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A weekend with...a Seat Ateca FR 4DRIVE

Seat's crossover SUV, theĀ Ateca FR 4DRIVE cuts quite a dash on the urban scene. We spent a weekend with this little Spanish car.



Seat's crossover SUV, the Ateca FR 4DRIVE cuts quite a dash on the urban scene.


In a crowded crossover SUV market, the Spanish brand SEAT (pronounced Say at) cuts a smart Iberian style.  The FR version we drove has very attractive 19-inch mag wheels, leather stitched steering wheel, full LED headlights, a full red stitched leather interior, black roof rails and window surrounds, and a very cool 'Driver Profile Selection' that allows you to choose between Sport, Normal, Eco, Individual and Off-Road modes


As mentioned the cabin is in black leather with a very smart red leather stitching detail throughout. The SEAT's seats are wonderfully comfortable and very supportive. The eight-inch 'SEAT Media System Plus' touchscreen has neat and easy to read graphics and a simple menu layout, while smaller items such as the aluminium pedals and leather wrapped red-stiched steering wheel are absolute cherries on a tasty cake.  

Cabin Crew

The rear seats provide ample leg and head room for passengers and there are neat well thought out touches such as two rear usb charging ports and a niftly mesh holder for phones.

Boot space is ample, fitting the writers son's massive Ice Hockey Gear bag and his cumbersome Electric scooter with ease. Seat boast a boot space of 485 litres with the both the split seats folded flat.

Ice Hockey Bag Test.


The SEAT holds its own on the Christchurch Avenues, feeling tight and taught, the steering is very well balanced too - well-weighted and with a nice tight feel if you switch everything over into Sport mode. A spot of rain on a Saturday morning going to a Ice Hockey meeting, and the car held itself on the road firm and the driver did feel safe driving and accelerating with the 19inch alloys holding fast and the engine pulling strong through the automatics rev range in the wet.


This SEAT is a hugely likeable car, nimble, fast and good looking especially with all of the FR goodies attached. Certainly one to consider for your garage if your looking for an able SUV for around town.

Go for a Spin 

This SEAT as tested is currently available to purchase, more details here: http://www.archibalds.co.nz/car/seat/ateca/999610942/

Contact Yuri for a test drive on 021 911 936 or email [email protected]