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SEAT Ateca - best small 4x4s

The SEAT Ateca is not only a great 4x4, it’s also a practical family car

The Ateca was SEAT’s first SUV and proved to be a smash hit, winning our Crossover of the Year title in 2016. Following the Ateca’s success, SEAT now has two other SUVs in it’s arsenal - the larger Tarraco and smaller Arona. 

A clean, minimalist interior might seem a bit drab but it’s all ergonomically laid out with typically decent VW Group build quality. The Ateca’s 8.0-inch Full Link infotainment system gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard and it’s simple enough to use, although the graphics aren’t as sharp as a Peugeot 3008’s and there’s no option for a digital dash - even on top-spec Xcellence models. 

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SEAT has worked wonders with the chassis however, giving the Ateca hatchback-levels of poise and handling. There’s a strong range of engines from the punchy and refined 1.0 TSI all the way up to the 296bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol nicked from the Volkswagen Golf R. 

If you regularly travel off-road, the Ateca can be had (depending on powertrain) with SEAT’s four-wheel drive ‘4Drive’ system from the base-spec ‘SE’ to the range-topping ‘Xcellence Lux’.

Best small 4x4s to buy now

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    1. 1. Skoda Karoq
    2. 2. Volvo XC40
    3. 3. Dacia Duster
    4. 4. Mini Countryman
    5. 5. Mazda CX-3
    6. 6. Jeep Renegade
    7. 7. Fiat Panda 4x4
    8. 8. Suzuki Jimny
    9. 9. BMW X1
    10. 10. SEAT Ateca
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