I need to ‘fess up to one or two things, before we start. My name is Brendan Waterman and I am a petrolhead. I’m also about to become a dad for the first time and me and ‘the mum to be’ have actually been looking at new cars that would meet our changing needs. It’s no coincidence that the new SEAT Ateca is on that list: a nice high driving position (a priority for the wife); a great list of standard features & options (the DSG gearbox, electric boot operation and full-link connectivity would be top of my list) and a lot of space inside, including a 510 litre boot. On paper, this new SEAT definitely ticks all the boxes.
But in my capacity as a motoring journalist (well, for a couple of days), I felt obliged to take reviewing the Ateca seriously, and not just because I am a genuine potential customer. I’d heard all about the great locations and splendid lunches that car launches are famous for (all true, by the way) but this was a bona fide opportunity to find out what SEAT’s first ever SUV was all about before ‘real’ journalists got the chance.