SEAT Ateca 2.0 TDI Gets Maxed out on the Autobahn

People say that SEAT is the only Volkswagen brand without an identity. In a way, that's true, as the Leon is just a Golf with worse interior trim.
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Until recently, the Leon Cupra has been the only noteworthy exception. This hardcore hot hatch currently packs 290 PS, making the average Golf GTI look slow. However, the first SUV in the history of the Spanish brand is also unique.

For starters, it's nowhere near as big as the Volkswagen Tiguan. The German car is classed as a compact SUV, and thus competes with the Toyota RAV4 or Honda CR-V. Meanwhile, the Ateca is technically a crossover, so it goes against the Nissan Qashqai, offering car-like handling.

Because it's designed to be sporty and has a shorter wheelbase, we naturally assumed that the Ateca wouldn't feel at home on the Autobahn. However, this video proves that's not the case.

While 210 km/h (not based on GPS data) doesn't sound like much to you power junkies, it's a very impressive speed. For a Nissan Qashqai or Renault Kadjar, this would be an almost impossible task. Even when going over its maximum speed, the Spanish SUV remains stable and planted.

A slightly bumpy ride is the downside of that sporty suspension system. The Ateca is seen bobbing up and down, which is something you might not experience in the Tiguan. However, if you are in a hurry to get somewhere, SEAT's newborn SUV is up to the job.

According to the specs sheet, this is an Ateca equipped with a 2.0 TDI engine that makes 150 PS and 340 Nm of torque. It comes with a 6-speed manual, but its 4Drive system adds weight, increasing the total to 1,473 kg. But that's still only as much as your average Golf R or Octavia RS.

Despite this, it's said to be able to reach 100 km/h in 8.3 and has a top speed of 196 km/h. It's not uncommon for some cars to be even faster than the manufacturer claims. Average fuel consumption is 4.9 liters per 100km. If that worries you, there's a 1.6 TDI that gets 4.3 liters, but we wouldn't bother with it. What we would consider is the surprisingly fast 2.0 TDI 190 PS, which should keep up with a BMW X3 xDrive20d.

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