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New Ateca SE

FROM £23,670

  • 17’’ ‘Brilliant Silver’ alloy wheels
  • Full link smartphone integration
  • Wireless phone charger
  • LED headlights and tail lights

 

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SE

New Ateca SE Technology

FROM £24,755

  • Equipment in addition to SE
  • 18’’ ‘Performance’ machined nuclear grey alloy wheels
  • Roof rails and window trims in chrome
  • Satellite navigation
  • DAB radio

 

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SE Technology

New Ateca FR

FROM £27,680

  • Equipment in addition to SE Technology
  • 18’’ ‘Brilliant Silver’ Alloy wheels
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Front sports seats in Microsuede
  • KESSY (Keyless entry & go)

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FR

New Ateca FR Sport

FROM £29,845

  • Equipment in addition to FR
  • 19’’ ‘exclusive’ machined Alloy wheels in Cosmo grey
  • Digital cockpit
  • Electric driver seat
  • Front heated sports seats in leather upholstery

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FR Sport

New Ateca FR Black Edition

FROM £29,505

  • Black roof rails
  • Black mouldings
  • 19" alloy wheels in glossy black
  • Digital cockpit

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FR Black Edition

New Ateca Xperience

FROM £27,750

  • Equipment in addition to SE Technology
  • 18’’ ‘Brilliant Silver’ Alloy wheels
  • Heated windscreen
  • Front comfort seats in Microsuede
  • Rear view camera

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Xperience

New Ateca Xperience Lux

FROM £30,620

  • Equipment in addition to EXPERIENCE
  • 19’’ ‘Exclusive’ Machine alloy wheels Cosmo grey
  • Front sports seats in leather upholstery
  • Electric tailgate with virtual pedal
  • Rear & top view cameras

 

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Xperience Lux

From £23,670

or from £289.17 per month

Built For The Everyday. The New SEAT Ateca takes on the everyday confidently with a distinctive and dynamic style that comes from the sharp exterior lines. Inside, everything has been crafted to make your routine more enjoyable. From the ergonomically designed centre console to the huge amount of space, this SUV makes the day-to-day exceed every expectation.

Personal Contract Purchase

Now with £2,500 towards your deposit at 5.7% APR Representative Finance*, get two year's servicing for £199^, plus save an extra £500 when you request a test drive** before the 16 December 2020.

This is a representative finance example for a new SEAT New Ateca SE Technology 1.5 TSI EVO 150PS based on a PCP & Deposit Contribution over a 48 month finance period and an annual mileage of 10,000 miles.

Duration 48 months
Mileage 10,000
Retail cash price  £25,855
47 monthly payments of  £289.17
Deposit contribution £2,500.00
Customer deposit £3,878.25
Acceptance fee £0.00
Optional final payment £9,099.00
Option to purchase fee
(Payable at the end of your agreement)
£10.00
Total amount payable £29,078.24
Total amount of credit £19,476.75
Representative APR 5.7% APR
Rate of interest 5.70% fixed p.a
Excess mileage  5p per mile

* Test Drive offer  UK residents age 18+. Participants must request a test drive and place an order from 1 October to 16 December 2020 with a participating Retailer. Retail sales only. Excludes Mii electric. May be redeemed against the on the road price of a new SEAT vehicle.

*At the end of the Solutions Personal Contract Plan (PCP) agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle. With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Offer available when ordered by 16 December 2020 from participating Retailers. Exclusions may apply. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication October 2020. Freepost SEAT Financial Services. **Payable at the end of your agreement ***Excess mileage excludes VAT at the current rate.

Business Contract Hire

Model Type New Ateca SE Technology 1.5 TSI EVO 150PS
Initial Rental £1,374
Monthly Rental* £229
Excess Mileage 5p per mile

* No ownership option. Business users only. Based on 36 month, 10,000 mile per annum Contract Hire agreement. Excess mileage and damage charges may apply. All Prices Exclude VAT. VAT payable at 20%. 18s+. Subject to status and availability. T&Cs apply. Ordered by 16/12/2020 from participating Retailers. Indemnities may be required. Not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be withdrawn at any time. Accurate at 10/20. Freepost SEAT Financial Services. SEAT may change RRPs at any time (this includes where there are government changes in regulation and/or legislation). There may be a delay to any RRP displaying correctly on our materials. All models include metallic paint.

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New Ateca Motability Offer

New Ateca Motability Offer

  • Front assist
  • Cruise control
  • Park assist
  • Navigation system (includes 8.0" colour touchscreen with proximity sensor)
  • voice control 
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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.

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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.

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