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SEAT Ateca review - Reliability and safety

Five-star Euro NCAP rating is as good as it gets, while a raft of safety kit is available

As the Ateca shares so much of its running gear, including engines, gearboxes and other technology with other models in SEAT’s range, we can expect high levels of reliability. The parts are tried and tested in models across VW Group brands.

The SEAT Ateca came home in 10th place out of the 75 most popular models voted for in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. The SEAT brand secured 15th spot out of 30 manufacturers, which is just one position lower than its 2020 result.

Thanks to a raft of safety tech and airbags the Ateca has scored a full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests. For adult passengers the Ateca scored 93 per cent, while for child occupants the crossover achieved 84 per cent for safety. However, for pedestrian safety the rating fell to 71 per cent. Entry-level versions include autonomous emergency braking, a tiredness recognition system and traction control, while top-spec Xcellence Lux adds high beam assist, lane assist and blind spot detection.

Warranty

The Ateca has SEAT’s three-year/60,000 mile warranty, which is industry standard. You can extend the warranty to 4 years/75,000 miles for an extra £290, or 5 years/90,000 miles cover for an additional cost.

Having said that, virtually all of the Ateca’s rivals come with more comprehensive cover as standard. The Kadjar comes with a seven-year warranty, while the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson both come with five-year cover.

Servicing

Like with the Leon, SEAT recommends the Ateca is serviced every 10,00 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes first. 

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