Parkers overall rating: 3.4 out of 5 3.4
  • Cupra retains regular Ateca’s practical interior
  • Plenty of space for a family and luggage 
  • Useful extra storage areas throughout

How much space is there?

Being based on the SEAT Ateca means the Cupra is off to a good start when it comes to practicality. In the front, there’s plenty of headroom and a good amount of adjustment in the seats for both occupants to get comfortable for a long journey. 

Move to the back and space remains generous – legroom is particularly good considering the Ateca is fairly compact on the outside, while headroom is plentiful, too. It can feel quite dark due to the black headlining, but an optional panoramic sunroof can brighten things up a little. At a push, three adults will fit across the rear bench, but it’s best as a place for two adults to sit comfortably.

Boot space and storage

At the back of the Cupra Ateca you’ll find a powered tailgate that reveals a sensibly-shaped 485-litre boot.

That’s smaller than the regular SEAT Ateca’s 510-litre load bay, but that’s because Cupra fits all-wheel drive as standard, which eats into the available space and means there isn’t a dual-height load area as there is in the normal car. The rear seats fold easily to expand total capacity to 2,150 litres.

In the cabin you’ll find door pockets that can manage water bottles but may be initially confused by the lack of conventional upright cupholders – these are hidden beneath the sliding front armrest, where you’ll also find a deep cubby hole. Ahead of the gear selector on the centre console there’s a further cubby with a wireless phone charger that’s easily accessed yet also holds your phone impressively securely.

Is it easy to park?

At 4,376mm long, 1,841mm wide and 1,615mm tall, the exterior of the Ateca remains fairly compact, so it doesn’t feel too big or intimidating in tight car parks or city centre streets.

All-round visibility is pretty good, but Cupra makes life even easier by fitting front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, 360-degree camera system and automated park assist – as standard. Though we have to say the graphical overlay on the 360-degree camera display is perhaps the most confusing we’ve ever encountered, making this system less useful than it should be.

Safety

  • Regular Ateca awarded five stars 
  • Plenty of safety kit available
  • More available as part of an optional pack

The SEAT Ateca scored a five-star safety rating when it was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016. That means the Cupra version can be expected to perform in the same way in the unfortunate event of an accident. And while the Euro NCAP test has become tougher since then, this should still prove a safe car.

Standard safety kit includes Front Assist with City Emergency Braking (SEAT’s name for autonomous emergency braking) with Pedestrian Protection, a tiredness recognition system and seatbelt reminders, as well as a suite of airbags all-round. 

VZ2 trim and up adds a Safe and Driving Pack which includes adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, lane assist and high-beam assist to boost the driver assistance and safety kit tally.

Watch the Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Cupra Ateca SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel

Limited Edition equipment

Limited Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel

VZ1 equipment

VZ1 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
VZ1 optional equipment
None available

VZ2 equipment

VZ2 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
VZ2 optional equipment
None available

VZ3 equipment

VZ3 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
VZ3 optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Cupra Ateca SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2016 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2016
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 84%
Vulnerable Road Users: 71%
Safety Assist: 60%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.