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21 CUPRA Ateca 2.0 TSI VZ1 5dr DSG 4Drive

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Cruise control system with speed limiterCUPRA drive profile - Normal, Sport, CUPRA and Individual modes, steering/throttle response, gearshift mode, sound actuator and dynamic chassis contro
Digital cockpitOutside temperature gauge
Progressive power assisted steeringRear view camera
Self parking functionality (includes front and rear parking sensors)Top view camera
Trip computerWireless phone charger

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

CUPRA sport suspension 

Entertainment

Beats audio systemSteering wheel mounted audio/phone controls

Exterior Features

Body colour bumpers with dark aluminium diffusorBody coloured wheel arch surrounds
Dark tinted rear windowsDaytime running lights
Door mirrors with welcome CUPRA light silhouetteDynamic headlight range control with self adjusting whilst driving
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrorsFront and rear electric windows
Front grille frame in chromeFull LED headlamps with lens and LED front fog lamps with cornering function
Gloss black door mirrorsGloss black roof rails
Gloss black side mouldingsGloss black side window trim
Illuminated aluminium front door sillLED rear tail lights with dynamic indicators
Rear fog lightsRear spoiler
Rear wash/wipeSpecific CUPRA design front bumper
Visible twin black exhaust pipes in both sides with dark aluminium diffuser 

Interior Features

12v socket in front60/40 split folding rear seat
Aluminium pedalsDual zone climate control
Front and rear head restraintsFront bucket seats in Alcantara upholstery
Front centre armrestFront seat back storage pockets
Heated steering wheelHeight adjustable driver and passenger seat with lumbar adjustment
ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage pointsLeather steering wheel and gear knob
Multicoloured ambient lighting with LED interior illuminationRear armrest and easy back seat release mechanism from boot
Steering wheel mounted gearshift paddlesStorage compartment in roof console for sunglass
Storage compartment under driver's seat 

Packs

Convenience pack - AtecaInterior lighting pack - Ateca
Navigation system plus pack with DAB - Ateca 

Passive Safety

3x3 point rear seatbeltsABS, Traction control system (TCS), Electronic stability control (ESC) and Electronic differential lock system (XDS)
Airbags - Driver and front passenger airbag with deactivation, front side, two curtain and driver's knee airbagsBlack brake callipers with CUPRA logo
Electric parking brake with auto hold functionFront and rear seatbelt reminder
Front assist with autonomous emergency brakingHill hold control
Tiredness recognition systemTyre pressure monitoring system

Security

AlarmKeyless entry
Locking wheel boltsWireless full link smartphone integration
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

NOx0.02Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb201WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max215
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min201WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High193
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High173WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low289
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium199 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1984Compression Ratio9.3:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)92.8
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears7 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb8.9WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max9.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min8.9WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High7.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low12.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium8.8WLTP - MPG - Comb31.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max29.7WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min31.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High32.8WLTP - MPG - High36.7
WLTP - MPG - Low22.1WLTP - MPG - Medium32.1

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power300
Coin DescriptionTSICoin SeriesVZ1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0730EVehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)4.9Engine Power - BHP300
Engine Power - KW221Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5300Engine Torque - LBS.FT295
Engine Torque - MKG40.8Engine Torque - NM400
Engine Torque - RPM2000Top Speed155

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear245/40 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleSPORTWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1599Height (including roof rails)1613
Length4386Wheelbase2631
Width1841 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)55Gross Vehicle Weight2170
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)485Max. Loading Weight619
Max. Towing Weight - Braked2100Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight1551No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

CUPRA Ateca

No one else in your street is likely to have a CUPRA Ateca. But should you, could you, want one? Jonathan Crouch drives it.

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.

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.

Performance
70%
Handling
80%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
50%
Equipment
80%
Economy
60%
Depreciation
40%
Insurance
50%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£514
Deposit£514
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate5.18%
Cash price£38,295
Credit amount£35,281
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£15,965.19
Total amount payable£43,661.19
Cupra deposit£2500
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.4p per mile
Representative APR5.2%
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