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SEAT Ateca: first drives for British press

Journalists from the UK’s leading motoring titles test drive prototype of our first-ever SUV

SEAT Ateca SUV test drive

The British press were given an exclusive first drive of our stunning Ateca in Barcelona on Wednesday 16 March 2016.

Journalists from some of the UK’s leading automotive publications – including CAR, What Car?, Auto Express, Autocar, Top Gear, Parkers and The Sun – put our new A-SUV to the test courtesy of some demanding on and off-road routes.

Factory experts accompanied the journalists on the test drives, sharing their passion for the stunning new model, its technology, connectivity and safety features.

The test cars used were prototypes without camouflage. Final production versions will be driven on the international press test drive event in June.

AutoExpress – four stars

“It’s spacious, fun to drive and stylish, and comes at incredibly competitive price. Hold off on that Qashqai order until you’ve tried one of these.” Read the full review here.

Autocar – four stars

“Our best advice would be to hold off making an SUV purchase if you can. This SEAT Ateca could well be the one to beat when it starts arriving in showrooms around August time.” Read the full review here.

Top Gear

“It’s a sharp-looking and well-finished crossover with reasonable dynamics, lots of room and useful tech.” Read the full review here.


“Seat may have arrived later than ideal at the SUV party but the Ateca’s more memorable – and more fun – than most in this segment.” Read the full review here.