Currently reading: Facelifted 2020 Cupra Ateca arrives with improved dynamics
Performance crossover gets new-look front end, improved infotainment and tweaks to the chassis set-up
Felix Page Autocar writer
3 mins read
22 June 2020

The Cupra Ateca has been updated inside and out for 2021, mirroring the facelift given to the standard Seat version earlier this month.

As with Seat’s non-performance version, Cupra’s hot Ateca has been subtly redesigned, most obviously at the front. It receives new LED headlight and foglight designs, a reshaped front bumper with an aluminium diffuser and Seat’s angular new grille – as seen on the Tarraco large SUV and new Leon – which is framed by a dark chrome surround to differentiate the Cupra variant.

Additional styling changes include an aluminium finish for the side mouldings, mirror caps and roof rails, as well as new puddle lights that project the Cupra logo onto the floor, dynamic rear indicators and larger, optional 19in alloy wheels that can be specified in Cupra’s trademark copper finish. New bumper designs at each end make the Ateca 10mm longer overall than before.

As with the current car, a set of prominent quad exhaust pipes mark Cupra's Ateca out as the performance variant. 

The Ateca retains its EA888 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but a new electrohydraulic multi-disc traction system in front of the rear differential monitors and analyses the road ahead, as well as the driver’s actions, to vary power delivery across the four wheels according to grip levels. That helps bring the 0-62mph time down from 5.2sec to 4.9sec. Top speed remains at 153mph.

Dynamic enhancements come courtesy of tweaks to the calibration of the steering set-up and throttle bheaviour, said to bring 'maximum agility' and enhanced driver feedback, while Cupra's Adaptive Chassis Control system can change the suspension and damper settings 'within milliseconds' according to different driving conditions. A set of 18in ventilated Brembo brake discs can be specified as an optional extra, improving stopping performance. 

Interior upgrades come in the form of standard-fit Alcantara sports seats, illuminated treadplates and USB ports, a new ‘microsuede’ steering wheel with an engine start button and aluminium pedals. The infotainment touchscreen has also been enlarged from 8.0in to 9.2in. A 10.25in digital cockpit has been introduced as standard. A new voice control function can be used to navigate the infotainment menus, too.


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The car’s safety credentials have been bolstered with new driver aids such as pre-crash assist, predictive adaptive cruise control, emergency assist and exit assist, which detects oncoming obstacles when leaving a parking space.

Cupra’s Ateca now accounts for 15% of all Ateca sales. This has helped the fledgling stand-alone brand to achieve year-on-year growth of 72%.

The Cupra Ateca’s facelift precedes the market launch of the new Cupra Leon hot hatch and the brand’s bespoke Formentor performance SUV.

The updated Cupra Ateca will arrive in the UK alongside the standard Seat model in the third quarter of 2020, with a slight price rise expected.


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22 June 2020
It looks nigh on identical to many in this sector.
Start again.

23 June 2020

...  oh deary me, there I go again.  

22 June 2020

I fail to see whats so premium about the Cupra brand. It looks like a slighty tarted up Seat thats all. 

DS comes in for much criticism for its unexceptional products. But at least DS tries much harder than Cupra in forging its own identity.

22 June 2020
Boring I know but I still can't get over the 25mpg that this car gets in most long term tests , it may well be making up 15% of sales , but I assume that pcp driven with a mileage limit of 5000 miles ! If I owned a car with such crappy fuel consumption I would want something a lot better looking and with a lot more character .

22 June 2020
'A set of 18in ventilated Brembo brake discs can be specified'

22 June 2020

That's actually 2 inches bigger than the basic wheel size of a Ford Focus


22 June 2020

One of these drove up behind me Audi style in my village last week. Apart from the anxiety that the berk that was driving would run my MX5 over, the first thing that went through by mind was that the logo looked like the sort of thing that was fashionable for women to get tattooed on their lower backs in the 1990s. Colloquially and not very kindly dubbed "slag antlers" if I recall. 

22 June 2020

I'm in a minority but I still love this thing.

22 June 2020
But that's OK.

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