The SEAT Ateca is the first production model of SEAT with off-road appearance. It is a wide car for the dimensions of its body, both the passenger compartment and the trunk ( more information on the impressions of the interior ). The interior has a good appearance, with materials that are pleasing to the eye and to the touch, and the different parts that compose it are well adjusted. On the road it performs well: it is comfortable, relatively agile and of safe reactions (more information in the driving impressions ).
Since April 2017 there are two new features in the range: SEAT has added to the offer a new engine – petrol and 190 hp – and a new level of equipment -FR-.
Structurally the Ateca is similar to the SEAT León . The body is 4.36 meters long, so its main rival by size (among other things) is the Nissan Qashqai . SEAT plans to launch another larger model, similar to Škoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace (both may have seven seats).
By type of engine, there are six versions. Three are Diesel -1.6 TDI of 116 hp and 2.0 TDI of 150 and 190 hp- and three of petrol -1.0 TSI of 116 hp, 1.4 TSI of 150 hp and 2.0 TSI 190 hp. There are front-wheel drive ( listed ) and all-wheel drive ( listed ), with manual transmission and automatic transmission ( listed ). In August 2016, SEAT withdrew the Diesel version of 150-hp front-wheel drive, which was expected to be the one with the highest demand in the market. There is more information on this in this article .
Precisely the version withdrawn was the one that we drove during the presentation. Subsequently we have tested the top version of the range, 2.0 TDI 190 hp 4Drive DSG and the 150 hp petrol, with front and manual traction.
The Diesel version of 190 hp does not seem interesting: it does not have a performance according to its power, its consumption is normal and its response is penalized by the developments and the management of the automatic transmission, although the comfort of running, the quality of Rolling and insulation are good and its price is lower than most alternatives ( comparative tab ). The 150 hp petrol, which shares qualities with Diesel, we liked more for its engine, smooth operation, quiet and progressive response that has a moderate fuel consumption and gives good performance.
We have also briefly conducted the two versions of 116 hp. The gasoline, which has three cylinders, runs smoothly, more than Diesel, which is tetracyclindrical. They are two versions of low power for those who have to make frequent overtaking or travel with the car very loaded, but that serve perfectly for an urban use or displacements in which the requirement of power is low.
The cheapest Ateca is the one that has a 115 horsepower gasoline engine and front-wheel drive. It costs 21,640 euros, a price similar to that of a Nissan Qashqai, a Renault Kadjar , a Ssangyong Korando , a Citroën C4 Aircross and a Kia Sportage . In this list of ATVs that measure between 4.30 and 4.50 m in length and cost between 21 000 and 39 000 euros ordered by price appear all possible alternatives to the Ateca by size and cost of acquisition.
SEAT Ateca has many common elements with the Tiguan 2016 . The Volkswagen model is a little longer, may have equipment elements that are not available in the SEAT and, equal to the engine and traction system, costs more (there is € 6735 difference between the 2.0 TDI versions 150 hp traction Total comparative tab ).
SEAT offers the Ateca with four levels of equipment: Reference, Style and Xcellence, plus the newcomer FR. With the Style level, the fatigue detection system of the driver, the slope start assistant and the 17-inch alloy wheels are standard. With the XCELLENCE, SEAT adds 18-inch wheels, different body moldings, keyless entry and keyless entry, rear view camera and Alcantara upholstery. There are also 19-inch wheels available as an option.
The versions FR -associated with motors of 150 or more horses- are distinguished because the lower part of the bumpers are not black, but the same color as the rest, as with the wheel rim moldings and the area Lower part of the doors (to which a gray decorative part has also been added). Other differences are the frame of the windows and roof bars, also black, a larger spoiler and the FR emblems of the grill and gate. There are also different decorative moldings, a steering wheel with red stitching and the seats are upholstered in Alcantara (in option it may be leather).
The SEAT Ateca can have headlights with LEDs to perform all lighting functions, a system called “welcome light” that projects the name “Ateca” and a silhouette of the body every time the opening button (By means of a light placed in the base of the mirror, image ). Led lights and the «welcome light» are standard on the Xcellence level and, for units ordered before June 30, 2016, they were also on the Style level – more information on the equipment in the datasheets -.
The security equipment is plentiful. Amongst the driving assistants that you can have are the active speed programmer with a driving assistant in jams (the latter only in automatic versions) – the system is able to adapt the speed to stop the vehicle completely, to restart and keep within the lane until about 60 km / h-, the emergency brake with obstacle detection , the traffic sign recognition , the system detect vehicles in the blind spot , the system cross – traffic detection (prevents Collisions with other vehicles that circulate along the road to which the car is incorporated when leaving a reversing car park;
There are two multimedia systems available, one with a five-inch screen – Radio System Media Color – and another with an eight-inch Radio System Media Plus – which, in addition to USB connections and for SD cards has connectivity to Apple and Android and ” Mirror Link “(it replicates the image of a mobile device in the screen of the multimedia equipment and of compatibility for linking it with mobile devices (« SEAT Full Link »).
SEAT offers discounts to those who purchase a credit for the purchase of a Ateca with SEAT Financial Services. The discount is € 2230 if you finance € 9500 to 48 months, € 1900 if you finance € 8500 to 36 months and € 1600 if you are € 8000 to 36 months. Those who benefit from some of these financing plans will benefit from a service called “SEAT Trust”, which includes a 4-year warranty, 4 years of maintenance and 4 years of roadside assistance. People who meet the conditions of Plan Pive 8, have an additional discount of 1658 € ( more information on Plan Pive 8 ).
The name of this SUV comes from the locality Ateca, in the province of Zaragoza. There is another SEAT model designed to be able to also move off the asphalt, the Lion ST X-PERIENCE , although its ability to overcome obstacles is more limited by its characteristic angles .
In our car insurance comparator we have calculated the cost of a full-service policy for the 150-horsepower Diesel version with seven-speed DSG shift for a 56-year-old male driver living in Madrid between 25 000 and 30 000 km a year and stores the car in a communal garage. The lowest cost is the Fénix Directo offer for 690 euros, for a good quality policy (6.68 out of 10 points) and with a very good relationship between quality and price (7.16 out of 10).