Seat Cupra Ateca

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CUPRA ATECA ESTATE - 2.0 TSI 5dr DSG 4Drive



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Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
CUPRA ATECA ESTATE
2.0 TSI 5dr DSG 4Drive
PETROL
£36,110.00
CUPRA ATECA ESTATE
2.0 TSI 5dr DSG 4Drive [Comfort + Sound pack]
PETROL
£38,065.00
CUPRA ATECA ESTATE
2.0 TSI 5dr DSG 4Drive [Design pack]
PETROL
£39,490.00
CUPRA ATECA ESTATE
2.0 TSI 5dr DSG 4Drive [C+S Pack + Design pack]
PETROL
£41,325.00

Ten Second Review

CUPRA is a name you might be familiar with, but not as a brand in its own right. It used to be merely a badge adorning fast SEATs. Now it's been launched as a stand-alone marque and its first product is this mid-sized SUV, the CUPRA Ateca. With 300PS from a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, it packs a decent punch.

Background

For years, we've been told that Spanish maker SEAT is a kind of 'Iberian Alfa Romeo'. In the CUPRA though, it has an automotive brand with a much more credible claim to that description. You'll probably know the name, but only as a sporty trim designation that goes back to 1996, since when it's been used on a whole string of Ibiza and Leon hot hatches. Now, SEAT wants CUPRA to mean more, creating, in its words, 'a range of unique, sophisticated performance models designed to captivate car enthusiasts.' This of course is just a starting point; no fewer than seven CUPRA models will be available through the freshly formed CUPRA dealer network by 2021, including the bespoke design that will effectively replace this car, the CUPRA Formentor. The idea, says the company, is 'to create cars not founded in nostalgia but rooted in the present'. Presumably, that's meant to be a dig at directly competing brands like Alfa Romeo and MINI, both of which produce products this CUPRA Ateca sets out to directly target: namely, quick, charismatic petrol-powered mid-sized SUVs, cars that offer a lot of what you get in, say, a Porsche Macan for a great deal less money. That sounds an interesting market niche. Can this car fill it? Let's find out.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
168
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
256
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
196
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
174
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
198
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
197
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
199
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
197
NOx
0.029
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders
4
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Number of Valves
16
Camshaft
DOHC
Fuel Delivery
TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
FRONT TRANSVERSE
Compression Ratio
9.3:1
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
Gears
7 SPEED
CC
1984
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
82.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
92.8
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
31.7
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
43.5
EC Combined (mpg)
38.2
WLTP - MPG - Low
25
WLTP - MPG - Medium
32.5
WLTP - MPG - High
36.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High
32.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb
32.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
34
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
32.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
31.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
11.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
8.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
8.9
General
Generation Mark
1
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
33E
Badge Power
300
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Safety Concerns?
False
Coin Description
TSI
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
60000
Performance
Engine Power - KW
221
Engine Power - RPM
5300
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
295
Engine Torque - NM
400
Engine Torque - RPM
2000
0 to 62 mph (secs)
5.2
0 to 62 mph (secs)
4.9
Top Speed
153
Top Speed
152
Engine Power - BHP
300
Engine Power - PS
True
0 to 60 mph (secs)
False
Engine Torque - MKG
40.8
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Wheel Style
EXCLUSIVE
Tyre Size Rear
245/40 R19
Tyre Size Spare
TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type
19" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
245/40 R19
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Wheelbase
2631
Length
4376
Width
1841
Height (including roof rails)
1615
Weight and Capacities
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
485
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.8
Minimum Kerbweight
1540
Minimum Kerbweight
1615
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
55
Gross Vehicle Weight
2150
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
2100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Max. Loading Weight
610
Max. Loading Weight
535
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Driving Experience

In terms of the engineering behind this car, there's nothing we haven't seen before in a Volkswagen Group model, but the CUPRA engineers credit themselves with bringing all the various ingredients together in a form never previously seen in one of the Wolfsburg conglomerate's SUVs. The elements in question include a 300PS 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine borrowed from the VW Golf R, a seven-speed DSG gearbox, a Haldex four-wheel drive system and stiff, strong modular MQB architecture. Dynamic Chassis Control adaptive dampers are also standard-fit and there are six driving settings, including a choice of 'Comfort', 'Sport' or max-attack 'CUPRA' driving modes. This car sits 10mm closer to the road than an ordinary Ateca and uses retuned springs and dampers along with big 19-inch wheels, so the ride quality will inevitably be firmer than that of a standard Ateca model but of course body control and corner turn-in will be of a different order too. It's satisfyingly rapid, rest to 62mph occupying 4.9s en route to 152mph flat out.

Design and Build

We like the performance styling; dialled up a bit over an ordinary Ateca, with big 19-inch rims filling the extended arches. But not too 'Max Power'. The same is true inside, where CUPRA Ateca buyers enjoy part-leather sports seats, Alcantara on the doors, textured mouldings and leather on the steering wheel. It's not quite enough to disguise the many cheaper plastic mouldings that betray this car's humbler origins, though the designers have done their best, liberally using high-gloss black trim and chrome embellishment. There's plenty of technical sophistication too, with a now-upgraded 9.2-inch centre-dash display and a 10.25-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. The Ateca is one of the smallest mid-sized SUVs you can buy, so you shouldn't expect too much in terms of rear seat space. Actually, a couple of adults can be accommodated quite comfortably, though there are no seat sliding or seat back-reclining features to make occupants a little more comfortable. Out back, because this is a four-wheel-drive Ateca, it has a slightly shallower boot than some of its range stablemates, but one that's still a reasonable size at 485-litres. The boot is accessed by a standard powered tailgate (one of those you can activate by waving your foot beneath the bumper) and will easily swallow a couple of big cases and a pushchair.
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