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SEAT ATECA MAKES WINNING DEBUT IN AUTO EXPRESS NEW CAR AWARDS

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SEAT ATECA MAKES WINNING DEBUT IN AUTO EXPRESS NEW CAR AWARDS

The new SEAT Ateca has opened its honours account in style, claiming the Best Crossover title on its first appearance in the Auto Express New Car Awards.

SEAT’s first SUV signalled its quality by seeing off competition that included some of the best sellers in what has become a pivotal part of the market, including the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai and  Renault Kadjar. The result puts down a valuable marker for the Ateca’s all-round appeal, as the model progresses towards its hotly anticipated arrival in UK showrooms in September.

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: Leon (previously a three-time winner) in the Compact Family Car class, Leon ST in Estate, Leon CUPRA 290 (another returning title-holder) for Hot Hatch and the new Alhambra for MPV.

Commenting on the Ateca’s success, 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 Ateca in the first UK road test 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.”

Richard Harrison, SEAT UK Director, said: “This is a fantastic result for Ateca and adds to the great momentum that it’s developing as it nears showroom launch, including the 13,000 members of the British public who have already stated their interest in buying one. The award is testament to what an enticing all-round package Ateca is, as a desirable, high-tech, stylish and well-built SUV it is, in this ever burgeoning part of the market.”

VAUXHALL ANNOUNCES INSIGNIA GSi PRICING

VAUXHALL ANNOUNCES INSIGNIA GSi PRICING

Posted on: 4th Jan 2018

Following its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, Vauxhall has announced the prices for the all-new Insignia GSi, the performance variant of Vauxhall's flagship model. Available in both Grand Sport and Sports Tourer body styles, and powered by either a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol or 2.0-litre BiTurbo diesel engine, the Insignia GSi wil...

ALL-NEW HYUNDAI KONA ACHIEVES MAXIMUM FIVE-STAR EURO NCAP RATING

ALL-NEW HYUNDAI KONA ACHIEVES MAXIMUM FIVE-STAR EURO NC...

Posted on: 4th Jan 2018

Hyundai Motor's All-New KONA has received the maximum five-star safety rating from the independent vehicle assessment organisation Euro NCAP. This result marks out the new B-SUV as one of the safest vehicles in the segment, convincing in all four categories: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist.

SEAT SELLS OUT OF LEON CUPRA R UK ALLOCATION

SEAT SELLS OUT OF LEON CUPRA R UK ALLOCATION

Posted on: 4th Jan 2018

The recently released Leon CUPRA R has proved a UK smash-hit, with all 24 destined for these shores snapped up in super quick hot hatch time. The limited production run of just 799 examples, combining a raft of technical upgrades with sophisticated styling and a premium finish, has hit on a seriously appealing 'R' formula.

VIVA ROCKS THIS CHRISTMAS WITH VAUXHALL

VIVA ROCKS THIS CHRISTMAS WITH VAUXHALL

Posted on: 22nd Nov 2017

Featuring a raised ride height with body cladding, a robust new interior and the latest connectivity including OnStar and R 4.0 IntelliLink, Vauxhall's rugged VIVA ROCKS is available to order now priced from £11,530 on-the-road. The new model features many design cues typically found on larger SUV models, such as an increased ride hei...