The SEAT Ateca has room for a family of four and their luggage, but it’s a shame the back seats don’t get the adjustment offered by some alternatives
You’ll find it easy to get comfy behind the wheel of the Ateca because even basic models come with a height adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel that moves for rake and reach. You also get a front centre armrest to rest your elbow on, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob.
A height adjustable front passenger seat is also standard, as is lumbar adjustment for both front seats to avoid backache on long drives, plus your backseat passengers get an armrest and a heater vent.
Passenger space in the back is good. There’s plenty of knee and headroom for tall adults to get comfortable, even if the back seats don’t recline or slide forwards and backwards as the do in similar models. You’ll even get three in the back without too many complaints – the Ateca’s width means shoulder room isn’t too tight and the large footwells have space for three people’s feet.
The Ateca has a decent amount of storage spaces for all your odds and ends. It has big door bins, a lidded cubby under the front centre armrest and a couple of cupholders.
The only annoyance is the glovebox, which is big but also a strange shape that limits what you can get in it. All models come with above to get cupholders in the back, which are integrated into the rear centre armrest. Also included on every Ateca is a sunglasses holder in the roof and a storage box under the driver’s seat which is ideal for hiding valuables.
There are signs of cost cutting inside the Ateca, such as rear seats that only split 60:40 and don’t slide like the ones in the VW Tiguan
The Ateca’s 510-litre capacity boot isn’t as big as the 595-litre one in the Peugeot 3008, but it’s far bigger than the Nissan Qashqai’s 430-litre space. It can swallow a baby stroller or a set of golf clubs with ease, in fact, you can fit two large and two small suitcases without even needing to remove the parcel shelf.
Boot features are limited though – you don’t get a 12v power socket, for example, and an adjustable boot floor to make the boot floor line up with the load lip is an option. It’s worth paying for though, because it makes it so much easier to slide bikes and other big objects into the boot once you’ve flipped the rear seats down using the lever at the side of the boot.
That lever is standard on all Atecas. With all the seat down the Ateca has a decent 1,604 litres of space, or 1,579 litres if you go for a 4×4 model.