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Updated Cupra Ateca gets more go and extra kit

SEAT’s performance arm updates its take on the Ateca SUV following standard model’s facelift.

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The facelifted Cupra Ateca has been revealed, introducing new technology and styling tweaks to bring it in line with the freshly updated SEAT version.

The Spanish manufacturer recently revealed a mid-life facelift for the Ateca, and now its performance arm has shown how these updates apply to its version.

Chief among the changes is a new-look exterior that looks similar to the outgoing model but with sharper, more sporty lines. There’s also full LED headlights, fog lights and rear lights, dark trim pieces and a quad-exit exhaust.

The standard alloy wheels are 19-inch units in black or silver, with a copper choice available at extra cost, wrapped around 17-inch brake callipers. However, you can upgrade your stopping power with 18-inch Brembo performance brakes available at extra cost.

Much like the outgoing car, the new Cupra Ateca gets Alcantara-clad bucket seats, while the steering wheel gets a microsuede trim. The dashboard and door panels are both dark aluminium with copper stitching.

The instrument cluster is a ten-inch all-digital system, while infotainment comes from a nine-inch touchscreen, which includes a new voice recognition technology. There are also four USB-C ports in the cabin for fast smartphone connection.

Performance comes from a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 300hp and 400Nm of torque, with all-wheel-drive contributing to a sub-five-second 0-60mph time, about three-tenths quicker than before.

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Darren Cassey
Darren Cassey
Articles by Darren Cassey are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.