SEAT is kicking off 2017 in style after driving off with two accolades at the What Car? Awards 2017. The Ateca was awarded ‘Best Small SUV’ and the New Leon achieved the ‘Best Buy’ trophy, one month ahead of it even launching in UK showrooms.
The Ateca, SEAT’s in-demand first SUV wowed the judges across the board. Among its talents singled out for praise were its value for money, impressive driving experience and top-notch infotainment systems.
Steve Huntingford, What Car? Editor, commented, “SEAT has managed to price its Ateca keenly enough to appeal to a wide range of buyers looking for their ideal car. Not only does it have space and practicality in abundance, but its robust interior should also stand the test of time, and you get lots of kit. That you can also have a fuel-sipping petrol engine with an impressive, yet quiet, performance for this money is a massive achievement.”
Its preferred version of the Barcelona-based brand’s high-selling Ateca, SE 1.4 EcoTSI 150, earned a ‘Best Buy £15,000-£25,000’ win initially, before fending off every other shortlisted SUV in its category, to secure the overall Small SUV title.
What Car? continued, “It’s extremely good fun to drive, with excellent body control and one of the best steering set-ups of the class. The Ateca’s genuinely agile, which is a rare thing for a small SUV. With our favoured 1.4 turbo petrol engine fitted, it has a strong performance to match its sweet-handling, but this is balanced with clever cylinder shut-off technology that helps deliver great fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. Inside, a family will have room to stretch out, particularly in the back.”
Sharing the limelight on the night was the New Leon. Recently updated ahead of its UK showroom launch next month, SEAT’s best-selling model earned a ‘Best Buy’ in the Family Car for the £18,000-£20,000 category.