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Cupra Ateca long-term test review

Cupra is a new brand and the Ateca its first model, yet it's already our favourite sports SUV. How will it fare as family transport? We have four months to find out...

Cupra Ateca long-term test review
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What Car? team
21 May 2019 10:00

The car Cupra Ateca 300 Run by Alastair Clements, special contributor

Why it’s here The Ateca is leading the new wave of sports SUVs that are taking the fight to the traditional hot hatch, so we’re keen to find out how it fares in a long-term relationship

Needs to Lay the groundwork for the new Cupra brand with thrilling performance while retaining the qualities of a practical SUV


Price £35,900 Price as tested £37,830 Miles covered 5920 Official economy 38.2mpg Test economy 25.6mpg Options fitted Comfort and Sound Pack (£1930) Contract hire £355 Insurance group 33 Typical insurance quote £865


21 May 2019 – A classic in the making?

Launching a new brand from scratch can’t be easy, and the fact that I haven’t yet seen another Cupra Ateca on the road might suggest that parent firm Seat is finding it tough. Yet this is clearly a car with appeal; on several occasions, I’ve had strangers come up to me in supermarket car parks to ask what it is and what it’s like.

Among the car enthusiast community, the word appears to be getting out. It helps that the Cupra name is familiar from hot hatches of old, but I was surprised to find the Ateca turning heads when I took it to a classic car show. I even found a car-mad youth photographing it – despite it being parked near a Ferrari!

Cupra Ateca long-term test review

If it’s to be a classic of the future, I’ll need to keep the Ateca smart. And here I’m grateful for its grippy Pirelli P Zero tyres, because their pronounced sidewall ‘shoulders’ protect the fabulous but kerb-prone diamond-cut 19in alloy wheels from unwanted scuffs.

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