Used test: Audi SQ2 vs Cupra Ateca verdict

Buy either of these two sports SUVs at 18 months old and you'll save plenty of money, but which one should you go for? We have the answer...

New Audi SQ2 vs Cupra Ateca

Our verdict

With these two sharing so much under the skin and being a roughly similar price to buy here you’d think this test might be pretty close. 

In fact, we’d have no hesitation in going for the Cupra Ateca. It’s the superior sports SUV to drive and to ride in and perhaps inevitably it has a more spacious interior. That it costs a fraction more at this age wouldn’t put us off either. 

That’s not to say the SQ2 isn’t a likeable car, though, and it’s both plusher inside and boasts that premium badge. If you bought one we think you’d be very happy with it, but if you were looking for a little more sporting dash with your SUV we think you’d be happier still in the Ateca. 

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1st – Cupra Ateca

Cupra Ateca rear studio

For Impressive composure; relatively comfy ride; roomier rear seats; accurate steering
Against Bland interior; hot hatches are more fun to drive

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

Audi SQ2 rear studio

For Fractionally cheaper to buy; better infotainment system; plusher interior
Against Less passenger space; smaller boot; more expensive to run

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Audi SQ2 TFSI quattro S tronic

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Power 296bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 4.8sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 33.2mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 159g/km


Specifications: Cupra Ateca 300 

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol
Power 295bhp
Torque 296lb ft
0-60mph 4.9sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 34.0mpg (official average)
CO2 emissions 168g/km


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