“The Cupra Ateca is an completed efficiency SUV at a tempting value”
It says so much for the growing recognition of SUVs that Cupra, newly established as a standalone model, ought to launch a sporty model of the SEAT Ateca as its first automobile.
There’s technique within the insanity – dalliance in such a well-liked a part of the market may shortly set up Cupra as a revered identify, having beforehand been reserved for go-faster variations of the SEAT Ibiza and SEAT Leon household hatchbacks.
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What’s extra, a real high-performance SUV is one thing of a world-first at this value level – the Skoda Kodiaq vRS is carefully associated beneath the floor however it’s far much less highly effective than the Cupra, whose turbocharged, 296bhp 2.Zero-litre petrol engine permits a Zero-62mph time of simply 5.2 seconds.
Its 153mph high velocity is probably much less related however signifies the appreciable potential that lurks below what is kind of a discreet physique. Solely a sporty bodykit, distinctive alloy wheels and Cupra badges distinguish it from the SEAT Ateca, but someway the 2 really feel very completely different behind the wheel.
Sporty Alcantara suede seats and a Cupra steering wheel badge assist to set the temper, however the actual distinction comes if you discover a twisty street. With 4Drive four-wheel drive and 5 selectable driving modes, you will discover the Cupra much more responsive than you’d ever imagine an Ateca could possibly be, and all with out affecting its day-to-day suitability as a household automobile. In case you can forgive 38.1mpg as best-case gas financial system, the Cupra Ateca stays a cushty, sensible five-seater, and its 485-litre boot is just a shade smaller than in a front-wheel drive Ateca.
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Primarily distinctive and with no direct rivals, the Cupra Ateca is a really tempting package deal. Nevertheless, earlier than you make the leap, take into account whether or not its further energy and dealing with prowess justify its increased buy and operating prices in comparison with the already succesful SEAT Ateca, the quickest variations of that are nice to drive in their very own proper.