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Welcome to my first ever car review. Yay! I’m that excited I want to start doing this on a regular basis – as a series (insert dancing gifs and monkey emojis). I’m serious – it’s so fun, thank you John Clark for the opportunity.
It’s no secret I love driving. I drive absolutely everywhere. To events, Edinburgh, busy Glasgow city centre (I know some people dread it), daily school runs and you know… everything else. I even love chatting to you lot sat in my car on Instagram stories – it’s like my second home as tiny as it is (I currently have a small Hyundai i10). As a family, we also LOVE going for a long drive away from Glasgow at weekends usually ending up somewhere gorgeous near Loch Lomond. For that we use my other half’s Jeep because you guessed it, my little car is not powerful or big enough for those long trips with all of us including the dog.
Until recently, car brands or any of their functions never really mattered to me. I’ve always said that as long as it takes me from A to B safely I’m happy. And in a way it’s true right? But this winter during “snow week” I’ve truly learnt how important it is to have a car that suits all the family needs and is actually drivable in all weather conditions. My little Hyundai just sat there all covered under the snow for a week. Poor thing. So yeah, naturally I started to find myself interested in bigger more powerful cars lately and someone seems to have read my mind. The lovely folk at John Clark Motor Group offered me to test drive one of their SEAT Ateca models last weekend and I blooming loved it. We all did. Read on…
WHO IS SEAT ATECA FOR?
We picked up our SEAT Ateca at John Clark’s Stirling dealership and must admit, the drive there and back was pretty awesome too. Our plan was to take it for a spin in the city on Saturday and try it out on the motorway and country roads on Sunday. As someone who is used to driving a small car in the city I wanted to see how I would experience SEAT Ateca on busy narrow streets of Glasgow City Centre. It is an SUV at the end of the day, and a although it feels super light to drive, it’s still a “tad” bigger than my little car. We also wanted to try out the “sport” function on our way to Loch Lomond on Sunday as this car is really designed to serve both – “the city girl / family” and the “nature lover” or “speed lover” shall I say? Shhh… Wink wink.
OK lets get right in to it. Below are the things that completely blew me away about SEAT Ateca model in both situations, but first, can we just say how beautiful it is? Chic, sleek, strong and I don’t know how SEAT did it, but it actually looks reliable too. Anyway, here we go:
* Keyless Entry & Go means I never had to take the car key out of the bag. I used my finger (I know) to open the car by pressing it down on the handle. I’m still amazed.
* Wireless Charger for my phone. Yesss! At last. AND USB plugs 😉
* Top View Camera (like a drone) and Park Assist – still blows me away. All you have to do is indicate what side of the street you’re parking and Ateca does the rest (and fast). I’m not too bad at parallel parking, but the precision is impeccable with Park Assist.
* Full Link / Street Smart means you can connect your phone to the audio system / dashboards and enjoy all the apps without ever looking down at your phone. Just leave it charging you know?
* Traffic Jam Assist – a sensor estimates the distance from other cars and controls the acceleration and deceleration whilst holding the vehicle in lane.
* Blind Spot Detector – a warning led light on the driver’s side mirror come on to notify me of cars approaching that I can’t see. I think this is fab for driving at night.
* Virtual Pedal under the boot – is an imaginary pedal that works by opening the boot of the car when you wave your foot under it. Ideal when you’re holding heavy bags, prams, babies…
SPORT / LONG DISTANCE / OFF-ROAD
* Sport function / setting – we used it on the motorway and it was amazing. Although this car is built for everyday, the engine is so powerful and at the same time efficient.
* Snow function / setting among many others like eco, normal, hills etc… As you can see it did snow last weekend (again) and we got to try out the “snow” function which would have been a life-saver during the “snow week” for many of us.
* 4×4 – did I mention that this SEAT SUV is also a 4 wheel drive? It automatically detects when the 4 wheels need engaged and works in manual “off road” setting too. Again – ideal for snowy and bumpy side roads.
* Sound System – the sound system is pretty awesome I must admit. Helps that it’s only my playlist that can be played as my phone was connected to the car, although Sasha did connect hers in the end too.
* Build-in Navigator – everyone needs one and I sometimes argue with Google Maps Lady, so this was less stressful.
* Off-road Capabilities – Ateca can go uphill as high as 60 degrees and downhill as low as 70 degrees. You can set the the speed and the car will just keep going taking you up or down safely. Incredible.
There are so many other amazing features that I loved about SEAT Ateca. It’s truly designed for safe everyday busy routines as well as off-road drives. It looks classy, feels confident and at the same drives so perfectly in all weather conditions in every situation. Would you want to give it back after a test drive? 😉
If you’re interested in SEAT Cars and love the sound of Seat Ateca SE, I’d try and get a test drive booked asap. Or pop by your nearest John Clark dealership – the guys are so friendly and enthusiastic you’ll have loads of fun. There’s more info on their website about their Seat Ateca New Car. Prices start from £17,990.
Hope you enjoyed this little review and here’s to more?! What car shall we review next? 😉
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