SEAT confirms engine, trim, equipment, availability and price of its new, sports-utility, class Ateca.
New Ateca size, seats and cargo capacity
The SEAT Ateca is the manufacturer's first, compact, sports-utility, class vehicle and in showrooms from September 9th 2016. Its purpose is to be a practical, versatile, workhorse that – according to SEAT – has an “authentic Latin flavour, character and personality”. The SUV is named after a village in Spain, after all.
The Ateca is 4,363mm long by 1,841mm which is similar to a Ford Focus Hatchback (2016). It has 5 doors, 5 seats and cargo capacity is 510-litres which is comparable to a large estate. Folding the 60/40 rear bench flat increases capacity up to 1,604-litres, and the optional double boot floor enables motorists to separate cargo.
Engines, performance, fuel efficiency and emissions
Engines include the: 1.0-litre 115PS petrol, 1.4-litre 150PS petrol, 1.6-litre 115PS diesel, 2.0-litre 150PS diesel and 2.0-litre 190PS diesel. 0-62mph times range from 7.5 to 11.5 seconds, fuel consumption from 52.3 to 65.7mpg and emissions from 112 to 131g/km. Its environmental impact is, therefore, modest for an SUV.
The 2.0-litre, 150PS, diesel engine can be teamed with front or 4-wheel-drive, whereas the 2.0-litre, 190PS, version is only available with the latter. Other engines work in conjunction with front-wheel-drive. This sports-utility vehicle is also available with 6-speed manual or a 7-speed auto gearbox (with manual select).
Trims and equipment
Ateca trims are: S, SE, First Edition and Xcellence. The entry-level has the basics, but higher-spec versions – particularly when fitted with a few cost extras – have very generous specifications.
The S has: city emergency braking that brings it to a halt if motorists fail to respond to hazards, 5-inch touch-screen to operate (say) infotainment functions, air-conditioning, daytime running lights and a leather wheel. The SE adds: dual-zone climate control, cruise control, rear parking sensors plus folding mirrors.
The First Edition – of which only 200 are available in the UK – also has: satellite navigation, bi-colour alloys, keyless entry, rear-view camera and tinted, rear, windows. Furthermore, the “virtual peddle” enables motorists to open the tailgate via a kicking motion under the rear bumper. Handy when carrying shopping.
The Xcellence trim also has: black leather sports seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic windscreen wipers, automatic headlamps, chrome double exhaust pipes, aluminium roof rails, chrome window surrounds and “Ateca” branded lights in the wing mirrors to illuminate pavements. No more treading in puddles, then.
Xcellence trim optional extras include a top view camera that provides a 360 degree, aerial, view of the surrounding to make parking easier. Furthermore, Park Assist 3 – available on Xcellence and SE trims – steers into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces. Motorists simply operate the throttle, gearbox and brakes.
The SEAT Ateca costs from £17,990 to £29,990 (on the road).