Cupra Ateca review

Category: Sports SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

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RRP from£39,050

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Given the Cupra Ateca’s humble roots, its asking price seems pretty lofty. What's more, there’s no doubt that if you just want something fast, fun to drive and fairly practical, you’ll get better value from any number of conventional hot hatches, our favourite being the Honda Civic Type R.
 
But if you want speed, acceleration and excitement packed in an SUV silhouette, the Cupra Ateca is actually your cheapest option, slightly undercutting both the Audi SQ2 and Volkswagen R-Roc R.
 
Parent company Seat’s PCP deals are competitive, too. And resale values should be strong, if not quite as good as those of the SQ2 and T-Roc R.
 
While you might be surprised not to see an even bigger price gap between the Cupra Ateca and Porsche Macan, it’s worth bearing in mind that the former comes much better equipped as standard. Keyless entry and start, adaptive suspension, digital instrument dials and a self-parking system all feature, so the only thing we’d recommend paying extra for are the optional bucket seats .

The Seat Ateca, on which the Cupra is based, scored five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test, and automatic emergency braking is standard.
 
There are two optional packs. Comfort & Sound adds an upgraded sound system, several additional safety aids, heated front seats and an electric tailgate, and is worth considering. Rather less compelling is the Design pack, which adds different (albeit the same size) wheels, Brembo brakes and a black interior styling pack.

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Cupra Ateca

Overview

The Cupra Ateca gives you huge performance and impressive practicality for a reasonable price. However, the closely related Volkswagen T-Roc R costs similar money and is even more fun.

  • Cheap by performance SUV standards
  • Just as practical as a regular Seat Ateca
  • Very well equipped
  • Expensive compared with many conventional hot hatches
  • So-so interior quality
  • Engine could sound fruitier

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