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If you’re looking at pictures of the Cupra Ateca sports SUV and wondering why it looks like a Seat Ateca with a badge like a superhero logo, we can explain.
Just as Citroën and Fiat have sub-brands for special models and derivatives (under the skin, an Abarth 595 is actually a Fiat 500, for example), Seat decided a few years ago to create Cupra for its performance models. The Ateca was the first model to wear a Cupra badge and it made an impact right out of the gate.
To keep the Ateca fresh in the face of those upstarts, Cupra has given it a facelift. There are no truly performance-enhancing alterations, sadly, but it does benefit from a bunch of eye-catching cosmetic improvements. They include a more aggressive rear diffuser, full LED headlights, a new front bumper, a sportier honeycomb grille and some copper-coloured exterior highlights as standard.
So, what else does the new-look Cupra Ateca get, and does it make the best use of all the upgrades? Read on through this full review to find out the answers, along with everything else you could possibly want to know – including what the performance is like, how it compares with main rivals and what it's like to live with.
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It should do. The Cupra Ateca is predicted to depreciate more slowly slower than rivals including the Audi SQ2 and VW T-Roc R. Read more here
Yes. Every Cupra Ateca comes with the 4Drive all-wheel drive system. Despite the power on offer, the system does a good job of ensuring that you gain traction in all weather conditions. Read more here
We don’t have reliability data for Cupra, but parent company Seat placed toward the middle of the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey, claiming 15th out of the 32 included manufacturers. Read more here
No. There’s only one engine choice available and it doesn’t feature any kind of electrification. If you want a hybrid car, you might want to consider the Cupra Formentor. Read more here
With an official 0-62mph sprint of 4.9sec and a top speed of 153mph, it's no slouch. In fact, those figures are comparable to the BMW X2 M35i, VW T-Roc R and even the Porsche Macan GTS. Read more here
|RRP price range||£42,725 - £48,530|
|Number of trims (see all)||3|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||31.7 - 31.7|
|Available doors options||5|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£3,042 / £3,471|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£6,084 / £6,943|