adept in a way few rivals can match.

Background

Not many brands enter an entirely new market segment and get it right first time, but that's exactly what Spanish maker SEAT managed with its first compact SUV, the Ateca. Launched in 2016, it's since become one of the Iberian manufacturer's biggest selling models, over 300,000 having been sold prior to the launch of this facelifted version. Nothing too extreme's been done here. Nothing much needed to be. The Ateca was already the best car in its segment to drive and also one of the most affordable and one of the more efficient. But its looks were becoming over-familiar, so SEAT's tweaked those, at the same time as adding the latest screen tech to the cabin, plus there's been some mild tinkering in the engine range.

Driving Experience

Prior to the original launch of this Ateca, we'd come to accept that compact Crossover models of this kind were never going to be very good to drive. If that's still your perspective, then a pleasant surprise is in store once you hit a few twisty roads in this little SUV. Drive at seven or eight tenths and there's pretty much no difference between the dynamic responses you get from this SEAT and those of the Leon hatchback it's based upon. Only when you push right to the limit does this Ateca's taller stance and slight extra weight begin to tell - and even then, the car's pretty responsive, with well-controlled body roll and enthusiastic levels of grip and traction. That much has remained the same with this revised version, but there are a few changes on the engine front. The turbocharged 1.0-litre three cylinder TSI petrol unit that most customers choose is now standardised with 110PS and gets a range of updates to improve its efficiency. It's only available linked to manual transmission. If you want the option of an auto with a petrol-powered Ateca, you'll probably want the 1.5 TSI unit, which puts out 150PS and is also now slightly more efficient, as before integrating Active Cylinder Management technology. The most powerful petrol option is a 190PS 2.0-litre TSI unit which can only be had linked to DSG dual-clutch auto transmission and an extra-cost 4Drive all-wheel-drive system. The 2.0 TSI unit is also available in the top CUPRA Ateca with a 300PS power output. As for diesel, well the previous 1.6 TDI unit is no more, replaced by a 115PS 2.0-litre TDI powerplant offered only in manual form. There's also a 2.0-litre TDI 150PS diesel unit, which can be had with the option of DSG dual-clutch auto transmission and 4Drive AWD.

Design and Build

You'd recognise this as a slightly newer model thanks to its revised radiator grille, its smarter LED headlamps and its redesigned fog lamps. Further design changes have been made to the front air intakes, the skid plate and the bumper. The designers have also added the same creases into the bonnet as you'll find on the latest Leon hatch and the large Tarraco SUV, establishing a family connection between these key models. There are also new exhaust pipes and on the tailgate, the Ateca gets the handwriting-style logo badge we first saw on the latest Leon. Under skin, this SEAT continues to sit on the same MQB platform as its more conventional Leon stablemate and uses most of the same mechanicals found in similarly-sized Volkswagen Group SUVs. Inside, there are fresh designs for the door cards and smarter trim materials, plus there's much nicer re-upholstered steering wheel. Plusher models now get the 10.25-inch SEAT Digital Cockpit instrument binnacle screen. Plus across the range, an upgraded infotainment system, which incorporates a new HMI interface, is available via repositioned 8.25-inch or 9.2-inch touchscreens, ensuring that the interior is fully digitalised. At the back, there's decent room for two adults on supportive seats, but the bench doesn't slide nor do the back rests recline like they do in a Volkswagen Tiguan. The 485-litre boot's a bit smaller than that pricier Volkswagen rival model too, though will easily swallow a couple of big cases and a pushchair.

Market and Model

There's a choice of 'SE', 'SE Dynamic', 'FR', 'FR Sport', 'Xperience', 'Xperience Lux' and 'CUPRA' trim levels. The asking figures start from just under £24,000 and you're going to be paying around £28,000 for one of the sporty 'FR' variants many potential buyers will want. The 'Xperience' variant gets off road styling additions including black plastic lower trim, an aluminium finish valance and side mouldings and body-coloured surrounds for the wheel arches. The mid-range 'FR' trim level is now defined by a sportier visual with key accents, including a fresh grille design, special front and rear bumper mouldings, a fog lamp grill, mirror caps, unique side mouldings and bespoke exhausts, all finished in Cosmo Grey Matte. The standard infotainment system boasts an 8.25-inch screen with smartphone audio compatibility, while the larger 9.2-inch Connect System (standard from 'SE Dynamic' trim upwards) offers online navigation and natural voice control to simplify user interaction. There's a redesigned voice recognition system too: to wake it up, you say "Hola Hola" and it will be ready to go. Plus as before, there's SEAT's 'Full Link' media system, allowing owners to seamlessly pair their smartphones and access their digital lives no matter what device they use - either wireless Apple CarPlay (based on Bluetooth or WLAN) or Android Auto using a cable.

Cost of Ownership

A little surprisingly, there's no trace of engine electrification here - for the time being anyway. The key news with this revised model is that the 1.0-litre TSI three cylinder petrol engine that most Ateca customers choose now features a new combustion process and a variable geometry turbocharger, which together improve efficiency by claimed 10%. The alternative entry-level diesel, a 115PS 2.0-litre TDI unit, has also been enhanced over the previous 1.6 litre TDI powerplant, now featuring a twin-dosing SCR system that cuts and NOx emissions significantly. The 2.0 TDI 150PS unit continues, managing up to 52.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 141g/km in manual form. On to maintenance. Every Ateca has the same servicing requirements. A major service is required at 2,000 mile intervals, with an oil change every 10,000 miles. Cars that travel less than 10,000 miles a year require an inspection service with an oil change every 12 months. What else? Well there's SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Toyota and Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the SEAT deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance.

Summary

If you didn't already want an Ateca, there's nothing here that would radically reposition this car in your thinking. But if you were approaching the purchase of one of the smaller volume brand mid-sized SUVs with an open mind and tried the improved version of this SEAT, we think you'd like what you found. This Ateca now feels like an up-to-the-minute crossover, rather than one launched half a decade ago. That's the object of any facelift but not all of them achieve this goal. The engine changes are probably most significant, with greater economy and lower emissions for the base petrol and diesel units that most Ateca buyers will want. But we think this car's biggest selling point will continue to be something that hasn't been affected one jot by this update. Driving dynamics. This is still that rarest of things, a small SUV that is great to drive. Long may it continue.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rear wash/wipe
BRAKES
  • ABS, Traction control system (TCS), Electronic stability control (ESC) and Electronic differential lock system (XDS)
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • Front assist with autonomous emergency braking
  • Hill hold control
  • Traction control
DRIVER AIDS
  • Cruise control system with speed limiter
  • PAS
  • SEAT drive profile with driving experience button - Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual mode, gearshift, steering and throttle response
  • Self parking functionality (includes front and rear parking sensors)
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Door mirrors with welcome light silhouette
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Chrome interior detailing
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Black wheel arch surrounds
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome front grille frame
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome side window trim
  • Metallic paint
  • Simulated exhaust pipes
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dynamic headlight range control with self adjusting whilst driving
  • Full LED headlamps with lens and LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • LED rear tail lights with dynamic indicators
  • Rear fog lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Dual zone climate control
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12v socket in front
  • Cloth upholstery with front comfort seats
  • Front centre armrest
  • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
  • Storage compartment in roof console for sunglass
  • Storage compartment under driver's seat
PACKS
  • Interior lighting pack - Ateca
  • Navigation system pack with DAB - Ateca
SAFETY
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Airbags - Driver and front passenger airbag with deactivation, front side, two curtain and driver's knee airbags
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
SEATS
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Front and rear head restraints
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • Height adjustable driver and passenger seat with lumbar adjustment
  • ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
  • Rear armrest and easy back seat release mechanism from boot
SECURITY
  • Alarm
  • Keyless entry
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Wireless full link smartphone integration
  • Wireless phone charger
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" Performance machined alloy wheels 36/2 in nuclear grey
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre repair kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO2: 121
  • HC+NOx: N
  • NOx: 0.025
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: 74.5
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1498
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Type: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Stroke: 85.9
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 7.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 6.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 7.1
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: TSI EVO
  • Coin Series: SE Technology
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 150
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.5
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 8.6
  • BHP: 150
  • Engine Power KW: 110
  • Engine Power RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque MKG: 25.5
  • Engine Torque NM: 250
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1500
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: PERFORMANCE
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1601
  • Height (including roof rails): 1615
  • Length: 4381
  • Wheelbase: 2638
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1841
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 510
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1940
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 700
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1333
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 607
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£208.80
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,879.20 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£174.00
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,566.00 Ex VAT
Contract Term (9 + 47)
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
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List Price
28,315.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
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Free UK mainland
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TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
An Arrangement Fee will be applied. Charges for excess mileage and/or damage may apply at the end of the contract.
Personal lease
£208.80
Initial payment (Inc VAT)
£1,879.20
Business lease
£174.00
Initial payment (Ex VAT)
£1,566.00
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£208.80
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,879.20 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£174.00
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,566.00 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
28,315.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£28,315.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
8.6 secs
Engine Size
1.5
No. of Doors
5
CO2
154 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£208.80
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,879.20 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£174.00
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,566.00 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

SEAT Ateca Estate

1.5 TSI EVO SE Technology 5dr DSG

SEAT ATECA ESTATE *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£208.80
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,879.20 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£174.00
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,566.00 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC