New Audi SQ2 vs Cupra Ateca

The Cupra Ateca is so good that it won our 2019 Sports SUV of the Year Award. Now Audi has used the exact same mechanicals to produce the SQ2...

Audi SQ2 side

Buying and owning

Costs, equipment, reliability, safety and security

With sports SUVs being rather a hot commodity at the moment, it should come as no surprise that neither Audi nor Cupra is offering a discount. That means the cars are separated by just £1275, which isn’t a whole lot in this price bracket.

That small disparity remains steady over three years; the Ateca costs fractionally less to insure, service and fuel, while the SQ2 holds its value slightly better. The result is that the SQ2 will cost cash buyers roughly £650 more over 36 months of ownership.

Cupra Ateca side

Most will opt for PCP finance, mind you, but here we’re again talking small differences; with a £5000 deposit and a 10,000-mile annual limit, the Ateca costs just £22 less per month than the SQ2. 

The pair are almost inseparable when it comes to safety, too, with five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings. They protect adults almost equally well (very well, that is), but the SQ2 protects children slightly better.