The SEAT Ateca is the Spanish brand’s first crossover. With chunky looks, a high quality interior and the promise of low running costs, the SEAT is aiming directly at the popular Nissan Qashqai as well as rivals including the Hyundai Tuscon and Skoda Yeti.
We’re breaking down the car’s dimensions to save you breaking out the tape measure in the dealership. If you’ve decided it fits your needs perfectly, make sure to check out our review – and, once the Ateca goes on sale, make sure you buy through carwow to get a great saving.
SEAT Ateca exterior dimensions
The Ateca might be a practical crossover but you may be surprised to learn it’s barely any bigger than an average family hatchback. It’s a mere 100mm longer than the Leon on which it’s based, and just 14mm shorter than the Qashqai.
The SEAT is both wider and taller than the Nissan, however – it won’t trouble any height restrictors at multi-storey car parks but some might find it a little bit of a squeeze when manoeuvring through the very tightest city streets.
|Width mirrors folded||1,841mm|
SEAT Ateca interior dimensions
Despite its modest dimensions, the Ateca is rather spacious inside and can handle four adults without any problem, although a fifth might find longer journeys uncomfortable thanks to a raised transmission tunnel in the back. SEAT hasn’t released specific information on space, but early reviews suggest it fares well, even if it misses out on some practical touches like a sliding/reclining rear seat.
Boot space is impressive and owners of two-wheel drive models will have 510 litres to play with. That’s 80 litres more than the Qashqai and 95 more than the Yeti – ample for the average family and their holiday gear. Opting for four-wheel drive shrinks this advantage by 25 litres – which still betters many rivals – but the new Volkswagen Tiguan offers an even larger 615 litre space.
|Boot space (4WD models)||510 litres (485 litres)|
SEAT Ateca fuel tank and turning circle
A turning circle of 10.8 metres is pretty average in the crossover class – the Qashqai does it in 10.7 metres and the Honda HR-V does it in 10.6 metres. This should mean for reasonable manouverability in the car park. The size of the fuel tank varies depending on whether the car has all-wheel-drive or not – the most efficient diesel models have a theoretical range of 794 miles, but even the thirstiest models can manage 632 miles without needing a refill.
|Fuel tank (AWD models)||50 litres (55 litres)|
|Turning circle||10.8 metres|
SEAT Ateca weight and towing limits
The very lightest Ateca weighs just 1,280kg, relatively lightweight for this kind of vehicle and less than 100kg heavier than the lightest version of the Leon – heavier versions compare well with competitors, too. Unfortunately those lightweight versions only have the ability to tow 1,300kg. Those intending to tow on a regular basis would be best off choosing a diesel version, preferably the range-topping automatic.
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