The SEAT Ateca’s interior feels solidly put together and has easy-to-use controls, but it doesn’t feel as expensive as alternatives
While there’s nothing particularly special about the way the Ateca’s interior looks, you can derive some pleasure from how well laid out it is. Everything works exactly as you would expect it to, and although you don’t get as many fancy trims and soft-touch plastics as you would in some rival SUVs, the interior does feel solidly built.
Entry-level SE models offer you the best value for money in the range. They get Nora Blue upholstery and door cards, which injects some much-needed colour into the Ateca’s cabin, and a modern-looking 6.5-inch touchscreen. The 8.0-inch colour infotainment touchscreen that’s standard on SE Technology models and above is better again.
Xcellence models sit at the top of the range, of course. They get the same infotainment screen as SE models and black leather upholstery, which makes the Ateca feel more expensive and is easier to clean, but also look as dark as the basic model’s seats.
The entry-level infotainment system looks like SEAT has superglued a large LCD calculator to the dashboard – it’s that bad
You get a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen as standard on SE models. There’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring systems, and you get Bluetooth for wireless music streaming and hands-free calls. It has an easy-to-follow menu structure and responsive to inputs. It doesn’t come with integrated satellite navigation as standard, but it doesn’t need to – you can mirror your smartphone’s navigation app on the screen via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.
SE Technology models and up have an even better infotainment screen with all the bells and whistles. Its 8.0-inch size fills out the Ateca’s dashboard properly, so there’s no need for a big plastic surround. It has a proximity sensor, so menus flash up when your hand approaches the screen and it responds to pinch and swipe gestures. Sat-nav is included, too.