Seat has launched Cupra as its performance sub-brand, and the first product it released is a version of the Ateca SUV.
Labelled the Cupra Ateca, without any mention of Seat’s name, it’s a serious contender in the compact segment, one that’s a bit faster than the entry-level Porsche Macan.
And it’s easy to see why, as it has the same engine, gearbox and four-wheel drive system as the Volkswagen Golf R. But unlike the hot hatch, the increased ground clearance and extra weight make it less fun on twisty roads.
There’s some body lean, too, according to WhatCar, who traveled to Barcelona to test drive the Cupra Ateca.
As they point out, there’s a delay between turning the steering wheel and the car actually changing direction. On the bright side, the punchy turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pushes out 300 PS (296 hp / kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque makes it pretty fast, as it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 5.4 seconds and hits top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph).
This isn’t a full-blown review of the performance compact crossover, but rather a ‘Top 5’ things to know about it. So, should you consider one? Click and find out.