Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 5.1 - 5.6 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 29.7 - 32.5 mpg
  • Powerful petrol engine means average fuel economy 
  • Emissions par for the course for a performance hatch/SUV
  • Servicing will be done at a normal SEAT dealer

As there's just one engine in the Cupra Ateca, all versions return between 31.7-32.5mpg on the latest WLTP figures - varying as they depend on which of the optional packs you go for (if any). 

During our time of testing, we saw an indiacted 27.8-32.5mpg on a mixture of roads that were mainly done on the motorway. The former figure was achieved on a particularly blustery day, but this is typical of a car of this size with this engine and power.

Fuel tank capacity is 55 litres, which is enough for a range of about 350-400 miles on a full tank - depending on the restraint of the driver's right foot, of course.

In terms of CO2 emissions, the Ateca emits 168g/km, which is what you'd expect for a car with this performance. It's only slightly higher than the equivalent Leon ST Cupra, but as this figure is based on the older NEDC system, we wouldn't surprised if this rises once it gets retested.

The car will need servicing every 12 months and 10,000 miles, but the car comes with a Cupra Care package as standard. This takes care of servicing and maintenance for the first three years of the car's life, as well a brake fluid change, roadside assistance and the first replacement of pollen filter, front brake pads and wiper blades. 

Is it reliable?

  • Mechanical parts used in several other VW Group products
  • Should be a reliable car to own, with solid build inside
  • Comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty 

On face value, the Ateca looks and feels like it should last a long time. Everything looks and feels solid and well-built, while the mechanical components used are all found in several other cars from the VW Group. That doesn't mean it's all perfect though - the SEAT Ateca has been the subject of several recalls so far, with a couple in 2019 relating to one of the front seat frames and the engine producing insufficient torque. There hasn't been anything too severe to worry about, while the Cupra version is such a simple range, it may not even be affected.

Plus, if you're buying a used example, the recall work will have been carried out so it shouldn't be something that's likely to crop up again. As standard, the Ateca comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155 - £490
Insurance group 30 - 33
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