Cupra Ateca

Cupra Ateca 2.0 TSI 300PS DSG 4Drive £40k est. WE SAY: CUPRA GOES IT ALONE WITH A QUICK CROSS­OVER

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What’s this?

Cupra’s first solo ef­fort since un­dock­ing from the Seat mothership – it’s now a brand in its own right, not just a boot badge for fast ver­sions. So Cupra comes first, then the model name. But while Cupras swap the Seat badge for one re­sem­bling a du­bi­ous tat­too, un­der­neath the new ve­neer you’ll still find adrenalised ver­sions of reg­u­lar Seats. In this case, the Ateca, the com­pany’s best-sell­ing cross­over.

What’s it pack­ing?

It gets the fa­mil­iar 2.0-litre TFSI – you know, the one from any other fast VW Group thing – mak­ing 296bhp and 295lb ft. Top speed is 152mph and 0–62mph takes 5.4 sec­onds. There’s 4WD, DSG, adap­tive dampers, a be­spoke ex­haust and op­tional four-pis­ton brakes.

How does it drive?

Like a hoiked-up hot hatch. Imag­ine a Golf R with a lit­tle more roll, a lit­tle less pace and a dol­lop more weight. The four-pis­ton Brem­bos are worth op­tion­ing, as are the bucket seats. In­ci­den­tally, the 19-inch al­loys are the big­gest the Ateca can ac­com­mo­date, mean­ing a fair-size cat could have a happy af­ter­noon’s kip in the gap between tyre and arch.

What’ll it cost?

Prices are TBC, but it’ll be sold in Europe for around €41,000. On the one hand, that’s £40k+ for a hot hatch with the ap­peal of an SUV (for com­pa­ra­ble speed and power from any other medium-sized SUV, you’re look­ing at over £50k for a Porsche Ma­can S or an Audi SQ5). On the other hand, it’s £40k+ for a Seat with an iffy new logo.

Should I?

The Ateca is neatly engi­neered and com­pe­tent. The big ques­tion is whether you buy into the whole Cupra sub-brand enough to stom­ach spend­ing 40 grand or more on a re­badged Seat cross­over, no mat­ter how well it drives. Iron­i­cally, you can’t help feel­ing the Cupra badge had more of a re­bel­lious streak when it was a go-faster suf­fix, rather than the so-say in­de­pen­dent en­tity it is now. In seek­ing a new iden­tity, Cupra has by­passed a lit­tle per­son­al­ity.

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