The 2020 SEAT Ateca sees a total redesign on the front end of the vehicle. The facelift includes slimmed-down headlights and a grille in a hexagonal design, and there are also bonnet creases like the Leon hatchback.
If you observe it from the side, there are no apparent differences. However, when you get to the rear, there are subtle distinctions, including LED brake light clusters and cursive Ateca lettering.
The trim levels are another difference. There are body-coloured arches, while the grille includes chrome accent dots that share similarities with the Xcellence trim this model has replaced. You will also find black bumpers along with inserts in the style of skid plates.
SEAT has also revolutionised the interior design. This upgrade includes a range of useful features such as larger touchscreens measuring 8.25” for the entry-level models and 9.2” for any SE Technology models and above. This increased size contributes to more comfortable and confident navigation, while the voice control system (activated by saying Hola, Hola), adds safety aspects when operating the vehicle.
Further safety features include an embedded eSIM to contact emergency services in the event of a collision and pre-crash assistance to eliminate the risk of accidents and adding tension to the seatbelt while also raising the windows and closing the sunroof when the system anticipates an incoming crash.
For the 21st century driver, the Ateca includes wireless mobile phone charging capabilities as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The SEAT Connect app will also provide driving data, help you find the car if you forget where you parked it and allow you to check whether it is locked.
For aesthetic purposes, the steering wheels borrow heavily from the new Leon with its leather design, and buyers will also get the option new upholstery, choosing between microsuede or leather.
The SE model begins with a TSI 1.0-litre engine with 108bph, whereas FR models will use a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine (petrol), at 148bph. These are two of the four petrol and diesel engine options available, with the 108bhp engine being more efficient. SEAT claims that this engine will increase fuel economy by 10%, especially considering it comes with various fuel management systems. On the other end of the petrol spectrum, its turbocharged 296bhp model is a 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.
Both diesel engines are based on 2.0-litre, four-cylinder designs with either 113bhp or 148bhp. For the smaller model, you can only buy it with four-wheel drive and manual transmission. In contrast, the more powerful option is capable of being specced for either manual or automatic, along with four-wheel drive capability.
Entry-level prices for the new SEAT Ateca trim model begins at just £23,670, whilst the Xperience Lux starts at £30,620, which is the flagship design and includes a range of convenient features such as assisted blind spot and adaptive cruise control. While the standard Xperience forgoes digital instruments, the Lux version adds these features.
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