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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol
Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Sporty yet practical family crossover

Best bits

  • Almost as much fun as a ‘proper’ hot hatch
  • Superb cabin build quality
  • Just as versatile as the standard SEAT Ateca

Not so great

  • Fairly rare - making it difficult to find a used bargain
  • Thirsty, especially if you’re heavy with the throttle
  • You’ll get more enjoyment out of a Civic Type R

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Cupra Ateca Exterior

Overall verdict

Cupra Ateca Interior Side

On the inside

Cupra Ateca Front

Driving

Cupra Ateca Side

How much does it cost to run

Cupra Ateca Dashboard

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"This might look like a SEAT Ateca with a funny badge but it’s actually the start of something new. The Spanish car manufacturer has launched its performance sub-brand, Cupra, as an entity in its own right"

Cupra Ateca Exterior

The first car to be launched under the Cupra name is the Ateca. It’s essentially a SEAT Ateca with a 300PS 2.0-litre petrol engine from the Volkswagen Golf R along with racing spoilers, diffusers and quad exhaust pipes. If you want a family crossover SUV with attitude, this is it.


You’ll be pleased to hear its bark is as aggressive as its bite. With four-wheel-drive and a DSG automatic transmission as standard, the Cupra Ateca will hurtle to 62mph in just 4.9 seconds - just as fast as a ‘proper’ hot hatch like the aforementioned Golf R.


And it’s not just in a straight line where the Cupra Ateca’s quick. It devours corners for fun, with next to no body roll and an extraordinary amount of grip. You almost have to re-calibrate your mind as to how well a car as high as this can take bends.


It’s the Cupra Ateca’s versatility which really impresses. When you’re in the mood for punting your family wagon down a winding road, it’s almost as refined as the standard Ateca. It’s an excellent motorway companion and a heap of standard tech (including a birds-eye-view camera) means it’s a doddle to drive and park around town.


While the interior doesn’t feel as classy as the BMW X2 M35i’s, it feels well made. A standard touchscreen infotainment system and digital dials make the Cupra Ateca feel modern, while sporting touches such as the suede-like Alcantara seats and shiny aluminium pedals give it a sporting edge. 


It’s practical too, with plenty of space in the back for kids and a big boot. It’s in terms of practicality where the Cupra Ateca comes into its own compared to hot hatch rivals and even premium alternatives like the Audi SQ2.


The Cupra Ateca proves you can have your cake and eat it. It’s a practical family crossover SUV that’s perfectly happy cruising on the motorway or bimbling around town. There’s plenty of space in the cabin and standard equipment levels are generous. When you’re in the mood, it’s quick and fun to drive - although you’ll soon pay for it in fuel bills.


The biggest issue with the Cupra Ateca is it sells in relatively small numbers. That means you’re unlikely to find one rocking up on your neighbour’s driveway, but finding a bargain on the used market might be difficult. That Cupra badge is more appealing than a SEAT, and as such you’ll pay for it.


If you're looking for the standard version, you need our SEAT Ateca (2016-) review.



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SEAT Cupra Ateca

2.0 TSI 5dr DSG 4Drive

  • 2020
  • 5,283 miles
  • Caffyns SEAT Tunbridge Wells
  • Kent, TN23EL
Price:£32,995
PCP: £423.62/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £423.62, Customer Deposit: £4,949.00, Total Deposit: £4,949.25, Optional Final Payment: £17,830.00, Total Charge For Credit: £4,610.95, Total Amount Payable: £37,605.95, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8.38ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

SEAT Cupra Ateca

2.0 TSI 5dr DSG 4Drive

  • 2019
  • 8,465 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Specialist Cars SEAT Dundee
  • Angus, DD24SU
Price:£27,500
PCP: £355.45/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £355.45, Customer Deposit: £4,125.00, Total Deposit: £4,125.00, Optional Final Payment: £14,770.00, Total Charge For Credit: £3,835.75, Total Amount Payable: £31,335.75, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.86%, Excess Mileage Charge: 8.38ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Cupra Ateca right for you?

If you want a hot hatch but need the practicality of a family crossover SUV, the Cupra Ateca is the choice for you. It’s not quite as exciting to drive as its hot hatch rivals, but it still corners immensely well and has an incredible turn of pace. It’s also very versatile - not only has it got room for all the family, but it’s also very good at covering long distances in comfort. The biggest issue is the Ateca’s running costs - you’ll struggle to see 30mpg unless you drive very sensibly.

What’s the best Cupra Ateca model/engine to choose

You don’t get much choice in the Cupra Ateca range, although we think the optional Comfort and Sound pack is a desirable feature. This adds things like a premium Beats sound system, a space-saver spare wheel, adaptive cruise control, electric tailgate and heated front seats.


The Design pack, meanwhile, adds a few aesthetic touches like 19-inch copper alloy wheels, Brembo brakes and black interior styling. This was dropped from the range in 2020.


If you want to be the envy of other Cupra drivers, look for one of the special edition models. Those fitted with the Akrapoviç exhaust system sound noticeably lairier than the standard car.


What other cars are similar to the Cupra Ateca?

While there are a few hot crossovers on the market, there’s nothing quite like the Cupra Ateca. The Volkswagen T-Roc R is probably the closest rival, sharing the same platform and  engine - although it’s a bit smaller and not quite as practical. Audi’s take on the hot crossover is the Audi SQ2 - which is also smaller than the Ateca - while BMW offers the X2 M35i. You could also consider practical hot hatches like the Skoda Octavia vRS or the Volkswagen Golf R - both of which are also sold as estate models. 

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Cupra Ateca Interior Side

On the inside

Cupra Ateca Front

Driving

Cupra Ateca Side

How much does it cost to run

Cupra Ateca Dashboard

Prices, versions and specification