SEAT says orders in France, Germany and other countries have been strong, and that prices will undercut those of rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga.
The entry-level S has air conditioning, a Media System Touch five-inch touchscreen with USB and SD connectivity, leather steering wheel and gearknob, split-folding rear seats with reclining function, 16-inch ‘Design’ alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights.
The SE gets dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors and rear parking sensors. There’s also Full Link, Seat’s connectivity solution for smartphones and tablets, upgraded infotainment in the form of Media System Plus with eight-inch colour touchscreen, and 17-inch ‘Dynamic’ alloy wheels, LED taillights and black roof rails.
Rounding off the initial UK line-up, at least until the ‘First Edition’ version is confirmed in May, is XCELLENCE. This includes a Connectivity Hub with Wireless Phone Charger which also boosts in-car phone signal, as well as multi-colour interior ambient lighting with LED interior illumination and a choice of eight colours. There are also 18-inch ‘Performance’ alloy wheels, and extra chrome and aluminium trim.
The new SEAT Ateca is available with a wide choice of engines, including a 1.6 TDI capable of 65.7 mpg. Transmissions include six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG-auto transmissions.
The 1.6 TDI with 113 bhp is available in S and SE trims. The 2.0 TDI with 148 bhp is available in SE and XCELLENCE versions, while the 2.0 TDI engine with 187 bhp, is exclusively available on the range-topping XCELLENCE at £29,990, and comes with DSG and 4Drive, SEAT’s four-wheel-drive system. 4Drive is also an option with the 148 bhp 2.0 TDI.