SEAT

SEAT CUPRA ATECA ESTATE 2.0 TSI 5dr DSG 4Drive [Design pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2197 g/km

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.

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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.

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.

Market and Model

CUPRA Ateca pricing starts from around £38,000 - or around double the cost of the humblest, most feebly-powered standard-model Ateca. Yes. And you can spend more. Go for the optional 'Comfort & Sound' pack' and you'll be paying a fraction over £40,000. There's an even plusher 'Limited Edition' variant with 'Copper' carbonfibre trimming elements for just under £43,000, which you can have with a rortier Akrapovic sports exhaust for £3,000 more if you're really determined to bolster the Cupra brand's bank balance. All versions do of course get the expected high levels of infotainment and connectivity, the 8-inch centre-dash touchscreen offering the latest generation of the SEAT 'Full Link' package which includes 'Apple CarPlay' and 'AndroidAuto' smartphone-mirroring. The system will also read out new text, Twitter and Facebook messages and let you dictate a reply. It's even got the capability to let you set up your own screen gestures to shortcut to your most popular commands. Plus there's a range of clever remote features accessible through a downloadable SEAT DriveApp. Other standard kit includes keyless entry and start, a wireless charger, a GSM signal booster for your 'phone, a 360-degree top view camera system, navigation and automated 'park assist' to steer you into space: all this comes as standard. Plus there's a fully digital instrument cluster - the brand calls it a 'Digital Cockpit' - which allows the driver to view all information that might be relevant, from classic analogue dials such as a speedometer and rev counter to full-colour maps and navigation.

Cost of Ownership

The CUPRA brand quotes a 32.5mpg combined cycle WLTP-rated economy figure and a 197g/km WLTP-rated CO2 reading, which is reasonable for such a high performance SUV. Residual values are a bit of an unknown. If the CUPRA brand takes off, they could strengthen nicely but for the time being, the market will tend to view this as merely just a very expensive Ateca. So buyers will need to be a bit brave. What else? Well CUPRA products get SEAT's usual three year/60,000 mile warranty. That's unexceptional when rivals like Toyota and Hyundai offer five years of cover as standard and Kia offers up to seven years. However, the CUPRA deal is extendable, so you might be able to negotiate on that. And it includes two years of Europe-wide roadside assistance.

Summary

In theory, the CUPRA Ateca makes sense. Combine the engine, gearbox and drivetrain of an acclaimed hot hatchback (in this case the VW Golf R) with the trendy, timely and practical body style of a compact mid-sized SUV. In practice though, you wonder whether all of this has been put together in a special enough way to justify the premium prices being asked here. The Spanish brand says that there's no other marque quite like it in the current market, which is true. But there are plenty of products that are quite similar, all from much better established nameplates. For all of that though, this Iberian contender represents something a bit different in its segment and that's refreshing. CUPRA reckons there's latin spirit in every one. And if you like the thought of that and you're willing to give something new a try, then this Ateca might well be an interesting option.

  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Dark tinted rear windows

  • Brembo brakes
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold control
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic stability control
  • Black brake callipers with CUPRA logo

  • CUPRA sport suspension
  • Dynamic chassis control

  • Voice control system

  • Rear view camera
  • Cruise control
  • Top view camera
  • Front assist city emergency braking and pedestrian protection
  • Self parking functionality (includes front and rear parking sensors)
  • Power assist steering
  • SEAT Drive profile CUPRA

  • RPM counter
  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto
  • Navigation system (incl. media system plus) - Dynamic route guidance feature with 3D Map display and 3D emblematic buildings
  • 9.2" colour touchscreen with proximity sensor
  • Digital cockpit
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Trip computer
  • Low fuel warning light
  • Digital clock
  • 'Lights On' Remainder warning buzzer

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Door mirrors with welcome CUPRA light silhouette

  • Chrome interior detailing

  • AM/FM radio
  • 2 additional USB ports in rear with storage net
  • DAB digital audio broadcast
  • SEAT USB media cable
  • 2 USB ports
  • High resolution colour driver display
  • SD card slot
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • 10 GB hard disk
  • Aux-in socket
  • 8 speakers
  • CD player

  • Black roof rails
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body coloured wheel arch extensions
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • High gloss black grille
  • Gloss black side window surrounds
  • Black grille surround
  • Armrest with air outlet in rear
  • Illuminated aluminium front door sill with CUPRA logo
  • Visible dual exhaust pipes

  • Rear fog lights
  • Auto headlights with automatic coming and leaving home function
  • Rear LED tail lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Full LED headlights

  • Dual zone climate control

  • Front cupholders
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Gear shift indicator
  • Adjustable front armrest with storage compartment
  • Storage box under drivers seat
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • Sports leather steering wheel + gearshift
  • Black roof lining
  • 12v socket in front
  • Frameless interior mirror
  • Four cargo rings in the boot

  • Ambient spot lighting and front footwell illumination
  • Multicoloured ambient lighting with LED interior illumination
  • Instrument lighting with brightness control
  • Rear reading lights
  • Illuminated boot
  • Front courtesy lights
  • Front reading lights

  • Convenience pack - Ateca

  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Active front headrests
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Twin Curtain Airbags

  • Driver and passenger seats, height-adjustable, with lumbar adjustment and height-adjustable headrests
  • ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
  • Rear armrest and easy back seat release mechanism from boot
  • Rear head restraints
  • Front seat back storage pockets
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Perimeter alarm with interior monitoring
  • Keyless entry and go and connectivity hub with wireless charger
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Central locking fuel filler cap
  • Power locking and remote control with two foldable keys and opening boot selector

  • XDS electronic differential lock

  • Driver and passenger sun visor, covered and illuminated mirror, driver sun visor with card holder

  • 19" Copper alloy wheels

  • CO2 (g/km): 168
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.029
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • 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

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 9.3:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92.8
  • CC: 1984

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • 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: 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: 8.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.9

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 33E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 93
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 60
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 300
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Design pack
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000

  • Engine Power - KW: 221
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5300
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 300
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.9
  • Top Speed: 152
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: Second Act

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: COPPER
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/40 R19

  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1615
  • Length: 4376
  • Width: 1841
  • Wheelbase: 2631

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1615
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2150
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 55
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 485
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 535
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.8

  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Panoramic sunroof includes advanced multicolour ambient light with LED interior light and illuminated glovebox: £1,060

  • Storage compartment in roof console for sunglass: Included
  • Front bucket seats in Alcantara upholstery: £1,665
  • Alcantara upholstery + sports seats: Included

  • Metallic - Nevada white: £0
  • Metallic - Rodium grey: £0
  • Metallic - Velvet Red: £0
  • Metallic - Crystal black: £0

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Tow bar pre-installation: £130
  • Tow bar pre-installation with hook: £705

  • Alcantara - Black copper stitching with sports seats: £0
  • A: £1,665

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Space saver spare wheel: £120

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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