The SEAT Ateca will reach Ireland in August, with pricing starting at €24,750. The Ateca will be SEAT’s first ever SUV, and in keeping with SEAT tradition, the Ateca gets its name from a Spanish village.

The new car promises a spacious, practical and versatile interior with seating for five and a large 510 litre boot in front wheel drive models (485 litres in all-wheel drive versions).

The Ateca will be available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, all of them turbocharged, including a 1.6-litre TDI diesel (115hp), 2.0-litre TDI diesel (150hp or 190hp), three cylinder 1.0-litre TSI petrol (115hp) and a 1.4-litre TSI petrol (150hp) with cylinder deactivation under partial load to save fuel. There will be manual or DSG automatic transmissions available, and front wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants.

There will be three equipment lines for the Irish market at launch: S, SE and XCELLENCE.

The entry-level S trim (from €24,750) includes 16” alloy wheels, air conditioning, Media System touch with a 5-inch screen, electric parking brake, as well as safety systems like seven airbags, drowsiness detection, tyre pressure monitoring and Front Assist.

The SE trim (from €27,290) adds 17” alloy wheels, LED rear lights, climate control and rear parking sensors.

The top of the range XCELLENCE model (from €31,120) has leather upholstery, multi-colour ambient lighting, roof rails and window frames in chrome, a high-gloss black grille, dark tinted windows, 18” alloy wheels, full LED headlamps with welcome light, SEAT Drive Profile, rear parking sensors with rear view camera, and keyless entry and start.

The new SEAT Ateca will be in Irish SEAT dealers this August.

Caroline Kidd