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Cupra Ateca

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Cupra Ateca

(2018 - present)

    Summary


    The Cupra Ateca is a performance version of the regular SEAT Ateca, and the first car to be branded as a stand-alone Cupra model. It is still sold and serviced from selected SEAT dealerships, but the performance is far superior to the regular SEAT versions.

    Fundamentally, this is still a SEAT Ateca underneath, so size and interior layout are identical – as are the safety systems and overall Euro NCAP safety rating. Sales, servicing and warranty matters are also handled through the SEAT dealer network. Future Cupra models are expected to diverge more visibly from the SEAT range, although it may be a while before stand-alone Cupra dealerships start popping up.

    The Cupra Ateca has received generally good reviews from performance-oriented motoring sources, which have praised its impressive performance for the money and for its rather unique proposition in the marketplace. The main criticisms are its almost unknown brand name and rather uninvolving driving experience compared to similarly-priced hot hatches.

    A facelifted model was announced in summer 2020, in line with an update to the sister SEAT model. This included some minor styling tweaks and upgrades, and the revised Cupra Ateca arrived in the UK at the end of the year.

    As of June 2022, the Cupra Ateca holds an Expert Rating of 66%, based on a total of 21 different reviews published by the UK media.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium SUV/crossover
    Engines: petrol
    Price: From £41,070 on-road

    Launched: Summer 2018
    Last updated: Autumn 2020
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: June 2016
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 93%
    Child protection: 84%
    Vulnerable road users: 71%
    Safety assist: 60%

    The Cupra Ateca shares its safety rating with the regular SEAT Ateca range, as it’s fundamentally the same car.

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of June 2022, the Cupra Ateca has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    Reliability rating

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    As of June 2022, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Cupra Ateca to generate a reliability rating.

    The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the Ateca, we’ll publish the score here.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Cupra Ateca has received

    2019

    • What Car? Awards – Best Sports SUV
    • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Sports Car of the Year

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    Cupra AtecaThe Cupra Ateca has received generally good media reviews, which have praised its impressive performance and unique proposition in the marketplace.