Parkers overall rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4

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

Petrol engines 3.5 - 3.8 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
  • Economy not great if you enjoy yourself
  • No fuel-saving tech
  • Servicing at a normal SEAT dealer

What are the running costs?

When testing the Cupra Ateca we saw a wide spread of economy. On a cross-country blast with a bit of dual carriageway thrown in, we struggled to get over 27mpg, yet a long motorway run at a steady 70mph and rarely going over 2,000rpm we saw more than 40mpg.

We’d expect sensible driving with the odd grin-inducing outburst to result in low-30s economy overall. Fuel tank capacity is 55 litres, which is enough for a range of about 350-400 miles, depending on the restraint of the driver’s right foot.

There is no fancy fuel-saving tech on this car beyond the conventional stop-start system; it’s powered by a straightforward 2.0-litre turbo petrol with four cylinders and has all-wheel drive – neither thing known for maximising efficiency. Cupra offers other models if you do want a greener conscience: the Formentor SUV comes as a plug-in hybrid, while the Born is a 100% electric car.

View detailed mpg and CO2 figures on our Cupra Ateca specs pages

Servicing and warranty

Service intervals for the Cupra Ateca are every 12 months or 10,000 miles. You can add an optional Cupra Care monthly subscription that covers the cost of servicing and maintenance – and gives you a two-year warranty extension. Insurance can be included at further cost.

The standard Cupra Ateca warranty is for three years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes sooner.

Reliability

  • Shares parts with other VW Group cars
  • Feels built to last inside
  • Ateca range has not been faultless

On face value, the Ateca looks and feels like it should last a long time. It seems well built, and its mechanical components are all found in several other cars from the Volkswagen Group.

That doesn’t mean it’s all perfect though. A quick scan of an Ateca owners’ forum shows a number of people complaining, though mostly about minor faults.

The main SEAT Ateca range has been the subject of several recalls so far, and these seem to imply some issues with build quality on the production line. There’s been nothing too severe to worry about but if you’re buying used, do make sure all the necessary recall work has been carried out.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £165 - £520
Insurance group 30 - 33
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