Equally, as well as boosting front- and side visibility – we’ve lost count of the number of SUVs that are blighted by huge A-pillar-mounted mirrors – the Ateca’s aerodynamically sculptured door-mounted mirrors generate extremely low levels of noisy turbulence.
Inside, the Ateca’s dash is almost a facsimile of the Leon hatchback's
, with its mixture of fast-reacting touch-screen infotainment system, clear graphics and classy-looking instrumentation. The driving position is typical Volkswagen Group, so you get plenty of adjustments, for both the seat and steering wheel, so most folk should have few issues setting up a comfortable perch.
That said, the Ateca’s rising waistline and elevated door trims mean little 'uns sitting in the back will struggle to see out. There’s also a sense that those relegated to the back row are sitting in the cheap seats, as the cabin plastics don’t feel as plush as those up front. At least there’s loads of leg- and elbow room.
A fair bit has been made of the fact that the Ateca misses out on the sliding rear bench that’s found in the rear of the new Tiguan. For us, though, it’s a sacrifice we’ll happily accept, given the Ateca’s significantly cheaper list price; and, besides, the Ateca’s rear seat backs split and fold to create a fairly substantial load area that will be more than enough to cope with most folk’s daily requirements.