New SEAT Ateca: Price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
June 15, 2020

SEAT has revealed the updated Ateca SUV. This sporty alternative to the VW Tiguan and Skoda Kamiq receives new engines, extra technology and upgraded safety features for 2020.

  • Styling inspired by the bigger Tarraco SUV
  • New Xperience trim level
  • Larger infotainment screens
  • New voice-command tech
  • Upgraded safety features
  • New 2.0-litre diesel engine

New 2020 SEAT Ateca styling

Sleeker headlights and a new chrome grille mean the SEAT Ateca now looks like a Tarraco that’s been shrunk. Around the back you get new LED tail lights – with sweeping indicators on FR and Xperience models – and new exhaust trims. The ‘Ateca’ name is now scrolled in a handwritten-style font much like on the new Leon.

You also get a new trim level – called Xperience, it adds rugged looks courtesy of black-plastic bumpers and unique 17-19inch alloy wheels.

The new Ateca gets an upgraded infotainment system featuring new voice-command functions

New 2020 SEAT Ateca interior

Inside, the steering wheel is also redesigned, you get new inner door coverings and new matte trims. Top-of-the-range Xperience models windscreens also get a Climacoat coating for quicker defrosting.

There’s a larger infotainment screen up from 8 inches to 8.2 inches or 9.2 inches in SE Technology models and upwards. The 9.2-inch system features voice activation connected services. To spark it into life all you need to do is say “hola hola” – how Spanish – and the system will ask you how it can help.

The new SEAT Ateca’s interior doesn’t look dramatically different from the old car’s. 

It can call the emergency services if you’re involved in an accident, tell them where you are and how many people are in the car. Using the SEAT Connect app you can also check the car’s location, range and open or lock the doors remotely from your phone.

The new infotainment includes 4 USBC plugs – twice what you got in the old car.

The new-look SEAT Ateca takes inspiration from the larger SEAT Tarraco’s design

New 2020 SEAT Ateca safety

Safety has also been boosted with the SEAT Ateca getting Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control that uses info from the car’s sat-nav system to automatically slow down for corners, roundabouts and junctions when you’re heading down the motorway with the cruise control on.

Exit Assist is another new piece of kit that’s only fitted to Xperience cars. It warns you if you’re attempting to pull out in front of traffic when you’re leaving a space and can apply the brakes to stop a collision if it needs to.

You’ll be able to get an Ateca with five petrol and two diesel engines.

New 2020 SEAT Ateca engines

You can have your Ateca with a choice of five petrol engines including a revised version of SEAT’s 110hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder which now runs on the Miller cycle, improving fuel economy by 15%.

In terms of diesels, SEAT has dropped the old 1.6-litre model, swapping it for a 115hp 2.0-litre and you can also choose from a 150hp 2.0-litre diesel model. All diesels get a new twin-dosing SCR system that includes dual AdBlue injection for cleaner emissions.

New safety tech is among the upgrades available for the new SEAT Ateca.

If you can’t wait for this new model to go on sale, read our in-depth SEAT Ateca review for the low-down on the current car or check out the latest SEAT Ateca deals to see how much you can save.