The SEAT Ateca signalled its quality by seeing off competition that included some of the best sellers in what has become a pivotal part of the market. The result puts down a valuable marker for the SEAT Ateca’s all-round appeal, ahead of its arrival in Pentagon SEAT dealerships later this year.
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: the Leon (previously a three-time winner) in the Compact Family Car class, the Leon ST in Estate car class, the Leon CUPRA 290 (another returning title-holder) for the hot hatch of the year and the new Alhambra for the MPV category.
Commenting on the SEAT Ateca’s success, UK 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 SEAT Ateca in the first UK road test as featured 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”.
Vauxhall, Citroen, Mitsubishi And Mazda Also Recognised At The Awards
SEAT were not the only big winners of the night with several other car manufacturers scooping up prestigious accolades. The all-new Mazda MX-5 picked up the best roadster award, the Mitsubishi L200 won the best pick-up truck award, and the Citroen C4 Grand Picasso was named MPV of the year.
The seventh generation Vauxhall Astra clinched the award in the highly competitive compact family car of the year category, adding to its incredible performance at car awards since its launch in Autumn 2015. Awards the car has won since then include the highly sought-after What Car’s car of the year award and Autocar’s game-changer award.
Head Down To Your Local Pentagon Dealership
If you would like more information about one of these fantastic award winning vehicles or would like to book a test drive please visit your local Pentagon dealership or call 0333 222 0424. First deliveries of the SEAT Ateca will arrive in September but are currently available to order from either one of the Pentagon SEAT dealerships in Chilwell Nottingham or Scunthorpe.