Easy to distinguish it
We had announced the arrival before the summer and now it’s time to try the renewal Seat Ateca. Born in 2016, one of the most compact medium-sized SUVs (it is 438 cm long) and at the same time spacious, it is renewed in every aspect. First of all in the aesthetics, thanks to the wider grille, inspired by that of the “big sister” Tarraco and the new Leon, and revisited bumpers, as well as the headlights. Behind, in the tailgate, the Ateca lettering in italics is a way to distinguish it at a glance from the previous version.
Inside it updates
The Seat Ateca changes, and not a little, even inside, with new seat upholstery, a revised steering wheel and, depending on the versions, ambient lights configurable in 64 colors. In front of the driver you can have a modern configurable 10.3 “digital dashboard (550 euros), while the multimedia system with a 9.2” screen is standard (it is 8.3 “only for the” base “Reference ): the connection with an internal Sim card allows both remote control via a smartphone (for example, to open or close doors) and navigation functions with real-time traffic updates.
The Seat Ateca confirms itself well equipped, right from the Reference set-up, which is offered only with the less powerful petrol engine (the 116 HP 1.0 TSI) at 19,900 euros, compared to an official price list of 24,150 euros. In addition to full LED headlights, connectivity and two-zone “climate”, it offers the main safety and driving assistance systems, such as automatic braking (also active with pedestrians and cyclists) and the anti-sleep shock alarm. From the second trim level, called Business (3,300 euros more), adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane maintenance and recognition of speed limit signals are also included, as well as rear parking sensors (really useful, together with the € 250 rear-view camera, considering the poor view from the rear window) and the aforementioned multimedia system with a 9.2 ”screen and“ natural ”voice commands: just say Hola! Hola! to activate them.
The Seat Ateca FR, the protagonist of our test, has list prices from 29,150 euros and externally stands out for the details (roof bars and mirror shells) in satin gray, as well as for the 18 ”rims. Inside it features sports seats, with red stitching also found in the steering wheel, and an aluminum pedals. There is no shortage of configurable ambient lights and the “keyless” access and start system, as well as the selector for driving modes. The group closes with the Xperience (starting from 30,150) which most evokes the world of off-road, thanks to the specific bumpers with eye-catching metal-colored inserts at the bottom and the dark fender frames. However, the Xcellence trim level disappears.
Many engines, few Euro 6d
Proposed both with two and four-wheel drive, the renewed Seat Ateca it also makes you choose between different engines. For petrol engines, we start with the aforementioned 116 HP three-cylinder 1.0, then move on to the 150 HP 1.5 (one piston, and 1,250 euros, more), combined with the manual gearbox or as an alternative to the double robotized DSG clutch: another 2,000 euros. This engine is the only one already approved Euro 6d, a mandatory standard for the new models from next January (all the others are “only” Euro 6d-Temp) and could also arrive in a mild hybrid version, already available for the Seat Leon (read who the first contact). The more powerful petrol version, with prices from 35,650 euros, has four-wheel drive and DSG gearbox, and a 190 hp 2.0. For the diesels, the 1.6 disappeared, only the 2.0 TDI with 116 HP (first deliveries from January and prices not yet defined) or 150 HP remain: in this case we start from 31,650 euros and, with the DSG gearbox, you can choose whether to have front or all-wheel drive.
Agile on the mixed
Right there Seat Ateca 2.0 TDI 4Drive DSG is the protagonist of our test, in the more sporty FR set-up, just introduced also for the “big sister” Tarraco. Thanks also to the presence of 19 ”wheels (810) and electronically controlled shock absorbers (800), driving on mixed roads is satisfying. The steering is precise, the road holding is high, and above 1800-2000 rpm the two thousand turbodiesel has a nice shot. The double clutch gearbox is rather quick, also equipped with paddles to change manually without taking your hands off the steering wheel. On the other hand, the two-zone “climate” controls are a little low and risk distracting while driving. At motorway speeds, comfort is good, with the engine working at around 1900 rpm in seventh gear, making itself not heard very much (its voice on acceleration, however, is not as subdued). During our test in the Verona area there was no lack of narrow and winding hilly stretches, where we appreciated the remarkable agility of this SUV. And with a rather brilliant driving we read on the on-board computer an average of about 15 km / liter, not too far from the homologation figure (based on the WLTP cycle) of 16.7 km / l.
In our opinion
> Equipment. This SUV is well equipped, especially starting with the Business set-up.
> Guide. The engine is lively, the change is quick and the handling on mixed roads is really good.
> Space. There are several longer rivals, but not quite as spacious.
> “Climate” commands. They are in front of the gearbox, a bit low, and they risk distracting.
> Euro 6d-Temp approval. The range update was an opportunity to switch to Euro 6d homologation
> Rear visibility. Little is seen from the rear window. In the maneuver remedies the electronics.