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1.5 TSI 150 Evo SE Technology EZ 5dr

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Vehicle Information

  • Fuel Type
  • Insurance Group
  • MPG Combined
    51.4 MPG
  • Transmission
  • CO2 Emissions
    121.0 g/km
  • Manufacturer OTR
Standard Equipment
Safety & Security Features
Passenger Airbag
Driver Airbag
Front Assist City emg Brking+Pedstrn Pro
Tiredness Recognition
Front Side Airbags
Electronic Engine Immobiliser
Driver Knee Airbag
Two Curtain Airbags
Audio and Communications
AM FM Radio
Navigation System
DAB Digital Radio
Interior Features
USB Media Cable
Dual-Zone Climate Control
Outside Temperature Gauge
60+40 Split Folding Rear Seats
Cruise Control
Electric Front And Rear Windows
Height+Reach Adjustable Steering Wheel
Height Adjustable Driver Seat+Lumbar Adj
18in Performance Machined 36+2 Alloy
Exterior Features
Park Assist-Include Fr+Rr Parking Sensor
Front LED Fog Lights+Cornering Function
Keyless entry and go
Elctrcly Adstbl Fldng+Htd Door Mirrors
Chrome Roof Rails
High Level Brake Light
Mechanical Features
Progressive Steering
Comfort Suspension
Start+Stop System
Paint and Trim
Comfort Seats In Cloth
Metallic Paint
3 Year / 60000 Mile Warranty
Technical Data
Mpg Urban
Mpg Extra Urban
Mpg Combined
CO2 Emission
Euro Emission
Power Ps
Power KW
Torque Rpm
Gross Vehicle Weight
Towing Weight Braked
Wheel Base
Ground Clearance
Boot Capacity
Fuel Tank Size
Maximum Speed
0 to 60 Mph
0 to 100 Kph
Front Tyre
215/50R18 W
Rear Tyre
215/50R18 W
Spare Tyre
Space saver
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Available Options
Interior Features
Towbar Pre-Installation
Towbar Pre-Installation With Hook
Boot Divider Net
Exterior Features
Panaramic Sunroof
Paint and Trim
Solid Paint
Space Saver Spare Wheel
Impartial Review
How does the SEAT Ateca 1.4 TSI DSG Xcellence perform compared to other SUVs on the lease market? [full road test]
1 October 2017 by Oliver Hammond
Spain may have turned up to the roaring SUV party quite late but in range-topping Xcellence guise as tested the Czech-built Ateca holds its head high with a resolutely exuberant and confident entrance. Looking attractive from all angles with Leon-inspired styling, chiselled panels, sharp creases and bold lines, the Ateca radiates muscularity and its triangular light signatures are arrestingly distinctive.

In a category overflowing with choice, Spain’s competitively-priced SUV debutant stands proud in Xcellence trim complete with aluminium roof rails, chrome window surrounds, 19” exclusive machined alloys and impressive Ateca-branded puddle-lights that may indeed be superfluous but ooze appeal. Just as trim selection matters, colour choice is also important, white suiting the Ateca well and accentuating its detailing, while grey and silver could be said to work less effectively. Its VAG roots are obvious with a rear closely resembling a shrunken Kodiaq or morphed A4 Avant, but Spain has certainly injected the party with flair and youthfulness, which is what the SEAT brand is all about.

In the ‘small’ SUV class, the Ateca is a hair’s breadth taller than the industry’s darling Qashqai and a cigarette packet’s width lower than its VAG sibling, the Tiguan, the Spaniard offering a generally raised-up seating position without making access uncomfortable for less agile drivers. It’s a pleasant middle-ground between conventional hatchbacks and other taller cars from the likes of the X-Trail and Ford Kuga to a handful of lofty MPVs.

Inside, the Ateca is superbly comfortable over long journeys and Xcellence trim’s leather sports seats unusually blend side-hugging support with a welcome posterior sponginess. Compared to the platform-sharing Tiguan, the SEAT’s cabin isn’t quite as upmarket in the nooks and crannies where harsher plastics are discoverable, aligning it with Korean rivals to a certain extent, but the Ateca’s primary touch-points, surfaces and controls feel solid and possess a relatively positive sense of perceived quality. Its centre stack, for example, may well appear quite square and perfunctory, devoid of the abundant flair and curvaceousness of Peugeot’s 3008 for example, but everything is ergonomically intuitive and the incorporation of Audi’s light-indicated fuel gauge is cockle-warming.

Xcellence-spec’ Atecas come with an abundance of toys, safety features and creature comforts. The 8-inch Media System Plus colour touchscreen is unsurprisingly home to a plethora of technology from the easy-to-use sat nav system and the DAB radio that sounds absolutely marvellous through the package’s ‘SEAT Sound’ 8-speaker setup, to voice control that worked faultlessly, full smartphone integration courtesy of Full Link, and handy wireless phone charging thanks to the optional Connectivity Hub. With two USB ports, Aux-in and an SD card slot, today’s connected drivers and passengers won’t be left fretting.

Space for averagely-proportioned rear passengers is more than ample with no grumbles and zero contortion required, but the transmission tunnel makes it more ideal for four rather than five, particularly on longer journeys. Storage is somewhat poor, though, with a small centre console between the front seats, door bins of only moderate size and a far from cavernous glovebox. The incorporate of proper pockets on the seat-backs certainly beats the nets commonly found in many other cars these days, though.

Boot space in a front-wheel drive Ateca as tested is a healthy 510 litres with the rear seats in use, expanding to 1,604 litres when they’re folded flat, which is a doddle thanks to the handy levers provided. This trumps Nissan’s recently-facelifted Qashqai, which offers 430 litres as standard, although the Brit’s expanded capacity of 1,598 litres is admittedly only a smidgen less than the Spaniard’s. All the talk in other media about its VAG sibling, the new VW Tiguan, offering a relatively eyebrow-raising 615 litres of standard boot space is a trifle misleading, as the German actually provides 520 litres unless the rear seats are slid forwards on rails by 170mm to attain the aforementioned maximum figure, which inevitably renders the rear seats somewhat useless except for stick insects. The Ateca’s total boot capacity of 510 litres includes the space in the spare wheel cavity alongside the tyre inflator and ‘gunk’ kit provided in lieu of an actual wheel.

The optional ‘double’ or variable-height boot floor allows different configurations to be arranged, which is practical in some ways but does result in lighter or smaller oddments annoyingly rolling around under the faux floor. Xcellence trim means an electrically-operated tailgate, which is welcome for parents and anyone carrying shopping or larger loads, and the back seats flop reasonably flat although a slight lip is created that somewhat impedes long and heavy objects like grandfather clocks or IKEA wardrobes.

Safety is another facet increasingly factoring in families’ and company car fleets’ vehicle purchasing or leasing decisions and the test car was fitted with ‘Driving Assist Pack 2’, providing high beam assist, lane assist, traffic sign recognition which incidentally often declared that it wasn't functioning, rain-sensitive wipers, light-sensitive headlights and an anti-glare rear view mirror. Of greater interest is that all variants of the Ateca are fitted with hill hold control and tiredness recognition along with highly-regarded safety advancements in the forms of front assist, city emergency braking and pedestrian protection, one of which was impressively demonstrated when a tractor nonchalantly sauntered onto a fast rural A-road near a blind bend.

Has the Spaniard got what it takes in the fun department, though? Shod with those gorgeous 19-inch alloys the ride is unarguably on the firm side but reassuringly rather than miserably so, only a muffled thud manifesting when driving through potholes and the like, with barely any discomfort felt in the cabin – unlike the Audi Q2 s-line, for instance.

A core strand in SEAT’s brand DNA is driving pleasure and, somewhat unusually for a family SUV, the Ateca delivers it by the bucket load. With its chassis finely tuned and its suspension tweaked, this compact SUV can be driven with real confidence and aplomb, coming alive on twisty rural roads, responding sharply to steering input and cornering with real agility that belies its tallish height.

Diesel is subject to a lot of bad press at the moment but the general rule of thumb is that the latest breed of modern Euro6 engines that drink from the black pump are still generally cleaner and more economical than petrol equivalents. SEAT nevertheless expects the best-selling Ateca to be the 1.4 EcoTSI 150 TSI in Xcellence trim with shifting taken care of by a DSG ‘automatic’ gearbox, generally known for its smoothness.

A week testing this exact specification demonstrated that it’s a combination that works extremely well, the petrol engine behaving very quietly indeed with enough power on tap for the average motorist. Driving in Eco mode unsurprisingly accentuates an element of lag but it’s easy to get used to and delivered average fuel consumption of 41.1mpg after 370 miles of mixed driving, which might sound poor compared to the published figure of 51.4mpg, but it’s common knowledge that ‘on paper’ numbers are tricky to match, and few rivals’ petrol SUVs are capable of better.

Flappy paddles are provided for those who wish to change gear manually, and the SEAT Drive Profile blancmange can be rotated to Normal or Sport settings when the mood dictates. CO2 emissions of 125g/km may deter some fleet managers from shortlisting the Ateca for their company car drivers, but with petrol still cheaper at the pump and servicing costs typically proving lower than for diesel variants, the 1.4 EcoTSI 150 DSG could well make sense for employees who don’t live a million miles from the office or cover long distances as part of their roles.

With personal lease prices for the Ateca 1.4 TSI DSG Xcellence starting at £312.99 per month inclusive of VAT with 6 months upfront and an annual mileage of 8,000, it’s slightly more expensive than the new Nissan Qashqai in 1.2 Dig-T 115 Tekna Plus Xtronic guise, but the Spaniard does make for a compelling package.

SEAT’s Ateca has livened up the compact SUV party with a real sense of flair and fun making all the other partygoers sit up and take notice, its Xcellence styling looking somewhat familiar but nevertheless alluring, real-world streetwise experience demonstrated by its impressively equipped interior and excellent safety credentials, and its fun-loving Hispanic roots immediately evident to anyone who pulls it onto the dancefloor.

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