Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Where It's at? SEAT's First Crossover, the Family-Sized Ateca, Directly Targets Nissan's Qashqai in This Growing Segment. JONATHAN CROUCH Checks out What's on Offer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Where It's at? SEAT's First Crossover, the Family-Sized Ateca, Directly Targets Nissan's Qashqai in This Growing Segment. JONATHAN CROUCH Checks out What's on Offer

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SEAT'S Ateca looks a strong proposition in the family crossover segment. It's well priced, sharply-styled and offers the sporty feel the sector seems to want. In fact, you wonder why it took the Spanish brand so long to bring us a car like this.

SEAT promises a line-up of petrol and diesel engines ranging in power from 115 to 190PS. Expect a couple of petrol units and three diesels.

The Ateca delivers a line-up of petrol and diesel engines ranging in power from 115 to 190PS, with the initial range built around a couple of petrol units and three diesels.

Things kick off with a 1.0-litre TSI 115PS Ecomotive petrol variant that sits just below a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI ECOTSI option.

Diesel models start with the 1.6-litre TDI 115PS derivative, plus there are also 150 and 190PS versions of the Volkswagen Group's familiar 2.0-litre TDI powerplant. 2.0 TDI 150PS buyers get the option of DSG auto transmission and '4Drive' 4WD, but if you go for the top 190PS variant, you have to have both. We expect the 2.0 TDI diesel engine to be the one many buyers will target and it's a strong engine that pulls willingly from low speeds, though isn't the most refined powerplant of its kind.

Early reports suggest that the Ateca will ride firmly - in line with SEAT's preference to make it 'sporty': that's something potential buyers will need to like.

The lofty driving position will please them, as will the way that all the major controls are clustered around you. Not so good are the thick, angled C-pillars that block rear three-quarter vision. An optional park assist system and bird's-eye camera help with tight spaces.

Under the skin, the Ateca sits on the same MQB platform as its more conventional Leon stablemate and uses most of the same mechanicals found in Volkswagen's very similar Tiguan model.

Inside, it's also very similar to the Leon - which is no bad thing. …

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