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Cupra Ateca - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs

The Cupra Ateca has reasonable economy for a performance SUV; the first-year VED tax is a tough pill to swallow

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and Running Costs Rating

3.1 out of 5

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Unsurprisingly, the Cupra Ateca cannot claim to offer diesel-like fuel economy, but 31.4mpg is a fairly reasonable figure considering the performance on offer. CO2 emissions of 205g/km for the more powerful VZ car combine with a list price of between £44,500 and £52,000 to deliver an eye-watering bill for the first-year VED tax. 

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The less powerful cars sit under the £40,000 threshold. The 1.5-litre models put out 153g/km of CO2, meaning a first-year tax rate of £680. The 190bhp 2.0-litre model emits 180g/km and costs £1,095 for the first year.

Insurance groups

While the insurance groups for the SEAT Ateca start at eight and rise to 23, the Cupra version falls into group 17 to 33, so you will pay more for your premium. For some context, the SEAT Leon ST Cupra estate sits in group 35, while the Cupra Leon hatchback is in group 33.

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Depreciation

The Cupra Ateca (with the most powerful 296bhp engine and in VZ1 trim) retains 50 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles, which isn’t bad compared with rivals.

The 1.5 V1 Cupra Ateca holds its value better than the equivalent SEAT Ateca (50 per cent versus 45 per cent, respectively), meaning there is a financial case for the Cupra version over its SEAT alternative.

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