Can The New Cupra Ateca Be Considered A Cut-Price Porsche Macan?

The new Cupra Ateca is the first model that was launched by Seat’s standalone Cupra brand.

The oily bits will not surprise you, as they have been widely used on a number of models within the VW Group. Under the bonnet lies the EA888 2.0-liter turbo-four, sending its power to all four wheels via a (standard) seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The main figures are 300 PS (296 hp) between 5,300rpm and 6,500rpm, and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque from 2,000 to 5,200 rpm. Cupra claims a 0-62 mph (100km/h) in 5.2 seconds, thanks partially to the standard launch control system, and a top speed of 153 mph (247km/h).

Considering the Cupra Ateca tips the scales at 1,632kg (3,597lbs), the straight-line performance is pretty impressive.

The chassis has been updated with specially tuned adaptive suspension, while the Dynamic Chassis Control gains an additional driving mode, fittingly named Cupra, as the most aggressive of the lot. Customers will also be offered an optional Performance pack, which includes goodies such as bigger brakes and bucket seats.

But the big question still remains: does the new Cupra Ateca offer an involving and fun driving experience? Let’s see what Steve Sutcliffe from Auto Express has to say.

 

  • Christian

    Kinda like “sayn that the Audi TT is the discount version of an Bosxter..

    • Bash

      Despite all the wrong things you’ve mentioned and said here in your comment, you are actually right and I agree with you. lol

    • TheHake

      But it is. Except it isn’t.

  • So they made it an SUV for better visibility out and then lowered it to be more sporty? Makes perfect sense.

    • Matt

      Still higher than a hatchback even when lowered, so the visibility benefit isn’t lost.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        Still higher than a hatchback, so the handling ability is lost.

        • Matt

          I wouldn’t say the handling is ‘lost’ – it won’t be as good as a hatchback but it’s still above average for the vehicle that it is, which is what matters to buyers.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    In a nutshell. NO. It has the typical anonymous look of Audis turned into SEAT cars that were then given the name “CUPRA”. While some SEAT cars make sound sense, this does not.

  • Dennis James

    Hahahahaha! :))

  • TheHake

    Compromise… of course it will not be as quick as a hatch, but of course a hatch can’t hold as much inside as this. So if you DO need more size inside, but want some sportiness, this is perfect.

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