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About to trade in our 2.0tdi Golf and currently in the process of narrowing down an SUV replacement. All the usual candidates on the list but after sitting in the Ateca, it seems the perfect vehicle, or at least the one I immediately felt most familiar with.

The problem with other small SUV's is they only really make sense in small diesel format but as I now only travel 5000 miles per year, petrol is the way to go. Ateca solves that too. But because I can't find a 1.0 to test drive, would appreciate if anyone can answer the following:

1: Does anyone have a real mpg figure for the 1.0 on 17" alloys?

2: The little control knob thingy (changes driving modes?) below the gear lever - does that come on the 1.0 models? (dealer couldn't confirm but press photos look like it's missing).

3: Anyone been given a lead time from order to delivery on a 1.0 SE with several factory options?

4: Has anyone bought / used a DAB-FM module? (I'm guessing the garage will use a Connects2 system). What's reception like?

My last question refers to the rather confusing or should I say disappointing options SEAT have bundled with the car. I'm not really interested in Nav, don't much care paying extra for LED headlights, and in my experience 18 inch wheels spoil the ride and affect economy. So why waste money buying an SE Tech version!!!

A 1.0 SE would do us just fine but I can't understand why SEAT haven't equipped it with a DAB radio on a brand new 2017 car. They gave me two options - pay £575 for a Sat Nav which has DAB included or a standalone DAB which uses a FM frequency. (approx £200).

Charging over £100 for a flat boot floor seems silly too when everyone else includes it. The only other extras I'd have is metallic, winter pack and convenience pack.

Sorry for the long post, any help appreciated.
 

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Hi Datsun, garage salesmen told me the 1 litre engine is awesome to drive, but was'nt sure what the pull would be like with 4 passengers onboard so opted for the 1.4 as this did have great reviews on every website I tried, if that any help.
 

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Hi Datsun...

I actually ordered a 1.0 SE Tech, after test driving the 1.0 it didn't feel bad at all, however again like Taffy i read reviews chewed myself up and changed my mind and ended up going for the 1.4 Xcellence, as the spec is better. I wuld however have loved to of filled the test drive car with luggage and pasengers and see how it performed.

Seat had the 1.0 cars ready in port for me in the SE and SE tech models in just about any color i wanted for delivery within 4 weeks, however these didn't include factory fitted options, they were standard.

I'm now having to wait 4 months for the 1.4 Xcellence version, so i think its popularity speaks volumes about how good this model is.

The 1.0 does not have the Drive Select Knob by the gearstick, it instead has a small ducket for coins or a phone, this is only for the 1.4 and Upwards.

I have previously fitted a DAB FM Radio, sound quality is ok, but not excellent, reception was OK, but again not as good as factory fitted, and mostly the aerial is self adhesive on the windscreen(depending on how your dealer fits) but the most annoying part was changing the FM radio frequency as i travelled up and down the country, you may also have a small control box stuck on the dashboard.

I would say the Seat interiors are good, but you may really struggle to accept the interior of the basic model moving from VW to Seat?... the more you move thrugh the range the better they get...

Maybe Skip Metallic and Upgrade the Radio... ?... i know your dilemma... i scratched my head for weeks, and then changed my order!....
 

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The 1.4 is the sought after petrol engine. I suspect after a 2 litre diesel you might find a 1 litre petrol car under performs. Depends what you want.

I see some elements of the motoring press have started to do a job on the Ateca. Google Now threw up a not totally positive review by Express Newspapers today of the 1litre car.
 

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I would say the 1.0 pulls fine as long as you have realistic expectations.

I have been getting 30mpg in short sharp bursts in 20/30 mph areas. That's without trying to be careful. You can get 35-40 mpg if you are very careful, or have some 40mph roads.

Doing a steady 70 you can get 45-50mpg on the motorway.
 

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Many thanks for the replies, much appreciated.

99% of the time the car will be used with only one driver on board and there's already a 1.0 3 cyl in the family (albeit a small car) so my expectations re: performance are realistic. 3 cylinder turbo is like diesel in a way where the max torque is found lower in the rev range so the driving characteristics suit us just fine. My only concern is real-world economy where sometime a larger engine can be more economical.

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Hi Datsun, garage salesmen told me the 1 litre engine is awesome to drive, but was'nt sure what the pull would be like with 4 passengers onboard so opted for the 1.4 as this did have great reviews on every website I tried, if that any help.
Salesmen say lots of things, I tend to ignore them until they start discussing price. eg Salesman in 1st garage tried to tell me all Atecas come with LED headlights which according to SEAT's specifications, is rubbish. DRL's perhaps, but LED headlights are optional on S and SE.

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Hi Datsun...

Seat had the 1.0 cars ready in port for me in the SE and SE tech models in just about any color i wanted for delivery within 4 weeks, however these didn't include factory fitted options, they were standard.

I'm now having to wait 4 months for the 1.4 Xcellence version, so i think its popularity speaks volumes about how good this model is.

I have previously fitted a DAB FM Radio, sound quality is ok, but not excellent, reception was OK, but again not as good as factory fitted, and mostly the aerial is self adhesive on the windscreen(depending on how your dealer fits) but the most annoying part was changing the FM radio frequency as i travelled up and down the country, you may also have a small control box stuck on the dashboard.

I would say the Seat interiors are good, but you may really struggle to accept the interior of the basic model moving from VW to Seat?... the more you move thrugh the range the better they get...

Maybe Skip Metallic and Upgrade the Radio... ?... i know your dilemma... i scratched my head for weeks, and then changed my order!....
I too fear options may involve a factory order. I can live with the 4 weeks but 4 months is too near 1st April when tax goes up. I'd much rather pay £30 a year than £140 a year!

Apart from higher VED, my only concern over the 1.4 is the active cylinder technology. I've bought VAG group products for many years but some of their advanced technology has proved less than reliable (I'm thinking certain DSG boxes and that awful 1.4 turbocharged and supercharged offering). Not an issue when the car is covered by warranty but may require specialist (hence expensive) attention if anything goes wrong out of warranty. It's either 1.0tsi or their tried and trusted 1.6tdi for me.

I was going to buy a Tucson, but heading back to VAG for that very reason. There is nothing whatsoever wrong with the Tuscon interior, it's well screwed together but it really does feel plasticy. TBH there's little difference between the Golf and SEAT, or if there is I just tell myself the Tiguan is £4500 more! :lol:

Price isn't an issue so no need to skip metallic to afford Navgation but being a Scotsman... £525 for a DAB radio? that hurts and I won't see a penny of it when the car is sold on. Then again when you listen to football on 909MW and then on 5live digital, perhaps £525 is a small price to pay.

Thanks once again for everyones help.
 

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The Daily Telegraph rule of thumb in their Motoring Q&A a few weeks back was that the 1.0 litre was fine for 2 people, 4 you needed the 1.4 - that will be adults.
 

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I am getting too old to change my driving habits now, and I know that if I were to purchase one with a 1,0 litre engine, then I would continually be thrashing the life out of it!

Despite the long wait, I think I will be happier in the long term holding out for a 1.4 TSi... Especially when I compare the 0-60 mph times! :)
 

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Well gone from prospective to fully paid up (or rather deposit taken member). Finally got round to visiting a SEAT dealer with a 1.0tsi demo - had a drive in it today, perfect for my needs. Such a smooth and quiet engine. Only concern was MPG which is well down on my current car, but no worse than the 1.7tdi Tuscon and Sportage I looked at.

Had been expecting to buy a 66plate but couldn't source the right colour / min spec combo I wanted therefore build date is Feb with delivery in March - ie 17 plate which is a bonus. And still within the current VED rates and dealer / winter discount criteria. Well happy.

In an ideal world I'd have spec'd a winter pack and variable boot floor but that would have meant a delivery date after April 1st, in other words:

projected 3yr VED costs on car registered prior to April 2017 - 1st yr reg fee £0, 2 x VED 120g/[email protected] £30 a year - total £60
projected 3year VED costs on car registered after April 2017 - 1st yr reg fee £160, 2xVED 120g/km @ 140 a year - total £440 :eek:

I can live without heated seats and a DIY flat floor contraption beckons!

Wonder how many people realise just how much tax they're going to pay after April 1st?
 
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