What is it?
The Seat Ateca, the car that finally delivered Seat to the alter at the sharpest end of the European mainstream, has been on sale in the UK for less than eight months. So common a sight is it on our roads, this was a fact I had to triple-check.
The Ateca is such a common sight on our roads for good reason: it’s the best small SUV you can buy in its popular and fast-growing class. The Ateca is so far the only car to out-Nissan Qashqai the, er, Nissan Qashqai.
Now the Ateca range is busily being filled out in the truest Volkswagen Group MQB style. Of note here is the seven-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox now available hooked up to the 148bhp 1.4 EcoTSI engine (EcoTSI being Seat’s shorthand for the now familiar cylinder deactivation in the four-cylinder engine), and the range-topping Xcellence trim (with an added £680 option box ticked for 19in alloy wheels).