The Cupra Ateca drives like a hot hatch – it’s fast and fun. Fuel economy isn’t quite so impressive but if that’s what you’re after, look elsewhere for a sensible diesel
The combination of a 300hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive in the Cupra Ateca is a potent one. The car will go from 0-60mph in just 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 153mph. And that performance is relatively controlled thanks to the four-wheel drive. The engine is powerful enough to pull the car strongly whether you are setting off from the lights or easing past slower traffic on the motorway.
The flipside of that performance however, is of course fuel economy. Officially, the Cupra Ateca averages 38mpg but if you use the car to its full potential you won’t get particularly close to that – our test drives averaged in the mid-20s and up you might get up to 30mpg on a motorway run. But if you are interested in getting near to the official figures you’re in the wrong car.
Remember David Banner, the mild mannered doctor who turns into the Incredible Hulk? That’s your Cupra Ateca.
The Cupra Ateca comes as standard with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. You can also switch it to manual mode to shift ‘gears’ via flappy paddles mounted on the steering wheel.
The Cupra Ateca can be a comfortable cruiser, soaking up bumps with ease and going round corners with minimum of fuss. Your passengers will never know they are in a car that can beat many a hot hatch away from the lights.
But in a moment (or bit of pressure on the accelerator) the character of the car can completely change. It whooshes off at traffic lights, zooms around bends and, well, is a hoot to drive.
The change in character is highlighted by the various driving modes which you can change via a dial on the centre console. Comfort is David Banner – it tones down engine response and softens up the suspension.
Sport is when Hulk starts to turn angry, while Cupra mode is full-on greenman rage. There is an Individual setting to set the car up to your own tastes, as well as snow and off-road settings.
The DSG even has launch mode and the Digital Driver’s Display has a lap-timer so you’ve got the perfect track day car that can take you home via the supermarket for a weekly shop.
With all this power on tap, you’ll be glad to know the Cupra Ateca comes with a host of safety kit, including rear-cross traffic alert, blind spot detection, City Emergency Braking, Pedestrian Protection, Cruise Control with Lane Keep Assist and Tiredness Protection.