Welcome to another test, this time of Cupra Ateca.
Having stiffer springs and sporty characteristics it’s probably going to lift the wheel into the air sooner.
I want to know how its traction control works
and also something about its ground clearance.
I don’t know if this isn’t too much.
Alright let’s switch to the Off-Road mode so that Haldex can figure out what I want from it.
It found the traction in the creek, I was afraid it would burrow too deep.
This could be a significant advantage over for example Subaru STI.
So far the traction is spectacular.
Now it should lift me up.
And now I mustn’t get stuck on the belly.
So I need to do it like this, because the belly has always been my problem as you can see.
Okay and now I’ll try to go up.
I wouldn’t have said … oh it seems we haven’t won the battle yet.
We need to take a look what’s the situation like.
Good, good, it seems we should be able to break free of the snow.
So when you go to have some off-road fun you’ll also have some sound background.
If it moves it’s fine.
Well the power is also needed for that.
I can imagine you might object to going off-road with this kind of car, but that’s why it’s built this way.
It can be fast on the road, have 300 HP and sound nice.
However it has to handle this terrain as well.
Fortunately the snow isn’t that frozen so it lets us do this.
What’s remarkable is the frame’s rigidity.
I’ll turn this off.
It doesn’t even creak.
Doesn’t matter if I open the doors or close them, it works all the time and the rigidity can be felt.
I am not sure if we can make it out of here.
So what do you say?
Has Cupra Ateca passed the SUV discipline test?
I think its off-road capabilities are exceptional and the AWD system works great
Despite the wheels lifting up easily.
As far as interior space is concerned it’s Ateca and we don’t need to say more.
Let’s rather have a look at the stylish rear.
On the one hand it’s nothing over the top, but on the other hand it emanates power.
That causes everybody whom I’ve met with to ask “How much does it cost?”.
So let me tell you that the base model costs, without 10 euro, 43000 EUR.
The base model is good, it doesn’t have unnecessary things.
For example some assistants are not included and you need to pay extra to get them.
But that’s good, it is well set for those Cupra style enthusiasts,
which means no adaptive cruise control, no line assists.
But it has full link, full LED lights, navigation and all things that should be there.
I’ve found only a few things I’d have to pay for.
One of those are the front Brembo brakes.
They are bi-material.
That means not only ventilated, but made of two materials that help with their cooling.
Right now they are cooled with the snow too.
But what’s strange is if you order these brakes you have to have the Beats audio system as well and some other small items.
The spare tire must go away as well.
What else would I want?
Maybe the tow eye considering it’s an SUV.
I’d also add Winter pack and maybe some other small items.
And this would be the final price.
And now you may say to yourself: “I could have a Subaru STI for that price.”
That’s right but you don’t get the family SUV.
That means a true petrolhead would now give this car some hate.
The point is I am not one.
Oh and it’s got one more thing I forgot to mention – Launch-Control.
It’s getting restless and I am interested in LC’s behavior
when it finds out that those 300 HP and 400 Nm go directly onto the snow.
So let’s go.
Whoa that traction was great!
I hadn’t expected it could deal with it so well.
It was thinking a little while, but this is … this car’s superb.
My heart didn’t hurt trying this on the snow but I can imagine what beating the drive shafts would take on tarmac.
And although I saved the drive shafts, Cupra Ateca went through a lot during my test.
On a freeway and while driving around normally, the fuel consumption is under 10 l/100 km (23.5 mpg).
On our testing circle it was 8.5 (27.7 mpg).
And when you are having fun? You just don’t look at it.
Ateca Cupra, even with the 10 l/100 km fuel consumption,
represents an amazing combination of a daily driver with the 300 HP machine.
The weather is as if made-to-order and here’s a place covered with snow.
In the car’s spec sheet you can find its rotation radius is 10.8 meters (35.4 ft).
I am going to try drawing a circle in a normal drive mode to see how big it is.
It should be the outer rim, but I don’t know if that is track or car’s corner based.
But this is a sporty car and it doesn’t have an electronic emergency brake
and I want to know if it’s able to turn in place with a smaller radius.
Let’s see what it will do when I switch to Snow mode.
I’ll try to accelerate with ESP turned on.
Aha. You can see. Now it went a bit further,
but you’ve seen that the car’s powertrain is capable of helping with turning.
I’ll start again on the outer rim.
I’ll switch to Cupra mode now.
Let’s see what it’ll do. Full turn.
The ESP throttles the power.
Look how the radius got bigger at the end. The start is great.
Let’s go to Settings,
System ESC, let’s put it to Sport.
We’ll see if that helps. If the Sport setting helps.
It seems the radius got smaller.
And what if I turn off the ESC completely, of course Haldex is still turned on.
Let’s try one more time.
Well partially when it lets go, but the transmission reins me in constantly.
But there’s a hint of sports car which might be good.
But am I able to turn in place without using the emergency brake?
It’s not able to turn in place completely.
Before Cupra Ateca gets the necessary traction it relies on both of its axles with the front axle having priority
– especially when tires lose their grip immediately.
Subsequently it’s the rear axle that does the work and helps turning the car in a desired direction.
Simply said if the car moves at least a little bit it’s going to turn instantly.
Understandably it’s not tuned for cutting circles or for being an in-place auto-mixer.
The joy from the rotation can be spoiled by its DSG gearbox
as it shifted to second gear before I was able to spin the car even while using a Manual shifting mode.
Less pulsation wouldn’t hurt.
After a few tries it was obvious how’s the electronics set
and so it’s about time to try how Ateca’s going to cut the corners between icy barriers.
And we’ll see if it lives up to the big talk about buying it instead of the STI to have both an SUV and a fun car.
Before me lies a road which is a dream come true.
It’s covered with snow with ice beneath it.
So this car is either going to make it or not.
Which settings am I going to use?
You can see the oil’s temperature here, everything’s warm, let’s add how much pressure turbocharger’s going to provide.
G’s are not going to play any role now.
I have the Sport mode display on, so it’s not going to look like this,
or this, but I’ll set it to this - original Cupra style.
I’ll switch to the manual shifting although I don’t know how I’ll be able to handle all of this here.
Now have a seat, you are going on a ride with me and of course with Cupra Ateca.
Let’s get it going.
This surface is something else.
I’ll shift to the second gear straight off.
I am curious how DSG transmission is going to behave.
How the AWD system works!
But now it shifted to the next gear which I don’t want.
Do I really have to keep an eye on the revs in a 300 HP car?
It was understeering for a second there, but it keeps the track nicely.
This is ice dancing! This AWD is godly.
I don’t know if the STI or Evo would provide for better ride.
I’d probably have to work more for the same outcome.
Although with them I’d know which gear I was in.
This part’s going to be difficult because I need to counter-steer relatively soon.
There are huge boulders of frozen snow all around me.
And now Cupra…
You dummy, if I had the right gear it’d be more beautiful!
But not with this gear!
To hell with this transmission, but other than that this car drives…oh my god!
I can do whatever I want with it.
Nice. This turn is sharp and I can see the forest down there.
I am still waiting for the 400 Nm of torque to come through.
I’ll try to shift the gears like that to have it under control.
If I remember well this was a fast turn.
Yes and the following one was too.
The control over the car is amazing.
If only I could have it in the gear I want.
What is this car doing!
How it entered the turns was excellent.
Cupra literally put itself into the turn and the engine rejoiced.
However whenever revs reached maximum even for the hundredth of a second, boom,
it shifted up unwantedly, the wheels lost their grip which demonstrated in the understeering behavior.
It wasn’t a problem in those fast turns
because you don’t need to slide like this to steer the car the way you want and you work more or less with its mass.
I remember times when 300 HP was reserved for 8-series Coupe with 5.0 liter 12-cylinder engine from BMW.
I also remember times when 2.0 liter turbocharged engine was reserved for civil versions of rally legends.
I hope my memory’s going to serve me for a few more years so that I can remember how Cupra, in year 2019,
wrote a significant chapter in automotive history and brought SUV and hot-hatch in one package.
There is that sound as well.
What to say at the end?
In my opinion Cupra Ateca is a small Stelvio QV or people’s Macan from Porsche.
This car simply works and I think Cupra lives up to its name.
In the end though, I don’t care if it’s Seat or Cupra.
I think the marketing money has been spent unnecessarily.
On the other hand my hat is off.
There was enough money for good things to remain so that it’s complete and tuned package.
I’d probably invest those marketing money into these brakes being in a base model.
In any case Cupra Ateca is a pleasant surprise.
There is only one small defect I would correct, a software one.
Check that box that changes transmission’s behavior so the manual mode is really manual.
Thank you for watching another snowy test and don’t forget! Don’t freeze!
Bye! Whoa that’s slippery!
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