Labelled the Cupra Ateca, without any mention of Seat’s name, it’s a serious contender in the compact segment, one that’s a bit faster than the entry-level Porsche Macan.
And it’s easy to see why, as it has the same engine, gearbox and four-wheel drive system as the Volkswagen Golf R. But unlike the hot hatch, the increased ground clearance and extra weight make it less fun on twisty roads.
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There’s some body lean, too, according to WhatCar, who traveled to Barcelona to test drive the Cupra Ateca.
As they point out, there’s a delay between turning the steering wheel and the car actually changing direction. On the bright side, the punchy turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pushes out 300 PS (296 hp / kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque makes it pretty fast, as it sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 5.4 seconds and hits top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph).
This isn’t a full-blown review of the performance compact crossover, but rather a ‘Top 5’ things to know about it. So, should you consider one? Click and find out.