The first Cupra vehicles are now arriving in Australia ahead of August deliveries, but the Spanish brand has already announced 2023 model year information.

    The 2023 Cupra Ateca is unchanged apart from the addition of standard towing pre-wiring. Orders for the MY23 Ateca will open from July/August.

    It boasts a braked towing capacity of 2100kg, which bests every model in the similarly sized Formentor’s line-up.

    The Formentor SUV tows between 1500kg and 1800kg, depending on the variant.

    UPDATE, 11/02/2023 – Cupra has increased the Ateca’s drive-away price by $760.

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    The Ateca is the oldest member of the Cupra family, being a hotted-up version of the Seat Ateca that entered production in 2016.

    It was launched in Australia with a run of 100 Launch Edition models, featuring the optional Akrapovic exhaust.

    Its future is uncertain. Cupra teased facelifted versions of the newer Leon and Formentor at a brand event in June, ahead of a 2024 or 2025 introduction for both.

    No such Ateca update was previewed, though Cupra did preview a new SUV – the Terramar – which could replace it.

    The new SUV will offer a choice of petrol or plug-in hybrid powertrains and will measure 4.5m long, compared to 4.38m for the Ateca and 4.45m for the Formentor.


    • 2023 Cupra Ateca VZx: $66,750 drive-away (+$760)


    The 2023 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

    The 2023 Cupra Ateca uses 7.8L/100km on the combined cycle. It has a 55L fuel tank and requires 98RON premium unleaded fuel.


    The 2023 Cupra Ateca measures 4386mm long, 1841mm wide and 1599mm tall on a 2630mm wheelbase.

    It has 485L of boot space.

    Braked towing capacity is 2100kg and unbraked towing capacity is 750kg.

    The Ateca has a tare mass of 1652kg.

    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 (replaces temporary spare with tyre repair kit)
    • 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.

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    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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