Seat Atca: Why don’t Israelis attack it?

Atka, after Ibiza and Arona, is the best-selling model of Seat in Israel. Classic Gippon, orders of magnitude Peugeot 3008 or Skoda Karok. In fact, it is very similar to Karok, and indeed if you search the family tree, you will very quickly find that they are not only members of the same family, they also live in the same building, partners in the same apartment.

Seat models are usually made on Spanish soil, a matter of local pride, but the Volkswagen Group, the owner of the house, to cut costs, chose to produce the Atka in a factory in the Czech Republic, the same one that takes Karok off the production line. Why? Because they are almost identical twins.

The two share the same platform: 438 centimeters long (Karok’s wheelbase is 1.7 centimeters longer, but we will not go to the rabbinate for that), the same 1,500 cc turbo gasoline engine and 150 hp, and of course add an automatic transmission , Dual-clutch, seven-speed. Only the price tag is different.

The price of a Karok is NIS 154,000, while the Atka costs NIS 10,000 less. I was a bit offended by the theory I was trying to develop, according to which the Israeli driver is not a sucker. I thought it was going for the cheaper one, after feeling the upholstery and tire taste, but it turns out to be incorrect. When I checked the 2020 sales figures, I found that Makarok sold almost a thousand more vehicles than its cheaper brother from Spain.

With this database I set out to find out what makes the Atka lag a bit behind among the Volkswagen brothers. The short answer is “the subject is still under investigation.” There is no clear answer. After all, in terms of Atka’s appearance does not exceed the limits of conservatism, he remained true to the form that characterized him before the facelift, from which he recently returned. That will make you turn your head for him.

What we described is of course not bad, most of us are conservative by definition and Atka serves what we demand in orderly portions. After all, you know us, the Israelis, the spaces, the sizes, are important to us. That the price we paid will include as much tin as possible. Here you will find a respectable trunk with a volume of 510 liters, which is definitely suitable for an extended shopping basket. At least two passengers will be able to sit in the back seat, but the intention is that they will really have fun and enjoy large spaces, large windows, air vents.

The same is true for the driver and the person sitting next to him. They too will encounter a pile of comfort and great viewing angles. The seats were a little too stiff for my liking, but gave proper back support. What is most appropriate to say about Atka is that he very quickly moves from the exploration phase to the friendship phase.

Seat Atca (Photo: Manufacturer)

Atka is easy to navigate, not cumbersome with bombastic technology, or multi-button. Although at first it took me a few minutes to master the multimedia screen that was in the front, but when I realized who was against whom, it became a child’s play. In general, speaking of Atka’s instrumentation, already at the basic “Style” finish level, it is tiredly loaded with aids such as split climate control at the front, button movement, electric handbrake, plenty of sockets, folding side mirrors.

So apparently what distinguishes Atka and Karok is in the character the two transmit while driving. Yes, the same delicate calibration and tuning matters that went through the factory, because there should still be some reason for separation. Very quickly we realized that the character of Atka is energetic, biting, agile, even fun to drive. It makes its way from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.6 seconds, and in the process one can notice a quick gear change and a slightly frenetic atmosphere when asked to give a job.

These are not only the accelerations the vehicle delivers, but also the suspensions on the stiffer side of the scale, as a sporty-hued Jeep likes, as well as the engine noise and firm road grip. We will immediately emphasize that this is not a partner for breaking track records, but if necessary he will release the tie.
Atka, who has front-wheel drive, will drive on a highway, and if you just ask – will go down light trails. It is a family car that is in a highly sought after segment, so it also knows how to answer the question of safety, which first became on the questionnaire page.

The “Style” finish level I drove has a score of 5 in the safety equipment section. It enjoys adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking in an emergency and an active lane departure warning system, but it does not detect dead space vehicles, or braking while reversing. In the fuel department we saw more economical vehicles, we finished a test day with a liter of gasoline every 11.6 kilometers, given some fur against the background of the recent electric-hybrid-rechargeable period we are experiencing.

At the end of a round, on the occasion of leaving the quarantine, we returned to the basic question: Why is Atka still not a hysterical hit? The answer is not unequivocal. Atka costs less than most of its competitors and serves in one package everything we require: comfort, performance and a relatively low price. So maybe the answer lies in the herd feature. Those who think that if it is cheaper, then there is probably a reason for it. Believe me there is none.

Spare wheels

Did you wish good luck? The Ford Puma, the compact SUV (pictured below), came to us with the aim of adding a little more spice to the boiling market. Some data on the newcomer. The length of the Jeep is 420 centimeters, the Sereno distance is 259 centimeters, and the size of the trunk is 410 liters. Puma is equipped with a turbo-petrol engine with a volume of 1,000 cc, three cylinders, which knows how to provide 125 hp and its acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 10.2 seconds. Finishing levels when the basic price, titanium, starts at NIS 128,000, by the way, the name was not chosen for nothing, it is based on the original Puma, a sports coupe built on the basis of the mythological Fiesta.

Ford Puma (Photo: Manufacturer)Ford Puma (Photo: Manufacturer)

As for the compact SUV, Audi’s Q2 returns after a facelift. The so-called sporting touches in the design, with a wink to the geometry lovers among us. Why? Because you will get a new octagonal grille and air intakes in a pentagonal design. The Hexagon workers’ committee said he was injured. The German vehicle comes with a turbo gasoline engine with a volume of 1,500 cc, 150 hp, maximum torque of 25.5 kg and its acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes place in 8.6 seconds. Nice that you noticed, also from the Volkswagen family and a relative of Atka and Karok. Q2 will arrive in three trim levels, and its starting price will be NIS 190,000.

Continuing in the category of compact SUVs, but this time luxury is combined with electricity. The Lubinski company landed the DS3 Crossback in its electric version E-TENSE. Its length is 412 cm, its wheelbase is 256 cm, and its price is NIS 199,000. The French vehicle, which is very impressive in its internal and external appearance, knows how to produce 136 hp from its electric motor, its acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h takes 9 seconds, and its speed is limited to 150 km / h. According to WLTP data, it Can accumulate 317 miles before having to connect to the charger.Drive carefully, the road is snowy.

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