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SEAT Ateca review - Practicality & boot space

The SEAT Ateca has space for five and their luggage, so it makes an ideal family car

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4.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

3.9 out of 5

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Practicality & boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

The Ateca will be bought largely by people with families, so it needs to be roomy and easy to get in and out of, with a large boot for all occasions. It certainly delivers on this – the Ateca has a bigger boot than two of its biggest rivals, the Ford Kuga and Renault Kadjar.

SEAT Ateca interior space & storage

Access to the Ateca is good thanks to its raised ride height. There are low door sills and it’s a tall car, so it’s very easy to get in and out of – especially for less able-bodied passengers or those with small children. The doors open nice and wide, too, but the opening itself is quite narrow.

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It’s easy to get comfortable in the front thanks to plenty of adjustment in the seats and plenty of room. You get a clear view out and the large glass area allows lots of light in for an airy feel. The door bins are a decent size, but they’re not huge. The same goes for the glovebox, which seems quite small.

Rear-seat passengers will have few complaints, though, as the Ateca has plenty of space for adults in the back, with good legroom and decent headroom thanks to its square roofline – three will fit in with ease.

Boot space

The Ateca is slightly shorter than the VW Tiguan, with which it shares many components, but at 510 litres, it still has a generous amount of boot space. Four-wheel-drive versions of the Ateca have 485 litres to make space for the four-wheel-drive system.

To boost practicality, there’s wide but shallow underfloor storage and tie-down points, while the rear seats both split 60:40 and fold down. They don’t leave a flat load area, though: there’s quite a pronounced step, which means it won’t be easy to slide large, heavy items in. The seats can be folded using a lever in the boot, though.

Towing

While it isn't a full-sized SUV like a Land Rover Discovery, the SEAT Ateca should still be more than capable of towing a small to medium-sized caravan or small trailer. Even the 1.0-litre can tow a 1,300kg braked trailer, while the 1.5 TSI Eco with a manual gearbox raises that to 1,800kg.

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Andy is Carbuyer's managing editor, with more than a decade of experience helping consumers find their perfect car. He has an MA in automotive journalism and has tested hundreds of vehicles.

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