New SEAT Ateca – A Renewed Spirit

by Gazette Reporter

SEAT has refreshed its successful Ateca compact SUV, and with it comes a design evolution.

The revamped Ateca builds on its compact SUV attributes, adding a refreshed and more emotional appearance both inside and outside, a fully connected user experience, improved levels of safety and comfort, along with increased efficiency.

Intrinsically Important;

When it was first launched in 2016, the SEAT Ateca brought a new dimension to the compact SUV market, as it was a perfect match for urban life, offering a spacious, practical and versatile SUV with a unique style. The original Ateca’s clear character, emotional design and dynamic personality have been added into the new version. The SEAT Ateca was designed and developed in Barcelona, and it adds impetus to SEAT’s line-up of exciting SUV’s – a vehicle segment that is intrinsically important to SEAT’s continued success. In terms of infotainment and connectivity, the new Ateca gives customers the opportunity to take their digital lives with them into the car, and also when out of the car. The Ateca offers connectivity powered by the latest infotainment technology, with Full Link wireless access to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and online-based functions and services with in-car apps available that enhance the customer’s driving experience. Additionally, the SEAT Ateca now integrates some of the most advanced driver assistance systems available, including Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control, Pre-Crash Assist, Travel Assist and Side Assist. These technologies make the compact SUV safer and more convenient for all occupants.

Broad & Muscular;

The new Ateca maintains its broad, muscular stance and has slightly grown in length. An increase of 18mm (now 4,381mm) is due to the new design of the front and rear bumpers, but remains as wide (1,841mm) and tall (1,615mm) as the previous model. The front gains a new face that introduces the new SEAT design language, formed in part with the inclusion of a new bumper and FULL LED headlights. The SEAT signature design remains, and as you sweep along the side of the vehicle, its profile continues to convey confidence and dynamism with precise lines and flowing forms. At the rear, the design is chiseled to emphasise the compact SUV’s powerful shoulders and hide its impressive 510 litre load space. A new rear bumper and the introduction of FULL LED rear lights with dynamic blinkers complement the vehicles look, and make it more attractive. Simulated exhaust pipes add an edge to the design and bring added intrigue to the rear, and the Ateca’s name is now embossed in the new brand handwriting style.

Trim & Powertrain Options;

Trim levels in the new SEAT Ateca comprise of SE, SE Plus, Xperience, Xperience Plus, FR and FR Plus, with petrol and diesel engines available across the entire model range. Petrol engines consist of a 1.0-litre TSI (110bhp) in SE and SE Plus models, or a 1.5-litre TSI (150bhp) which is available in all trim levels with the option of a manual or DSG (dual-clutch automatic) transmission. Diesel engines comprise of a 2.0-litre TDI with power outputs of 115bhp or 150bhp. A six-speed manual transmission comes as standard, with all but the SE and SE Plus models available with the option of a DSG transmission.

Car on Review;

My review car was a new SEAT Ateca 2.0TDI 150bhp DSG Xperience, which was finished in ever-popular Rodium Grey metallic paint with contrasting 18” alloy wheels in silver. The Xperience trim level is the newest member of the Ateca family, and it adds a dash of off-road character to the compact SUV, creating a feeling of versatility, freedom and confidence. That character is highlighted with the addition of black front and rear bumper and wheelarch inserts, with side, front and rear mouldings finished in an aluminium-look material for terrific visual appeal. Inside, the interior design works coherently with the SEAT Ateca’s exterior, providing an elegant, refined cabin with a dynamic feel. The 10.25” SEAT Digital Cockpit adds a focus to the interior from the driver’s seat, with an improved HMI interface, diagonal view and an upgraded 9.2” infotainment system – creating a fully digitalised interior in the process. The interior’s design is underscored by the inclusion of matt finish surrounds for the air vents, gear lever and infotainment system, with multicolour ambient lighting bringing an extra dimension to the vehicle’s interior finish. Key features in Xperience trim include satellite navigation, Bluetooth™ (phone & media), wireless phone charger, rear view camera, adaptive cruise control, front & rear parking sensors, park assist, black leather interior, heated front seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, SEAT CONNECT, front armrest, and brushed metal roof rails, along with a suite of advanced safety systems for peace on mind on the move.

On The Road;

The 1.6-litre TDI engine available in the original Ateca has been replaced with a 2.0TDI engine, and brings with it better performance, with more torque and maximum power available in a wider revolution (rpm) range. This results in greater fuel efficiency and significant emission reduction. Producing 150bhp and 340Nm of torque, this 2.0TDI unit enables the new Ateca to sprint from 0-100km/h in just 9.0-seconds (9.3-seconds in 6-speed manual guise), on its way to a top speed of 200km/h. The new Ateca handles with great poise and precision, with my review car’s slick 7-speed DSG transmission capable of picking the right gear at just the right time – adding to the overall refinement on offer.

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The new SEAT Ateca is adapted to the modern world, mixing robustness and emotionality, while being more connected and more in tune with modern life. The Ateca’s advanced powertrains maximise efficiency and enhance the overall driving experience too. Pricing for the new SEAT Ateca compact SUV starts from €31,910 (ex-delivery) with my review car specification priced from €41,100 (ex-delivery).  

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