Seat Ateca – The Best Choice For Modern Families

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On the one hand, the fact the Seat Ateca is such a blindingly good car is a formbook-shredding shock. Seat has never built a crossover before. Frankly, it’s several years late offering a model in the world’s fastest-growing car-sales battleground. A place where it’s increasingly difficult to innovate, stand out or upset the established order. Well, the Ateca does.

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On the other hand, Seat’s vanquished rivals will bleat that as part of VW Group, the Spanish outpost could call upon a decade’s worth of VW Tiguan, Audi Q3 and Skoda Yeti lessons, R&D and the latest in VW platform, powertrain and technology trinkets to gets its tall hatch off the ground. Fair point. But even VW might be a touch wary of just how polished the Ateca has turned out.

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Anyway, sod the boardroom hand-wringing and grinding of teeth. Not our problem. We’re more interested in how Seat’s brilliant all-rounder settles into life with a time-pushed, money-conscious, demanding family. Crossovers are the new default family cars. And this one hits every nail on the head.

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It’s a great drive, maintaining the energy and deftness that makes the Leon such a dark horse, without knackering the ride in the name of handling smarts. That boxy physique makes it super-roomy, so it’s future-proofed against overnight-lofty teenagers. It’s solidly put together, and though it’s a bit dour inside, we’d take that over flimsy gimmicks. Especially when the layout is so achingly logical.

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You can have a peppy, not-underpowered 1.0-litre turbo engine, a 1.4 turbo or a brace of efficient diesels. The manual gearbox is a peach, the all-wheel-drive system is handy off-road and the car itself is unreasonably handsome and very competitively priced. It’s a crossover that you would actually be proud to own.

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