If it wasn't for the copper-coloured Cupra emblem in the middle of the steering wheel, you could also almost be driving a regular Seat Ateca.
In many ways, that’s no bad thing; the driving position is excellent, the standard digital instrument dials are clear, the dashboard is user-friendly and visibility is reasonably good in all directions, and is boosted by the 360deg bird’s-eye-view camera that comes as standard.
The optional bucket seats (available to order from mid-2019) deserve a special mention, because they hold you in place really well through tight twists and turns while still proving comfortable on longer jaunts.
However, some might wish for a little more colour and visual stimulation, and the quality of the interior, while perfectly acceptable in a £25,000 family SUV, is a little underwhelming when you factor in this performance variant's significantly higher asking price.
The 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system is mostly easy to get your head around and comes with loads of gadgets as standard, including a wireless phone charger with signal booster, sat-nav, a DAB radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.