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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Seat Ateca

Overall verdict
A first-time entrant from Seat that feels like they’ve been practicing for years.


Good-looking new SUV drives well, handles well, is priced well


Diesels are noisy, entry 1.0 TSI struggles


What is it?

Seat’s first proper crossover. It shares a lot with the new VW Tiguan (see right), but is smaller. Not cramped, though: it sits on the same wheelbase as Seat’s five-door Leon, and is taller, so makes a useful family-sized package. It’s up against the basket of rivals headed by the near-omnipresent Nissan Qashqai. Most Ateca versions are FWD but 4WD can be had with the diesel. Decent dynamics, apparently strong construction and a comprehensive range of driver-assist and connectivity options complete the pitch.

The Ateca is the product of Seat’s most recent refocus at brand sustainability within the mighty VW Group. It’s therefore important this car is well received. So is it?

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TSI FR Sport [EZ] 5dr DSG 4Drive
7.1s 156g/km 40.9 190 £32,155
The cheapest
1.0 TSI Ecomotive SE 5dr
11.0s 119g/km 54.3 115 £21,660
The greenest
1.6 TDI Ecomotive 1st Edition 5dr
11.5s 114g/km 64.2 115 £24,250
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