Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai: What is the best compact SUV?

Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai: What is the best compact SUV?

Inventor of the SUV phenomenon and leader, the Nissan Qashqai is facing its most difficult year. With its renewed rivals, finally arrives the Seat Ateca, the most anticipated. The exclusive face.

Comparative Duel: Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai

Comparative Duel: Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai

Comparative Duel: Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai

Comparative Duel: Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai

Ateca Seat … or whip. It remains to be seen what will become finally the first SUV Seat (And how it will hit the almighty Nissan Qashqai) when you actually open this June and the public sale and begin to deliver first units in September. But all indications today that there will be a shoot more. In fact, since last April 19 you can order and configure Seat official channels, and the expectation is maximum. Without reaching the phenomenon of Tesla Model 3 and its 375,000 orders (eye, because in recent days have canceled more than 12,000 after the initial impact), it Ateca Seat not had never lived in Spain. Without even still see it live, already has more than 300 customers pre-booked 1,000 euros. But it also confirms that there are Seat 1,000 other pending orders and confirmation that week, They are completed by 35,000 web configurations, rather than Seat Ibiza and Seat Leon… together.

These data demonstrate today that is Ateca Seat SUV most anticipated moment… and the most feared also for Nissan Qashqai who sees his long reign undisputed and can begin to be damaged. Not neglect either two new Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson that although the YTD still sell 25 percent less than the Qashqai in April succeeded, in the case of Hyundai, enroll up more units. Given this, and given our power once again a Nissan Qashqai that never disappoints and, at the wheel, justifies every year its great commercial success, We could not wait even a month. ¿What will be the best of both? Time to go in search of one of the few existing Ateca Seat and rolling out of doubt.

Rate your car for freeSeat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai: face to face

An hour in the morning, that was the agreement with Seat. Not much, but enough at least for allowing us to shoot with both road compact SUV And till on field. And to confirm that even while we were yet a unit number pre-, This leaves by comparison Ateca Seat good feeling. But very good. In fact, if until now the Nissan Qashqai proved to be the roundest of its kind by conduction and SUV space, and today feel superior Ateca Seat, more modern, with a balance between agility and comfort We not found in Nissan. If the Qashqai source so impressed actually like compact on high, Seat now perfected formula.

Developed on the MQB platform, the media cars VW group, Seat Ateca to start and what you perceive almost like driving a Seat Leon High… on which you feel exactly 12.5 centimeters taller. Very light (Weigh up to 150 kg unless Qashqai according version), sorry extremely dynamic, with a very precise direction and a good setting where springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer Lion differ to suit its size and maintain sportiness. Soon will test it further to confirm this, but we are ready to begin to ensure that We have not seen a SUV in its segment with such good dynamics. Also because the Ateca Seat leaving the asphalt with solvency guarantees in their 4×4 versions a proven AWD by Haldex art (already present in the current seat leon x-perience) and a correct path buffer to absorb enough. the system also features Seat Drive Profile, where it is able to offer up 6 driving modes (Eco, Normal, Winter Sport, Individual … Off Road and 4×4 versions) and descent control.

Seat Ateca vs Nissan QashqaiFaced with this brand new Seat Ateca, andl Nissan Qashqai remains a very good product, more veteran, but very good: well soundproofed, very comfortable in its rolling smooth control, which leads very easily … although it is true that today It also feels more circulating road SUV, with more inertia and body swing curve. Question of progress, which we also observed if we analyze their ranges.

Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai: their ranges

The offer new Seat Ateca is now more complete, having more engine in its range, which already includes first propellant only 3 cylinders (a 1.0 TSI 115 hp already present in the Seat Ibiza), another top gasoline engine 1.4 TSI ACT with cylinder deactivation up, three options mechanical Diesel They are covering a wider range of power (1.6 TDI 115 hp Y Version 2.0 TDI 150 and 190 hp) And even an automatic DSG double clutch disengagement function coasted to save on consumption … and most advanced and efficient automatic transmission so that the Xtronic continuously variable Nissan offered today.

He Nissan Qashqai, in return, it has a range today more targeted exclusively to mass volume, with gasoline engines underperformer (1.2 DIG-T 115 hp Y 1.6 DIG-T 163 hp) But where it should be strong with a Diesel supply very consistent even reduced to versions 1.5 dCi 110 hp Y 1.6 dCi 130 hp. And is that, confronting them face to face, this 1.5 dCi engine Access Nissan Qashqai (The most sold) now it offers better performance than equivalent 1.6 TDI Seat Ateca, especially in relation to their best under a regime and consumption so far it has shown very low. We’ll see when we measure and pass our technical center to check their actual consumption if the lower weight of the Seat Ateca can offset the increased spending that has always shown the TDI.

Seat Ateca vs Nissan Qashqai: compact SUV family SUV vs

The first “vis a vis” between Seat and Nissan Qashqai Ateca is coming to an end, but we can not leave without contrast before the interiors of both SUV. What is better? With high precision control and very good quality of settings and materials may fool you out here for a Seat Ateca that if sight seems bigger really is 1 centimeter shorter in length: both with compact dimensions, very contained. But that’s cubic design translates itself inside a Ateca with an inner more capable.

Interior Seat AtecaExtraordinarily tapped, we measured the Seat Ateca at least 5 centimeters more headroom, a wide width and legroom more than enough and very similar course in both. A more familiar aspect of Ateca Seat which is confirmed, especially when we analyze the boot: Seat offers up to 80 liters more capacity (Total 510 liters which they are reduced to about 480 very good even in the case of the 4×4 versions), with better loading plane located 66 cm from the ground only by the highest 76 Nissan Qashqai.

Good access and to possibility to mount electric gate handsfree configured together one Ateca Seat most complete, versatile and technological longer able to offer, also, Full LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, Blind Spot, high-resolution displays up to 8 inches, keyless start system premiere Seat, load cell induction… And starting in addition to a very competitive price (It is positioned more or less the same good hairpin Qashqai) and next to the package “Seat confidence “with 4 year warranty, maintenance and support. It will also offer the latest in connectivity, compatible with Apple and Android Car Auto Play and a console that has 2 USB sockets.

Meanwhile, the Nissan Qashqai offers a less technological ensemble and advanced today, but still a very high level. A softness and correct space sum long hollow storage, as it is located under the front armrest where, incidentally, you will find the USB connection. Also it offers keyless ignition, peripheral chamber, Signal recognition system and even an interesting stability control ESP with function to compensate for pitch and roll body. It is a very good Qashqai.

In short, we must recognize that we liked the new Ateca Seat. We believe that amazed by dynamism and space, It is showing as a complete SUV that makes the always efficient and effective Nissan Qashqai, by comparison, is no longer so much today. We’ll see how they behave now sales of both models. The battle is served.

Ateca Seat 1.6 TDI

Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi


1,598 cm3

1,461 cm3


Direct injection, turbo

Direct injection, turbo.

Maximum power

116 hp between 3250 and 4000 rpm

110 hp at 4,000 rpm

maximum torque

25.5 mkg 1,500 to 3,250 rpm

26.5 mkg between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm


del./trasera suspension

McPherson / torsional axis

McPherson / torsional axis

del./traseros brakes

Ventilated discs 312 mm / 272 mm discs

Ventilated discs 296 mm / 290 mm discs





4.36 x 1.84 x 1.60 meters

4.38 x 1.81 x 1.59 meters

Front./back battle and roads.

2,64 and 158 / 1.57 meters

2.65 and 1.57 / 1.56 meters


From 1,375 kg

From 1,460 kg


510 liters

430 liters



184 km / h

182 km / h

Acel. 0 to 100 km / h


11.9 seconds

average consumption

4.2 l / 100 km

4.0 l / 100 km

CO2 emissions means

111 g / km

103 g / km

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