Cupra’s first model, the Cupra Ateca, comes to the market with 296 horsepower, a new seven-speed DSG transmission, all-wheel-drive system, and it even has an Otto Particulate Filter System to combat those pesky emissions. This is the first model from the Cupra brand now that it has split away from SEAT, and it will be followed by models like the Cupra Arona, Cupra TCR race car, and the Cupra Ibiza.

What is the Difference in Performance Between the Cupra Ateca and the SEAT Ateca?

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The Cupra Ateca can hit 100 kph (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds and tops out at 245 kph (152 mph).

The Cupra Ateca comes to the market with 296 Horsepower compared to the maximum 187 horsepower offered by the same engine in the SEAT model. Both use TSI direct injection and a DSG seven-speed transmission, however, Cupra is said to have revised the gearbox for smoother, faster shifts, and more precise gear changes. Both the Cupra and SEAT models have 4Drive AWD and, while both benefit from multiple drive modes like “normal,” “sport,” “snow,” and “offroad,” the Cupra Ateca gets a special “CUPRA” mode that unlocks better engine response, engine sound, and adjusts the adaptive suspension for sportier handling. The Cupra Ateca can hit 100 kph (62.1 mph) in 5.4 seconds and tops out at 245 kph (152 mph).

Does the Cupra Ateca Look Different Than the SEAT Ateca?

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For the most part, the Cupra Ateca and SEAT Ateca are nearly identical outside. Both models even have the same grille styling and mesh. The Cupra Model gets the same mesh inside the corner vents of the front fascia (as opposed to fog lamps) while the lower lip of the Cupra model has been revised to include the Cupra logo and an extra intake in either corner. The side mirrors are finished black as opposed to the SEAT model’s body coloring. In the rear, the two models are differentiated by a revised rear fascia. The Cupra Ateca gets a diffuser-like element with twin, dual exhaust outlets.

Does the Cupra Ateca have a Different Interior Design?

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The base interior design of the Cupra Ateca is carried over from the SEAT model, however, it’s the little things that separate the two design-wise. The Cupra Ateca is upholstered primarily in Alcantara, with the seats and door trim panels being the primary recipients. The door sills of the Cupra Ateca also feature an illuminated logo while the steering wheel is wrapped in leather and perforated. The steering wheels, gear shifter, and seats all get grey contrast stitching. There are also aluminum pedals and aluminum frames around the air vents and A/C controls, while the infotainment system features updated software with a Cupra logo and performance page as seen in the image above.

What are the Standard Features of the Cupra Ateca?

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The Cupra Ateca is focused around merging technology and safety

The Cupra Ateca is focused around merging technology and safety. As such, it receives a keyless entry and start system, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a digital instrument cluster. Other features, generally left as optional equipment on the SEAT model, include a wireless charger, GSM Signal booster, 360-degree top-view camera, adaptive suspension, and park assist.

What Optional Features are Available for the Cupra Ateca?

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The Cupra Ateca can be equipped with the “Performance Pack,” a package that includes 18-inch Brembo brakes with a black finish. There’s also a “Carbon Fiber” pack for the exterior that includes a carbon fiber spoiler and mirror caps. Finally, the Carbon Fiber Interior Pack will give you a carbon fiber dashboard with leather seats. Cupra bucket seats will be available sometime in mid-2019.

How Much Does the Cupra Ateca Cost?

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Pricing has yet to be announced as of February 2018, but with the SEAT Ateca XCellence topping out at around $44,000 at current exchange rates (2-22-2018,) the Cupra Ateca will likely carry a base price somewhere in the $50,000 to $55,000 range.

Should I Buy a Cupra Ateca instead of a SEAT Ateca?

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You should buy a Cupra Ateca if you’re in the market for a compact crossover with decent performance. If you’re not looking from the benefit of having 296 horsepower and slightly more aggressive looks, or aren’t worried about having leather and Alcantara inside, then you’re probably better off going with a SEAT-branded model.

References

Seat Ateca

2016 Seat Ateca High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the standard 2017 Seat Ateca.

2016 Seat Ateca X-Perience High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Ateca X-Perience Concept.

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