SEAT Ateca review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Ateca’s most efficient engines will keep running costs down
The majority of engines available in the SEAT Ateca are adopted from the existing Leon hatchback range. The 109bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo is a small engine for such a relatively large family SUV, but SEAT claims it will return up to 46.3mpg and emit 139g/km of CO2 on the WLTP combined cycle.
Another petrol option is the larger 148bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo, which is capable of a maximum 45.6mpg and 142g/km of CO2, while the range-topping 187bhp car should return around 35mpg and 182 g/km CO2 emissions. It is worth noting that it only comes as a 4x4 auto – meaning real-world running costs might be higher.
For some buyers, the diesel engines will look more appealing. The 113bhp 2.0-litre diesel and the more powerful and punchy 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel both manage nearly 60mpg with CO2 emissions from 127g/km.
Insurance groups for the Ateca start at 10 and rise to 24, which is a similar showing to the Leon hatch. It’s not surprising as they both use a lot of the same mechanical components. Those insurance groups are also comparable to rivals such as the Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar, but none should be too pricey to insure.
No SEAT Ateca is forecast to lose more than about half of its value after three years or 36,000 miles. That's a decent showing, and proves how in demand these cars are at the moment. According to our data, the 1.0 TSI SE Technology model is the strongest performer in the range, holding onto around 56 per cent over the same 36-month ownership period.
In this review
- 1SEAT Ateca reviewThe SEAT Ateca is a crossover-style SUV that’s decent to look at, practical to own and fun to drive
- 2Engines, performance and driveGreat to drive for an SUV, with good body control and punchy engines
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Ateca’s most efficient engines will keep running costs down
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Ateca looks great on the outside and has a clean, minimalist interior, although it's a bit bland in places
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Ateca has a larger boot and more passenger space than most rivals, which will be a big selling point
- 6Reliability and SafetyFive-star Euro NCAP rating is as good as it gets, while a raft of safety kit is available