New 2020 SEAT Ateca SUV: UK prices and specifications revealed
Cosmetic revisions over the previous Ateca model include a revised radiator grille, new LED headlamps and a pair of redesigned fog lamps. Design tweaks for the front air intakes, skid plate and bumper also feature. SEAT has added the same creases into the Ateca’s bonnet as are found on the new Leon hatchback and the larger Tarraco SUV, establishing a further visual connection between its new family-sized models.
At the rear, there’s a new bumper, spoiler and undertray, as well a fresh pair of LED tail lights. The lighting units share a similar design to the Tarraco’s and feature scrolling indicators on the FR and Xperience trim-levels. Finally, the Ateca’s block-capital badge design has been swapped for the same hand-written script found on the rear of the new Leon.
SEAT has also adjusted the Ateca’s trim-levels. The old car’s SE, SE Technology, FR and FR Sport trim levels have been transferred onto the facelifted model wholesale – but SEAT’s comfort-focussed flagship Xcellence model has been renamed “Xperience.”
Inside, the facelifted Ateca gets a new leather steering wheel, updated door cards and a choice of new upholstery designs in fabric, microsuede or leather. FR Sport models and above get a 10.25-inch digital instrument binnacle as standard.
Ateca prices and trim levels
Prices start from £23,670 for the SE model with a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine developing 108bhp. Standard equipment includes the 8.25-inch infotainment unit, wireless smartphone charging, cruise control with speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels. Buyers can step up to SE Technology trim for a premium, introducing a larger 9.2-inch screen with navigation and SEAT Connect remote access connectivity, plus 18-inch alloy wheels.
FR models kick off from £29,385 with a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 148bhp, introducing digital instruments, convenience features such as automatic headlights and wipers, and a sporty makeover. FR Sport adds a few more cosmetic tweaks, plus heated front sports seats, for £500 more.
Xperience and Xperience Lux models open at £27,750 and £30,620 respectively. The regular Xperience model features more convenience and assistance features such as blind spot assist, adaptive cruise control and a reversing camera, alongside microsuede upholstery and additional design tweaks such as 18-inch alloy wheels and tinted windows, but it goes without digital instrumentation. Xperience Lux adds this back in, while including heated and electrically adjustable leather seats, a power tailgate, a heated windscreen, a top-down view camera system and more.
For performance buyers, the revised 296bhp Cupra Ateca returns priced from £39,050, including the Digital Cockpit system, 9.2-inch infotainment screen and selectable drive modes.
SEAT Ateca engine range
Ateca buyers have a choice of four petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol range opens with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit, available in either 108bhp or 113bhp outputs. The former engine is a slightly more efficient version of the latter, featuring a range of fueling and management revisions which SEAT says can improve economy by up to 10 per cent.
Above that sits a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with 148bhp and 250Nm of torque. It’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, although a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is available as an optional extra.
The most sub-Cupra petrol model features a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, with an output of 187bhp and 320Nm of torque. Unlike the less-powerful variants, it’s only available with a seven-speed DSG gearbox and four-wheel drive. The flagship Cupra Ateca makes use of a 296bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
The Ateca’s pair of diesel engines are both based on the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit – and are offered in either 113bhp or 148bhp outputs. The less powerful model is only available with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox, but the more powerful engine can be specced with either a manual or automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
Finally, SEAT has improved the Ateca’s safety equipment count, adding front assist, side assist, exit assist and a pre-crash assist system, which pretensions the car’s seat belts, raises the car’s windows and closes the sunroof, should it recognise an imminent accident.
There’s also a new predictive adaptive cruise control system, which uses GPS information and data gathered from the car’s traffic sign recognition camera to automatically adjust the car’s speed depending on the road layout, speed limit and the prevailing traffic conditions.
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