You’ll be impressed by the interior quality, too. There’s plenty of soft-touch plastic on the dashboard and the infotainment is excellent, thanks to a crisp screen, shortcut buttons and intuitive software. To top it off, there’s lots of space all round and boot space is near the best in class.
Need to know
The electric tailgate has been known to play up. Raise the issue with a dealer if your Ateca’s doesn’t work properly and the car is still within its three-year manufacturer warranty.
There has been only one recall so far – for rear wheel bearings that could crack. This affects cars built between 25 and 30 August 2017.
In the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey, the Ateca ranked a middling eighth in the family SUV class and Seat placed 15th out of 31 manufacturers.
If you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you’ll need the 8.0in infotainment system, which everything but S trim gets.
1.4 TSI 150 SE: It doesn’t have the cylinder deactivation tech of the 1.5 TSI that replaced it, but this 1.4 is smooth around town, has plenty of oomph for motorway runs and should still be fairly economical.
2.0 TSI 190 4Drive FR DSG: Expect gutsy performance from this detuned Golf GTI engine and a generally impressive automatic gearbox, but it’s a shame sporty FR trim doesn’t really enhance the dynamic appeal.
Ones we found
2016 1.6 TDI 115 SE, 72,000 miles, £10,700
2017 1.4 TSI 150 SE, 43,000 miles, £13,495
2018 2.0 TSI 190 4Drive FR DSG, 10,000 miles, £21,695
2019 1.0 TSI 115 SE Technology, 8000 miles, £16,500