It is to the Ateca’s good fortune that the current generation of Seat Leon has always been considered something of a looker since its launch in 2013 – because, rather conspicuously, that car is the design inspiration here, and mimics itself across the Ibiza and Arona range.
A ‘big brother’ is the description apparently favoured in Martorell, and that’s largely the way it transpires in the metal, with the crossover sporting a similar quota of sharp lines and high shoulder creases.
There is a sibling relationship with the Volkswagen Tiguan, too, that car being the first SUV outing for the omnipresent MQB platform underneath both it and the Ateca, but this association is kept firmly under wraps.
This, of course, is no accident. Being a tiny bit sportier is Seat’s long-standing raison d’etre, and the firm says the identity extends to the slightly different way its crossover has been tuned.
We’ll come to that later, but in hardware terms the Ateca adopts the established MQB characteristics.
Three petrol engines (a three-cylinder 1.0-litre, a four-cylinder 1.4-litre TSI, and a 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI) and two diesel lumps (the 1.6 TDI tested and the 2.0 TDI, available in both 148bhp and 187bhp configurations) make up the range.