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 2022 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. The SEAT brand secured 17th spot out of 29 manufacturers, which is two places lower than its 2021 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.
The Ateca has SEAT’s three-year/60,000 mile warranty, which is industry standard. You can extend the warranty to four-years/75,000 miles, or five-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, with Hyundai offering a five-year warranty, Kia seven years and Toyota an impressive ten-year package.
Like with the Leon, SEAT recommends the Ateca is serviced every 10,00 miles or every 12 months – whichever comes first.
In this review
- 1SEAT Ateca reviewThe smart-looking SEAT Ateca is a crossover-style SUV that’s practical to own and fun to drive
- 2Engines, performance and driveGreat to drive for an SUV, the Ateca features good body control and punchy petrol and diesel engines
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsGood real-world fuel economy, reasonable insurance premiums and decent residual values will appeal to cost-conscious buyers
- 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 Safety - currently readingFive-star Euro NCAP rating is as good as it gets, while a raft of safety kit is available