When it comes to the hugely successful SUV market, SEAT was a late arrival at the party.
But of course, one advantage of being late is that you can see what everyone else is doing. You can take the best bits and, as long as you get the pricing right, you should have a hit on your hands.
Well, the good news is that if you are looking for a medium size SUV, SEAT’s Ateca is a hit. In fact, it continues to rack-up awards at an astonishing rate and is the reigning What Car? magazine Best Family SUV. The Ateca was also named as Company Car magazine’s Best Crossover of 2018
Let’s start with a really important detail. The starting price for the SEAT Ateca is £21,880. This immediately looks like terrific value for money in what is a sizeable vehicle which comes with a decent level of kit as standard.
There’s a good choice of petrol and diesel engines. It’s the usual juggling act….if you want the ultimate in smooth, quiet performance, go for petrol. If you want brilliant economy, go for diesel.
The entry level Ateca SE comes with a 113bhp 1.0 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine. You can also opt for a 1.5 litre petrol unit. If you prefer economy, the 1.6TDi will give you 61mpg although you’ll need to find another £2150. That’s a leap in price so, if you don’t intend doing a lot of miles or carrying a full load on a regular basis, go for the petrol model. If you want performance AND economy, try the 2.0 litre diesel engines which are available in two levels of power output. The 188bhp engine is seriously punchy (0-60 in 7.5 seconds) and actually sounds good. There’s also a 2.0 litre petrol which is quick and extremely quiet.
All of the engines, apart from the 1.0 litre petrol unit, can have an automatic gearbox instead of a 6-speed manual ‘box. If you go for the more powerful engines, you can even choose 4-wheel drive. Obviously, four-wheel drive improves road holding and is handy if you live out in the sticks, but for the vast majority of drivers front wheel drive will be fine.
Arguably the best all-rounder is the 1.5 petrol engine. You’ll get decent performance with 0-60 taking under 8 seconds, but you’ll still manage around 50mpg thanks to a deactivation system which shuts down part of the engine whenever you don’t need a lot of power.
There are six levels of trim starting with SE then climbing through SE Technology, SE L, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux. Every Ateca gets air con, 6.5-inch media touchscreen with USB; four electric tinted windows, height adjustment to both front seats, leather steering wheel with remote controls, remote central locking, cruise control, rear parking sensors and electric mirrors. All other levels of trim get sat nav, DAB radio, bigger touchscreen, LED headlights and fog lights, and chrome roof rails. Every SEAT Ateca comes with a high standard of safety kit.
The Ateca is great to drive. It’s roomy, comfortable and with a seriously premium feel to the interior. Families will love it.
It is available from the family run Pulman SEAT retailer based in Sunderland, who are award winning themselves for fantastic customer service. Alex Paget, Pulman SEAT Sales Manager comments: “We are excited that the new SE L has been added to the ATECA range. Available with over £1,700 worth of additional features above the SE.”
The SEAT Ateca may have been a late rival at the SUV party, but it was well worth the wait.
Visit pulmanseat.co.uk and find out more about the award winning ATECA and Pulman SEAT team.