Why Spanish Design Is Leading Europe’s Automotive Industry


Robert Barry discovers the stylish Spanish SUV, SEAT’s Ateca FR 4Drive.

Not many people know that Spain is the automotive manufacturing powerhouse in Europe.

SEAT is one of seven brands which produces cars for export across the globe.

Designed and manufactured in Barcelona, the 2-litre Ateca FR 4Drive mid-size SUV brings
Spanish flair and European quality to a competitive Kiwi market segment.

Starting from just $39,990+ORC (for the 2-wheel drive variant) the Ateca FR offers a commanding driving position, ample boot space for golf clubs and easily accommodates five passengers in the cabin.

It’s an attractive looking vehicle that’s very well equipped for the price, particularly the LED
headlamps and 18-inch alloy wheels. The specification includes active cruise control, 360-degree bird’s eye camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sat-Nav, remote opening tailgate, keyless entry, keyless stop/start, and dual-zone climate control.

Sporty bucket-style heated front seats clad in Alcantara provide comfort and warmth for those colder morning trips to the club, while the leather-clad steering wheel and gear shifter provide further tactility and a feeling of luxury in the well-designed quality interior. The touch screen for the infotainment system is simple and intuitive to use (great for the less-technologically savvy golfer in all of us).

But it’s on the road where the Ateca’s Spanish heritage comes to the green. The turbocharged 140Kw/320Nm petrol engine is a willing and eager performer and sends its power to the on-demand four-wheel-drive system through a seven-speed automatic.

Much like kiwi roads on the way to your local club, there are some gnarly roads in Spain, and this results in the Ateca FR 4Drive offering a smooth comfortable ride when you want it, yet with its secure handling in tight corners, drivers will be delighted by the excellent steering feel, that gives you more of a sports car feel than an SUV.

All-new SEAT Ateca FR comes with a 5-year factory warranty, 5 Star NCAP Safety Rating, and 5-years Roadside Assistance. Head down to your local SEAT dealership to test drive your new Ateca FR today!

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