Cupra has priced the trio of vehicles it’s launching with in July, including the Ateca crossover.

    The Spanish brand expects the sleeker Formentor to be its best seller, and is offering it with a wider range of variants.

    The more upright Ateca, in contrast, is being offered in just a single variant, called VZx. It packs a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

    The Ateca’s price tag – $60,990 before on-roads, $65,990 drive-away – puts it just below the range-topping Formentor VZx, which rings up at $61,490 before on-roads or $66,490 drive-away.

    The Formentor VZx packs an extra 7kW of power, but only the Ateca VZx offers the option of an Akrapovic exhaust.

    The Ateca was Cupra’s first model as a standalone brand, with the Spanish marque previously a trim level on certain Seat models.

    It was launched in 2018, two years after the launch of the Seat Ateca it’s based on. That makes it the oldest member of the Cupra line-up.


    • 2022 Cupra Ateca VZx: $60,990 before on-road costs, $65,990 drive-away


    The 2022 Cupra Ateca is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

    It’s mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

    Cupra claims a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds.

    Fuel Economy

    Local fuel economy figures have yet to be announced, but WLTP figures from Europe put combined fuel economy at between 8.6 and 8.9L/100km.


    The 2022 Cupra Ateca measures 4386mm long, 1841mm wide and 1599mm tall on a 2630mm wheelbase.

    It has 485L of boot space.

    Servicing and Warranty

    The Cupra Ateca is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    Cupra also includes three years of free servicing.


    The Cupra Ateca doesn’t yet have a rating from ANCAP, though the related Seat Ateca has a five-star Euro NCAP rating from 2016.

    In European testing, it received an adult occupant protection rating of 93 per cent, a child occupant protection rating of 84 per cent, a pedestrian protection rating of 71 per cent, and a safety assist rating of 60 per cent.

    Standard safety equipment includes:

    • AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Driver fatigue detection
    • Safe exit warning
    • Surround-view camera
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Seven airbags

    Standard Equipment

    Standard equipment includes:

    • 19-inch alloy wheels in black and copper
    • Dynamic Chassis Control
    • Progressive Steering
    • Quad exhaust outlets
    • 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit digital instrument cluster
    • Wireless phone charging
    • Nine-speaker Beats sound system
    • Semi-autonomous parking assist
    • Hands-free power tailgate
    • Power driver’s seat with memory
    • Heated front seats
    • Leather upholstery
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Tri-zone climate control
    • Ambient lighting
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Illuminated sill plates
    • Aluminium pedals
    • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors with memory
    • Four USB-C outlets (two front, two rear)
    • Automatic headlights
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Paddle shifters
    • Rear privacy glass
    • LED headlights
    • Fog lights with cornering lights
    • Automatic high-beam
    • 18-inch temporary spare


    The following options are available on the Ateca:

    • Akrapovic exhaust: $5950
    • Brembo brake package: $4050
    • Panoramic sunroof: $1800


    The only interior colourway on offer is Petrol Blue, with copper stitching found throughout the cabin.

    The Ateca will be available in the following finishes:

    • Nevada White
    • Graphite Grey
    • Magic Black

    All finishes are a no-cost option, with one premium paint finish – Dark Camouflage – costing $475.

    MORE: Everything Cupra Ateca

    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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