Comact SUV’s/Crossovers are the popular choice for the nations’s carparks, Easy to get into and even easier to alight from, a raised driving positon, roomy interior, with information, entertainment and connectivity only the touch of a finger away, form the main ingredients of this ever-growing segment.
Nissan’s Qashqai may have stared the genre, but it has now been joined by almost every manufaturer, giving buyers a very comprhensive line-up of choice to suit their pocket and lifestyle.
The SEAT brand brings its own style to all its offerings and here in the compact SUV segment their Alteca has to be on your test drive list. The Spanish-built Alteca is a very worthy choice for your car-park and now for 2021 comes with enhanced connectivity powering the latest infotainment technology, with Full Link wireless access to both Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay, plus online-based functions and services with in-car apps available.
The SUV slightly grows in length, an increase of 18mm to 4,381mm, due to the new design of the front and rear bumpers, but remains as wide (1,841mm) and tall (1,615mm) as the previous model.
The front gains a new face that also includes of a new bumper and full LED headlights.
At the rear, a new rear bumper and full LED rear lights with dynamic blinkers accentuate the look, while a healthy 510-litre load space awaits the new owner. Simulated exhaust pipes add an edge to the design and bring added intrigue to the rear, and the Ateca’s name is now embossed in the new brand handwriting style.
New owners can opt for SEAT’s newest trim, XPERIENCE, which seeks to add a dash of off-road character to this compact SUV. A nice touch is the addition of black front and rear bumpers, side and wheelarches, with side mouldings and front and rear mouldings finished in Aluminium look.
Inside, the interior design includes a 10.25” SEAT Digital Cockpit, which adds a focus to the interior from the driver’s seat, with an improved HMI interface, diagonal view and, upgraded 9.2” infotainment system - a fully digitalised interior.
The interior’s design is underscored by the inclusion of matt finish surrounds for the air vents, gear lever and infotainment system, with multicolour ambient lighting bringing an extra dimension to the vehicle’s interior finish.
SEAT’s Digital Cockpit brings together a high-resolution 10.25” user definable instrument cluster and infotainment system. The standard Media system boasts a 9.2” Connect System offering navigation and natural voice control to simplifiy user interaction. And for simplicity the new Ateca also includes illuminated Type C USB connectors making it easier to plug in, connect, and charge with ease.
Voice recognition is perhaps one of the most convenient ways to interact with devices, especially as we have become increasingly used to home assistants from the consumer electronics world. And with the Full Link system, customers will also be able to access their digital lives no matter what device they use - Android Auto or Apple CarPlay (using a wireless connection based on Bluetooth or WLAN).
SEAT CONNECT, with an embedded SIM, means that you’ll never lose your connection to the digital world, and, in future developments, the system will allow users to access the latest infotainment apps which can be updated at any time. That means the number of in-car and online services will grow through the life of the vehicle as the digital eco-system expands.
Propulsion for the the SEAT Ateca comes via a range of new combustion engines includes both petrol, (TSI) and diesel (TDI) options, available in outputs of between 110PS and 150PS.
The Ateca starts from €31,395 RRP for the 1.0TSI 110hp. This is a petrol, three-cyclinder 1.0l unit which produces 81kW/110PS of power and is linked to a manual transmission. This engine uses a Miller-cycle combustion process and variable geometry turbocharger.
The 1.5TSI 150hp manual starts from €33,035 RRP and from €35,675 RRP for the dual-clutch DSG.
The Ateca brings big changes to its diesel range, with the previous 1.6l TDI units, which were available with 115PS, are now replaced with 2.0l TDI engines. These offer better performance, more torque and maximum power, available in a wider range of rpms, the 2.0 TDI now with significant emission reduction. The 2.0TDI, 115hp, starts from €33,415 RRP.
The 2.0l engine is linked to a six-speed manual transmission with a power output of 115PS.
A more powerful 150PS unit is also available, linked to either a manual or DSG dual-clutch transmission.
The TDI range starts from €33,415 RRP for the 2.0TDI 115hp, the 2.0TDI 150hp manual starts from €34,690 RRP and the 2.0TDI 150hp DSG starts from €39,405RRP.
SEAT’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) has been developed to see more of its surroundings, particularly when we casnnot. This ability allows it react to obstacles on the road. Through these technologies, the SEAT Ateca can sense its environment, offering optimised protection no matter what the scenario.
The ADAS system include, Pre-Crash Assist, Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Travel Assist, Emergency Assist and Side and Exit Assist.
With Exit Assist, the vehicle will give an audible and visual warning if traffic is coming, this can be other vehicles on the road side, cyclists or pedestrians on the kerb side – and if necessary initiating automatic braking.
Trailer Assist technology is also an option. Thus system supports the driver when reversing or parking with a trailer, where the reversing camera image is used to help guide the vehicle and trailer to the exact position needed.
Niall Phillips, Brand Director at SEAT Ireland commented, “We are delighted to bring the new SEAT Ateca to our customers in Ireland. The new Ateca has been redesigned for an improved, more robust feel - the same great model brought up to date with needs of today’s driver. We want to provide our customers with everything they need for a more convenient drive and so the Ateca has become fully connected for the driver, integrating in-car connectivity with SEAT Connect.
The new Ateca marks another milestone for our brand’s evolution, particularly for our SUV range and we’re so happy to be able to present our customers with a variety of high-quality cars across our SUV range. As our retailers fully re-open for business we’re delighted to offer customers 0% PCP across the entire Ateca range from only €259 per month and a discounted 3 year service plan for just €9.99 per month”.
Powertrains Pricing :
- 1.0 TSI 81kW/110hp, manual gearbox, from €31,395 RRP
- 1.5 TSI 110kW/150hp, manual gearbox, from €33,035 RRP
- 1.5 TSI 110kW/150hp, DSG gearbox, from €35,675 RRP
- 2.0 TDI 85kW/115hp, manual gearbox, from €33,415RRP
- 2.0 TDI 110kW/150hp, manual gearbox, from €34,690 RRP
- 2.0 TDI 110kW/150hp, DSG gearbox, from €39,405 RRP