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Nowadays, though, Fiat and Citroën have sub-brands for special models and derivatives that don’t actually bear their parent companies' names at all. So, while an Abarth 500 looks very much like a Fiat and a DS 4 appears almost identical to what used to be a Citroën, they are in fact, technically at least, made by different manufacturers.
If you’re wondering why we’re telling you this in what’s supposed to be a review of the Cupra Ateca, well it’s because Seat has decided to tread the same path as its Italian and French rivals. The car you’re looking at here may look like a Seat, but it is in fact a Cupra – a performance-oriented brand whose cars will be based on existing Seat models in the short term, but will eventually offer unique models of its own.
The closest rivals to the Cupra Ateca, in terms of both price and performance, are two other sports SUVs from the VW Group: the Audi SQ2 and Volkswagen R-Roc R. In fact, all three use the same 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, four-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
So, does the Cupra Ateca make the best use of those mechanicals, and why might you choose to buy one instead of an even faster and considerably cheaper hot hatch? Read on to find out the answers along with everything else you could possibly want to know.
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