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Cupra Ateca review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

Practicality is almost on a par with the SEAT version, but the boot is slightly smaller

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

The Cupra Ateca shares its five doors and five-seater body with the SEAT version, so there’s little change in terms of flexibility and practicality. However, it does feel like it’s a little less spacious than its SEAT sibling.

That’s partly thanks to the fact it sits 10mm lower to the ground, making it feel a little less like an SUV, while the combination of the dark headlining and standard-fit tinted rear windows make it feel more claustrophobic, especially in the back. Even more so if you equip the Cupra Ateca with the optional bucket seats.


At 4,376mm long, the Cupra Ateca is 13mm longer than the SEAT version, with the ‘sporty’ rear bumper the major contributor to this slight increase in length.

The Ateca is based on the Leon hatchback, so space inside is good, if not remarkable. It’s roughly the same size as a Nissan Qashqai inside, but slightly smaller than the Renault Kadjar. Crucially, however, you cannot buy performance versions of these crossovers.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The amount of legroom is adequate for a car of this size, but only slightly more than you’d get in a Leon hatchback. However, the taller crossover body means that headroom is improved, which is especially noticeable in the back. Only a child will appreciate sitting in the centre rear seat for a prolonged period, mind.


In most areas, the Cupra version of the Ateca remains as family-friendly as the SEAT versions, but you will have to put up with a slightly smaller boot. Thanks to the four-wheel drive system, the boot floor is slightly higher, bringing the luggage capacity down from 510 to 485 litres.

A small penalty for the performance version, perhaps, and it remains more than you’d find in a front-wheel drive Nissan Qashqai (430 litres). The rear seats split 60:40 and can be released via a mechanism in the boot, but they leave a significant lip, so you’re not left with an entirely flat floor. There is a ski hatch, which might help with longer items, while an electric tailgate is part of the Comfort & Sound pack.


The Cupra Ateca offers a maximum braked towing weight of 2,100kg, or 750kg unbraked, and a towbar pre-installation kit with hook is available for around £700.

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