fox news - Triple review of Audi Q2, Ford Kuga and Seat Ateca?
For some, maximising the ‘sport’ bit of the SUV is all. They’re drawn to such cars because they’re practical, spacious and good over all terrains, but adding in a big set of alloys and hip-hugging seats is also deemed an essential.That’s why Seat has now launched a suitably racy FR version of its Ateca five-seater, a car that doesn’t only look sharper, but has more responsive steering to give it a crisper feel on the road.To find out how it fares, we’ve tested it against two similarly sharpened rivals, the Audi Q2 and Ford Kuga.All three have mainstream turbo petrol engines, so don’t expect hot hatch performance.Even so, the Audi isn’t bad, with an 8.0 second 0-to-60mph time, one closely matched by the Seat. They share the same engine and both offer smooth acceleration if you don’t let the revs drop too low.They contrast with the Ford, whose same-power and slightly larger engine is nevertheless more lethargic. It doesn’t feel all that sporty – and its tall body also leans the most in corners.The Ford instead rides the best of the trio at slower speeds, showing where its emphasis lies.The Seat underlines its eagerness through the corners, with excellent steering and a real feeling of confidence.Saying that, the Q2 is actually the most agile, helped by the fact it’s the most hatch-like of the trio here, sitting just a few centimetres above the Audi A3 it’s based upon. It is, however, the only car here with a ride that at times borders on uncomfortable.Inside, none of them are particularly sporty-feeling, even the FR-branded Seat and S Line-designation Q2.The Audi has the best interior quality, but its margin of superiority isn’t enormous, while the Kuga is a real let-down, feeling like a car half the price.You sit lowest in the Q2, but all three models have good driving positions. We though the Seat’s seats were the most supportive, and the Kuga’s were the spongiest and least sporting.In the rear, the Q2 is perhaps unsurprisingly the tightest – you can get tall adults in there, but only just.The Ateca is much more spacious, beating even the Kuga here; the advantage in rear kneeroom is pronounced, although the Ford is the only one with rear seats that recline by a few degrees, making it comfier for snoozing passengers. No car has sliding rear seats.As for boot space, It’s the Seat again that leads the way, with the Q2 predictably lagging.It’s all shaping up nicely for the Seat, particularly when you clock the fact list prices are generally around £2,000 less than the others. That’s before discounts, though: just a little shopping around on the Ford will soon get you some eye-opening savings.You’ll have no trouble halving the Ateca’s advantage – needless to say, it’s almost impossible to get a discount on the Audi.The Q2 is also still worth the most after three years, although it’s the Seat that has the lowest rate of depreciation. This makes it the cheapest model overall to own; the Kuga costs significantly more than the others because its engine is