New SEAT Ateca: Price, specs and release date

James Allen
March 20, 2020

The SEAT Ateca is being given a nip-and-tuck to help it compete against other high-riding family cars. Here’s everything you need to know about SEAT’s refreshed family SUV.

  • Updated SEAT Ateca SUV spotted
  • Sharper front and rear bumpers
  • Hybrid engine options expected
  • Upgraded infotainment features
  • Should go on sale this year
  • Price similar to current model

An updated version of the SEAT Ateca SUV has been spotted undergoing cold-weather testing. This alternative to the likes of the VW Tiguan and Skoda Karoq is expected to go on sale before the end of 2020.

The new SEAT Ateca doesn’t look radically different from the outgoing model.

2020 SEAT Ateca facelift design

As the spy shots show, the SEAT Ateca won’t look fundamentally different after it’s had its mid-life facelift. That said, the SEAT’s styling should soon be a bit sharper than before thanks to a more distinctive headlight design and some more pronounced bumpers that give the Ateca a more aggressive look.

While we don’t have any images of the updated SEAT Ateca’s interior, you can expect it will follow suit from the bodywork and feature only minimal changes. That should, though, mean the facelifted SEAT Ateca will have a fairly spacious and sporty-feeling cabin, and we expect some new gadgets will be added to the spec sheet, too.

Entry-level versions of the new SEAT Ateca should cost from around £23,000.

2020 SEAT Ateca facelift prices and release date

Befitting its modest styling tweaks, the updated SEAT Ateca likely won’t be that much more expensive than the current car. Prices are expected to start at just over £23,000 for SEAT Atecas in the entry-level SE spec, with cars in the range-topping Xcellence Lux trim likely to set you back around £31,000. Meanwhile, the SEAT’s sporty Cupra Ateca sister will likely be knocking on the door of £37,000.

SEAT hasn’t spilled the beans regarding when the updated Ateca will go on sale, though expect you to be able to place an order for the car by the end of the year.

The new SEAT Ateca may be available with new hybrid engine options.

2020 SEAT Ateca facelift engines

Much like how the exterior, the SEAT Ateca’s engines will be carried over mostly unchanged. The petrol options will likely be limited to 1.5- and 2-litre units, with drivers looking for diesel units being offered a range of 1.6-litre and 2-litre four-cylinder engines.

That doesn’t mean all of the engines will be copy-pasted over, mind. One of the new options we expect will join the range in the facelift is a mild hybrid 2-litre diesel, which uses electric motor assistance to help save fuel when you accelerate hard or coast to a stop.

In contrast, the Cupra Ateca is expected to have a complete heart transplant once the facelift arrives. As of right now, it’s unclear what will replace the current car’s 300hp 2-litre petrol engine, though we wouldn’t be surprised if SEAT slots the 310hp plug-in hybrid setup from the new Cupra Leon ST under the sporty Ateca’s bonnet.

You can expect the new SEAT Ateca to come with over-the-air infotainment upgrades. 

2020 SEAT Ateca facelift specs

Details on the facelifted SEAT Ateca’s tech specs are thin on the ground, though it’s likely many of the current car’s features will remain as is – so don’t be surprised if climate control, cruise control and a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity are available across the range. We do, however, expect cool new features such as over-the-air update compatibility to be offered for the first time in the new car.

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.