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SEAT Ateca

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Summary


The SEAT Ateca is a medium-sized SUV/crossover. It shares a lot of its mechanical bits with the Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and Audi Q2. It was launched in 2016, with a facelifted updated model replacing it in the spring of 2021.

The Ateca has received positive scores from most of the UK motoring media (basically everyone except Jeremy Clarkson), and has won a large number of awards since it was launched.

The SEAT Ateca has received particular praise for its value for money compared to the more expensive Volkswagen Tiguan, as well as being spacious and practical. However, criticisms have been directed at some of the smaller engines being a bit underpowered and too much of the best equipment only being available on the top-spec models or at additional cost.

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As of December 2021, the SEAT Ateca has an Expert Rating of 74%, which is very competitive with other mainstream mid-size SUVs at a similar price point.

Key specifications


Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £23,670 on-road

Launched: Summer 2016
Last updated: Spring 2021
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: June 2016

93%

ADULT OCCUPANT

84%

CHILD OCCUPANT

71%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

60%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The SEAT Ateca has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the SEAT Ateca has received

2021

  • Car Dealer Used Car Awards – Best Used SUV

2019

  • Auto Trader New Car Awards – Best Car for Families

2018

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Crossover of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family SUV for less than £20,000

2017

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Crossover
  • Honest John Awards – Car of the Year
  • What Car? Awards – Best Small SUV
  • Autocar Awards – Game Changer
  • AUTOBEST Awards – Best Buy Car of Europe
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Mid-Size SUV
  • Car Dealer Power Awards – Car of the Year

2016

  • Auto Express New Car Awards – Best Crossover
  • Top Gear Awards – Best for Modern Families

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SEAT AtecaThe SEAT Ateca has received positive scores from most of the UK media, and has won a large number of awards.