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Double win for SEAT at What Car? Tow Car Awards 2021

  • SEAT Leon wins ‘Up to 1400kg’ category at What Car? Tow Car Awards 2021
  • SEAT Ateca also awarded top spot within ‘1550–1699kg’ group
  • Both models praised for stability, control and enjoyability of driving

At the What Car? Tow Car Awards 2021, SEAT has won two awards with victories for the SEAT Leon and SEAT Ateca. The Leon won first place in the ‘Up to 1400kg’ category, whilst the Ateca triumphed in the ‘1550–1699kg’ group. 

The all-new SEAT Leon, with a strong design evolution and even greater practicality, has a suite of powertrain technologies. With petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid to choose from, buyers can find the vehicle that most closely matches their lifestyle and needs, while at the same time providing the efficiency and performance sought by customers who use their vehicle for towing.

Steve Huntingford, Editor at What Car?, said: “Stability is the most important thing when towing, and it can be in short supply when a car is light. However, despite being one of the lightest and most affordable models tested this year, the Leon punches well above its weight, pulling a caravan straight and true at 60mph and beyond. Meanwhile, our practicality testers were impressed by the neatly installed retractable tow ball – not a feature you expect from a car at this price.”

Meanwhile, the SEAT Ateca brings a new dimension to the mid-size SUV market; the perfect match for urban and country life, offering a spacious, practical and versatile SUV with a unique style.

It was praised by What Car? for its punchy diesel engine combined with 4WD and a smooth-shifting DSG-auto gearbox for easy progress with a caravan in tow.

Commenting on the Ateca’s win, Steve said: “Towing also comes easily to the Ateca. Its 2.0 TDI 150PS engine has all the pull you might need to handle any sensibly matched caravan. And even when cruising at the UK towing limit the Ateca feels in complete control.”

 “A real bonus is how enjoyable to drive both cars are when they don't have a caravan on the back, given that most tow car drivers will spend far more time in everyday driving than towing.”