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CUPRA ATECA REVIEW (with videos) – The first car from SEAT’s new CUPRA brand

It’s the end of October and we’ve travelled over to the roads of Barcelona to drive the first ever car from the new CUPRA spin-off brand from SEAT.  Before we get into the review let’s recap on the features of the car.

Engine and gearbox

The CUPRA Ateca takes the popular Ateca from SEAT and puts a fire under the bonnet in the form of the four-cylinder 2 litre TSI Petrol engine producing 300PS of power and 400Nm of torque.  Combined with 7 speed DSG transmission and an all-wheel-drive system the car reaches 60mph in 5.2 seconds.  The CUPRA Ateca’s top speed is 153mph.

The seven-speed gearbox is newly engineered to provide faster, smoother and more precise changes than previous sporty models produced by SEAT.  The car also has launch control for those that want it.

Chassis

The car has independent front suspension and a multilink rear, with SEAT’s adaptive suspension system as seen in the Leon CUPRA, known as “Dynamic Chassis Control”. The car features the following modes “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Individual”, “Snow”, “Off-Road” and “CUPRA”.

The 4Drive system offers all-wheel drive that adjusts in real-time to road conditions, the speed of the car, steering position and driving mode.   As mentioned above it helps provide the necessary traction to get the car off the line in a quick time.

The CUPRA Ateca also features an upgraded braking system with 340mm discs at the front and 310mm at the rear.  You can also specify the Performance Pack option that comes with 18” Brembo brakes.

Exterior Styling

The well-known honeycomb styling from previous SEAT CUPRA models has translated over to the new CUPRA brand and this can be found on the front grille, at the centre of which is the new CUPRA logo. Gone is any sign of SEAT badging, which is to be expected.

The CUPRA name is written into the lower grille in matt aluminium, reminiscent of the “Quattro” lettering seen on high-performance Audis.

Elsewhere on the exterior gloss black is used on the mirrors, side mouldings, wheels, front grill and both front and rear diffusers.  The rear of the car features a set of quad exhaust pipes and of course another CUPRA badge in copper at the centre of the boot.

The car is available in the following colours “Energy Blue”, “Velvet Red”, “Brilliant Silver”, “Rodium Grey”, “Black Magic” or “Nevada White”.

Interior

From opening the door you will be greeted by illuminated CUPRA door sills.  The CUPRA logo is featured on the steering wheel, the gear knob, as well as being embossed on the floor mats.

The pedals as to be expected are aluminium and the cabin features more gloss black touches around the dash frames and the central console.

The car features a digital dashboard as well as the 8-inch touchscreen as seen in the newer SEAT models as an option.

The sports seats are upholstered in Alcantara, in black with copper stitching, a carbon fibre effect can be seen on the sides, the same as the facelifted Leon CUPRA.

As expected, the car features Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

As standard, you also get Keyless Entry, Wireless Charger, Signal Booster, a 360 degree top view camera and park assist.

Thoughts on the car

Watch the following videos to find out what we thought of the car and to find out more.

Ordering and pricing

The car is available to order now and costs £35,900 with the additional pack costing £3345 which gets you the bronze wheels, and Brembo brakes.

The first 7000 customers will receive a limited edition welcome gift in the form of a CUPRA member box made from real carbon fibre.  Included inside will be a carbon fibre CUPRA key cover, and a carbon fibre CUPRA bracelet.

Photo gallery

A big thank you as ever to the team at SEAT for having us over for the launch.

Did all the Press cars have bucket seats and the Brembo upgrades? It's difficult to know what to spec when the only reviews done seem to have been made in versions with all the options ticked!

Also, if you had to pick a colour (that dreadful battleship grey aside) what would you pick? Personally I think only Rodium works with the copper highlighted wheels but the red does look nice in some pictures.
 

X3RN

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I'm personally a massive fan of the Cupra Ateca! Keep on seeing it and for the sorts of hobbies I do, it would be the perfect car! Big enough to carry bikes etc and fun enough to have it as a bit of a toy!
 

Billyray911

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Did all the Press cars have bucket seats and the Brembo upgrades? It's difficult to know what to spec when the only reviews done seem to have been made in versions with all the options ticked!

Also, if you had to pick a colour (that dreadful battleship grey aside) what would you pick? Personally I think only Rodium works with the copper highlighted wheels but the red does look nice in some pictures.
I think that the rodium is the only colour that I would spec,however I do like the red.
I really like the bucket seats but it seems that they won’t be available in the uk.If you want to see what the standard sport seats look like,have a look at the recent Auto Express review.
 
I really like the bucket seats but it seems that they won’t be available in the uk
I live in Spain and they're an option here. Having looked at them both (via the steady stream of videos appearing) I think I prefer the standard seats, plus it sounds like they allow a bit more rear leg room.

Spent yesterday afternoon at my local SEAT dealer trying to find out what I could. Seems like they're building a first batch to a particular spec and they're in White or Blue. All with the Brembo brakes, copper/diamond cut wheels, DAB, alarm and panoramic roof options. No real idea on delivery times but they seemed confident it would be 10 weeks. There were some hefty discounts being bandied around too :thumbup:

I think we have more control of spec than is currently being suggested for the UK. I provisionally spec'd Rodium, copper wheels, Brembos, panoramic roof, black interior bits, Beats audio. No real need for the winter pack and leather just gets hot and sticky in the Summer. Now waiting to hear back from them about finance options, confirm the discount and timescales
 
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Billyray911

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I live in Spain and they're an option here. Having looked at them both (via the steady stream of videos appearing) I think I prefer the standard seats, plus it sounds like they allow a bit more rear leg room.

Spent yesterday afternoon at my local SEAT dealer trying to find out what I could. Seems like they're building a first batch to a particular spec and they're in White or Blue. All with the Brembo brakes, copper/diamond cut wheels, DAB, alarm and panoramic roof options. No real idea on delivery times but they seemed confident it would be 10 weeks. There were some hefty discounts being bandied around too :thumbup:

I think we have more control of spec than is currently being suggested for the UK. I provisionally spec'd Rodium, copper wheels, Brembos, panoramic roof, black interior bits, Beats audio. No real need for the winter pack and leather just gets hot and sticky in the Summer. Now waiting to hear back from them about finance options, confirm the discount and timescales
Thanks for that update-keep us posted on how you get on please!
 

perelaar

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Test drive and ordered our Cupra Ateca last week. Without bucket seats, as they are very limited in the way you can adjust them. Example, no adjustable lumbar support. Standard seats felt exactly like the seats in our current Leon ST FR. We did spec leather interior though, not convinced by the standard seats in alcantara/fake leather combi.

As for colour: red. Since - at least here in Belgium - it seems everyone already drives a black or grey car. We did a test ride with a red Cupra Ateca, and really liked the colour. Saw the rodium grey in reality, and we did not like it. It seems all press/internet pictures, especially the ones from Cupra itself, are heavily edited. Instagram effect, anyone?

The test car was indeed equipped with the Brembo brakes, nice feel to them, plenty of stopping power. But: they cannot be combined with spare wheel (an absolute must for us), and I have doubts on reliability. The dealer unofficially advised us not to take the Brembo brakes for a daily driver, as a carwash or deep pool on hot brakes might be enough to warp the discs. Seems to be a recurring problem on sporty Audis as well...
 
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Signor Whippy

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Does anybody know or can find out how many Cupra Ateca's have been sold? It looks like there are only 500 in the UK? And are people receiving the limited edition gift pack with their cars?
 

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Does anybody know or can find out how many Cupra Ateca's have been sold? It looks like there are only 500 in the UK? And are people receiving the limited edition gift pack with their cars?
I think the limited edition gift pack was only for the first 600 worldwide or something. As part of the CupraCare package (which is standard) you get a snazzy carbon fibre Cupra bracelet and a carbon fibre key cover...