Living with a... Cupra Ateca

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First published: 23rd July 2019
Month one: Good clean family fun?
Mileage: 1100
Costs: £0

It’s a motoring question that’s as old as motoring itself: with your choice of car, you can have fun, or you can have a family, but is it really possible to have both at the same time?

Well, I’m hoping that the next six months with the Cupra Ateca is going to prove that you can. Cupra? Surely I mean Seat, right? Well, no, not exactly. If you hadn’t heard, Seat’s performance arm has now branched out on its own to become a new brand in its own right, and the Ateca SUV is its first offering.

That should give it a good start in fulfilling the family duties necessary over the next six months. Even among other mid-size SUVs, it’s a pretty roomy car. In fact, the regular Ateca was recently voted by Auto Trader audience as the Best Car for Families in our 2019 New Car Awards. That should mean that it’ll suit my little family - consisting of Felix (5) and Bess (3) - down to the ground.
And as somebody who enjoys the thrill of driving, I’m hoping that the Cupra treatment will also make the car suit me down to the ground. Beneath the bonnet lies the same 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that you find in the fire-breathing Volkswagen Golf R, producing a mighty 300 horsepower. This – plus the standard four-wheel drive and twin-clutch automatic gearbox - makes this family-friendly SUV capable of cracking the 0-62mph dash in just 5.2 seconds, before racing on to a top speed of 153mph. Just the job.

If I’m honest, my first impressions of the car’s performance were a tiny bit underwhelming, as it didn’t feel anywhere near as fast as the official figures suggested. Then I realised that the car was dropped off with just 75 miles on the clock, and that the engine needed to loosen up a bit before its proper performance potential could be reached. And I’m happy to report that, now that we’re a few weeks down the line and the Cupra has a few hundred more miles under its wheels, there’s now a lot more sizzle in the way it accelerates.

I won’t lie; I’m rather looking forward to this…
Key specs:
-Model: Cupra Ateca 2.0 TSI 300 4Drive DSG
-List price: £35,915
-Price as tested: £35,915
-Engine/gearbox: 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo petrol, seven-speed twin-clutch automatic
-Power: 300 horsepower
-Top speed: 153mph
-0-62mph: 5.2 seconds
-Economy: 33.6-34.0mpg
-CO2/BIK tax liability: 168g/km/34%
-Boot space: 485 litres

Extras fitted to our long-termer: None

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