SEAT Ateca makes win­ning de­but in Au­toEx­press New Car Awards

SEAT’s first SUV nets Best Cross­over hon­our on its first ap­pear­ance – and two months be­fore it even hits UK show­rooms

Staines Informer - - MOTORS -

THE new SEAT Ateca has opened its hon­ours ac­count in style, claim­ing the Best Cross­over ti­tle on its first ap­pear­ance in the Auto Ex­press New Car Awards.

SEAT’s first SUV sig­nalled its qual­ity by see­ing off com­pe­ti­tion that in­cluded some of the best sell­ers in what has be­come a piv­otal part of the mar­ket, in­clud­ing the Hyundai Tuc­son, Nis­san Qashqai and Re­nault Kad­jar.

The re­sult puts down a valu­able marker for the Ateca’s all-round ap­peal, as the model pro­gresses to­wards its hotly an­tic­i­pated ar­rival in UK show­rooms in September.

SMC SEAT will be hold­ing a one-day ex­clu­sive VIP show­ing of the new SEAT Ateca at its Wok­ing branch on Thurs­day July 28.

To find out more de­tails con­tact your lo­cal branch.

Its suc­cess was part of a for­mi­da­ble across-the-board per­for­mance by SEAT in this year’s awards, with four other mod­els post­ing Com­mended re­sults too, in­clud­ing Leon (pre­vi­ously a three-times win­ner) in the Com­pact Fam­ily Car class, Leon ST in Es­tate, Leon Cupra 290 (an­other re­turn­ing ti­tle-holder) for Hot Hatch and the new Al­ham­bra for MPV.

Com­ment­ing on the Ateca’s suc­cess, Auto Ex­press edi­tor Gra­ham Hope said: “The Ateca has made a dra­matic en­try into the cross­over class and is a par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive first ef­fort from SEAT.

“It of­fers ev­ery­thing that is great about the Leon in a su­perb-look­ing new pack­age, and blends ex­cel­lent per­for­mance with de­cent prac­ti­cal­ity and strong value for money.

“It’s a com­pelling new cross­over op­tion for buy­ers.”

The judges’ opin­ions fol­low hot on the heels of a top five-star rat­ing for the Ateca in the first UK road test in the lat­est is­sue of the same magazine. In its de­tailed scru­tiny of the 2.0 TDI 150 Xcel­lence 4Drive model, the magazine de­clared it ‘fol­lows in the foot­steps of the Leon and goes straight to the top of the class’.

Richard Har­ri­son, SEAT UK di­rec­tor, said: “This is a fan­tas­tic re­sult for Ateca and adds to the great mo­men­tum that it’s de­vel­op­ing as it nears show­room launch, in­clud­ing the 13,000 mem­bers of the Bri­tish pub­lic who have al­ready stated their in­ter­est in buy­ing one.

“The award is tes­ta­ment to what an en­tic­ing all-round pack­age Ateca is, as a de­sir­able, high-tech, stylish and well­built SUV it is, in this ever bur­geon­ing part of the mar­ket.”

The award win­ning SEAT Ateca wil be avail­able to see and test drive in September or at a spe­cial VIP Day at SMC Mo­tor Group SEAT at Wych Hill, Wok­ing, GU22 0EU (01483 698746) and at Black­wa­ter Way, Alder­shot, GU12 4HD (01252 888498) on July 28.

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SEAT Ateca: Ready to han­dle any­thing you can throw at it.

There’s a chance to see the new SEAT Atica at SMC SEAT in Wych Hill, Wok­ing, on Thurs­day July 28.

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