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What is the Seat Ateca? It’s a crossover. Yes, you read that right. After years of being the “sporty” arm of the Volkswagen Group, the Spanish firm has branched out into exciting new territory – SUVs. A sage move, you might think. And you’d be right. The Seat Ateca is aimed squarely at the VW Tiguan, Skoda Yeti (new one out soon), Nissan Qashqai, Kia Sportage, Renault Kadjar and so on. There are a lot of rivals, in a segment that’s seen a massive increase in sales since its conception. And the Ateca looks like it’s going to give it a bit of a shake-up. Good. How likely is that? How does it actually stack up? Very well. To be fair, as a first offering in a totally new category, the Seat Ateca has totally nailed it. Like, totally. It’s arguably better than its more expensive cousin, the VW Tiguan – it looks better, it’s cheaper, and has even won the hearts and minds of many cynical motoring journalists.