LeasePlan Review - Seat Ateca 2.0TDI XCellence
- LeasePlan Special Offer: from €299 P/M
- Price: €25,120 - €38,995 (€35,220 as tested)
- 0-100kph : 8.5 Seconds
- Power: 150 bhp
- Torque: 250 nm
- Top Speed: 201 km/h
- Motor Tax: B1 €270 per annum
The Ateca is Seat’s first attempt at building a crossover and has resilient roots to the company’s concept car, the Tribu, unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor show. Fast-forward ten years and the crossover is the number one selling car on the Emerald Isle. Ireland has an immense interest in the mid-sized crossover segment which has taken the top spot from the familiar hatchback. Being constructed in the same factory as the Skoda Superb and Yeti, the well-built and sturdy attributes of both cars can be felt in Seat’s all new model. The Seat network is well established with twenty three strategically placed dealerships in Southern Ireland. Ateca is built on the familiar Volkswagen MQB platform and shares its chassis with the Skoda Kodiaq and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Following styling cues from its smaller sibling the Leon, the sharp angular folds and high shoulder line gives some real presence. The exterior has a muscular silhouette with a loud angular design and stern shoulder line. The aggressive front end is eye catching and the LED headlights look great whether on or off. The 18” “Performance” alloy wheels are a nice design but fear they slightly compromise the ride and add road noise over the smaller wheels available on lower trim levels.
The interior is spacious and passenger room is respectable seating five adults comfortably. The Ateca has a huge boot space of 510 litres in two-wheel-drive and 485 litres in the four-wheel-drive variant. Compared to competitors like the Nissan Qashqai with 430 litres its quite large with plenty of room for suitcases and golf bags. There is a multitude of cubby bins in the front and rear compartments for all your storage needs. The Ateca feels well-built with a satisfying clunk from the doors and everything the driver touches is solid. This vehicle was equipped with a brown leather trim and a panoramic roof (€1,246 option), which really lifts the interior making it feel larger than it is. The seats are very supportive and it’s easy to get comfortable as they offer an unmeasurable amount of adjustment. LED interior lighting is featured and the colour can be changed which is a nice touch that allows you to personalise the cabin. The Xcellence model has an array of useful technology including keyless entry, wireless phone charging, Android Auto, Apple Car Play to name but a few. The Infotainment system is intuitive and the 8” touch screen is very clear even in sunny conditions. Throttle response, engine power, and steering weight can be changed through the Seat Drive Profile. The driver can choose between Normal, Sport, Eco, Off-road and Snow. An Individual setting allows you to tailor the vehicle to anywhere in between.
The Ateca feels nimble on the road and is easy to manoeuvre thanks to a commanding driving position, decent visibility, reversing sensors and a rear-view camera. Two separate passengers noted the ride being quite firm but it wasn’t noticeable driving, for a car with a high centre of gravity, the body stays extremely flat with very little roll through corners. Road and wind noise can be heard at motorway speeds but is not intrusive. The steering is direct with worthy feedback through the wheel and the weight can be altered through the Driver Profile Selection Wheel. Power from the 2.0 TDI engine is more than adequate and well capable of getting the car up to motorway speeds with ease. Fuel consumption was respectable at 5.4l/100km on B roads/motorway rising to 5.8l/100km in town. The added bonus of 4x4 really shone on wet roads with uneven surfaces, the Ateca has great traction and is surefooted. All 4x4 versions of the Ateca are equipped with multi-link rear suspension compared to the 2wd’s more basic torsion beam set up.
The engine line-up includes two petrol engines, the 1.0 TSI with 115bhp and the 1.4 TSI with 150bhp. The diesel range starts with a 1.6 TDI 115bhp followed by a 2.0 TDI with either 150bhp or the range-topping 190bhp variant. Four-wheel drive is only available with the 2.0 TDI engine.
Overall the Ateca is a very capable crossover with a striking design, lots of room and is competitively priced. It should be at the top of the list for anyone looking for a midsized SUV.