The Ateca has won its first honour by topping the best crossover category at the 2016 Auto Express New Car Awards. The brand’s first SUV had strong competition from rival models such as the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar.

Graham Hope, Editor of Auto Express, 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.”

Richard Harrison, Director of SEAT UK, added: “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.”

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