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SEAT Ateca SUV - MPG, running costs & CO2

The SEAT Ateca should be cheap to run, and runs class leaders very close

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The SEAT Ateca is available with a choice of 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0-litre petrol engines, plus a 1.6-litre diesel and a 2.0-litre diesel in two power outputs. There are no hybrid or plug-in hybrid engines yet, which may limit its appeal to eco-conscious buyers.

SEAT Ateca MPG CO2

The previously fitted 1.6-litre TDI diesel has been replaced by a 2.0-litre engine with the same power output, and AdBlue fluid has been introduced to reduce tailpipe emissions. All the diesel engines now use AdBlue, which sits in its own tank and may need to be topped up between services.

With a low 129g/km CO2 figure for the 113bhp model, business users stand to benefit from a reasonable Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) company-car tax liability as well as fuel economy of more than 55mpg. The 2.0-litre diesel is also available with 148bhp, with manual or automatic gearboxes and front or four-wheel drive. All these options have a small impact on running costs.

The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel returns almost the same fuel economy and CO2 numbers as the 113bhp version, officially managing up to 58.9mpg with emissions starting at 127g/km. Although if you take advantage of the extra power you’ll inevitably burn more fuel. Choose the DSG automatic and four-wheel drive, and consumption drops to 56.5mpg according to the official stats.

The 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine is impressively economical thanks to cylinder-deactivation technology that shuts down part of the engine when full power isn't required. This means the engine is capable of over 50mpg in the official figures. It shares the same midrange BiK band as the 2.0-litre TDI, which business users may appreciate, and should make financial sense to those who cover low annual mileage or make frequent short, urban journeys.

The 1.0-litre TSI can return up to 46.3mpg. It should prove cheap to run, but overall the 1.5-litre is likely to be worth the extra expense for private buyers. Featuring cylinder deactivation that shuts half the engine down at a cruise, the 1.5-litre engine offers up to 45.6mpg.

The least economical petrol engine is the 187bhp 2.0-litre TSI. This is not only because it’s the most powerful but also because it comes with an automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard, so can only manage around 35.3mpg with 182g/km of CO2. These figures aren’t much better than the considerably more powerful Cupra Ateca.

Road tax on all models will cost the standard VED rate each year, after an initial registration cost that usually forms part of a car's on-the-road price.

Insurance groups

The SEAT Ateca should be reasonably cheap to insure, with the 1.0-litre version sitting in groups eight and nine, which are very low for an SUV. The 1.6-litre diesel is in groups 10 to 11, while the 1.4-litre starts in group 13. The diesel with 187bhp in FR trim is the most costly in group 23.

Warranty

The SEAT Ateca’s warranty is a fairly standard three-year/60,000-mile affair, like every other model in SEAT’s range. That’s less than the four-year cover that comes with the Renault Kadjar, the five years of the Hyundai Tucson and seven years of the Kia Sportage. You can pay to extend it if you wish, with a four-year or 75,000-mile warranty costing £280 and cover for five-years or 90,000-miles setting you back around £450.

Servicing

SEAT offers a fixed-price servicing plan for the Ateca, covering you for the first two years (or 20,000 miles) for an upfront payment of around £400. Alternatively, you can pay 18 monthly fees of around £25 to help spread the cost.

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