Cupra Ateca review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Introduction

Cupra Ateca 2021 front tracking
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  • Cupra Ateca 2021 interior dashboard
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 interior rear seats
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 interior infotainment
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 front tracking
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 right tracking
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 rear right tracking
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 interior front seats
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 boot open
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 front tracking
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 rear cornering
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 interior dashboard
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 interior rear seats
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 interior infotainment
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 front tracking
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 right tracking
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 rear right tracking
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 interior front seats
  • Cupra Ateca 2021 boot open
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Introduction

What Car? says...

If you’re looking at pictures of the Cupra Ateca and wondering why it looks like a Seat Ateca wearing a badge that resembles some sort of superhero logo, we can explain.

Just as Fiat and Citroën 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, including 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 these upgrades? Read on through this full review to find out the answers along with everything else you could possibly want to know – including how it compares with main rivals and what it's like to live with.

If you decide to buy one, or any other new make and model of car for that matter, remember that the free What Car? New Car Buying service could help save a small fortune – it features some mouth-watering Cupra Ateca deals.

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £441
Target Price from £39,718
Save up to £441
or from £417pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £40,000
Leasing deals
From £359pm
RRP price range £40,105 - £45,480
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) £2,864 / £3,262
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £5,728 / £6,524
Available colours