Cupra Ateca vs Audi SQ2
SUVs have develop into mainstream fodder for households wanting sensible and trendy transport, and now there’s a brand new area of interest rising out of this group of autos.
That comes within the type of the Audi SQ2. This automotive takes the German model’s S mannequin know-how and downscales it for this hottest of Q2s. So can the brand new Spanish marque and its first product, the new Ateca, overcome the SQ2’s problem on this new market area of interest?
|Mannequin||Cupra Ateca||Audi SQ2|
|Engine||2.0-litre 4cyl petrol turbo||2.0-litre 4cyl petrol turbo|
|Transmission||Seven-speed dual-clutch computerized, four-wheel drive||Seven-speed dual-clutch computerized, four-wheel drive|
|0-60mph||4.7 seconds||4.5 seconds|
|Take a look at financial system||27.9mpg/6.1mpl||26.8mpg/5.9mpl|
|Choices||Consolation and Sound pack (£1,930), Design pack (£3,345)||Expertise Pack (£1,395), Bang & Olufsen stereo (£700), Driver Help Pack Superior (£1,200), rear-view digital camera (£350), Superior key (£350), heated seats (£300)|
For: Cheaper and bigger, so extra usable than the Audi, properly geared up and good tech
In opposition to: Experience and dealing with are compromised by the Ateca’s trip peak – however so are the SQ2’s
Cupra all the time was SEAT’s sporty sub-brand – consider it like Mercedes-AMG or BMW M – however now the Volkswagen-owned firm has been spun off right into a producer in its personal proper.
So, that is Cupra’s first ever standalone automotive and it’s chosen an SUV to mark its debut. It’s based mostly on the usual SEAT Ateca household crossover, and Cupra’s intention is to mix all the mannequin’s practicality with the trademark efficiency for which the Cupra badge is thought.
Meaning there’s a potent 2.0-litre turbo engine below the bonnet, a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and four-wheel drive, plus loads of chassis tweaks to enhance the dealing with and agility.
This sizzling Ateca is Cupra’s first standalone automotive, however regardless of the contemporary badge the formulation is acquainted, as a result of the usual SEAT Ateca’s MQB chassis is the bottom for this extra highly effective mannequin.
There’s MacPherson-strut suspension on the entrance and a multi-link rear axle because of the 4Drive four-wheel-drive system. The chassis has been tweaked so it sits 20mm decrease than the SEAT donor and has firmer springs. These adjustments have been made to offset the SUVs taller trip peak in contrast with a sizzling hatch and assist it deal with extra sharply.
Adaptive dampers are commonplace, with Consolation and Cupra settings at every finish of the dimensions. The Ateca’s trip continues to be compromised, although. Our automotive additionally had the Consolation and Sound pack, in addition to the Design bundle, including £5,275 to the worth. All fashions sit on 19-inch wheels, however even within the suspension’s softest setting the trip is agency and busy. At greatest it’s satisfactory, at worst it throws the physique round on its springs and dampers, which frustrates.
Choose Cupra mode, which actually corporations up the dampers, and the Ateca feels rock strong. It cuts roll noticeably, whereas bumps that mildly corrupt the automotive in Consolation really feel like full-on kicks in Cupra. However at the very least the dealing with advantages may be felt on easy roads, as a result of the weightier steering has a superb diploma of precision for a higher-riding SUV, little doubt helped by the grippier tyres. Even so, there’s nonetheless little in the way in which of communication from the steering – or the chassis – as a result of the worth you pay for the picture of a efficiency SUV is a drop in means in contrast with the same sizzling hatch.
That’s solely when the street will get twisty – and even then four-wheel drive nonetheless means the Ateca makes efficient progress due to sturdy traction.
In a straight line it feels hot-hatch fast, regardless of its bulkier dimension and chunkier kerbweight. Our check figures backed this up, as a result of with launch management the Cupra clocked 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds. This was 0.2 seconds down on the smaller, lighter SQ2, nevertheless it’s not sufficient to make a noticeable distinction on the street – apart from, the Ateca’s in-gear instances had been largely a match for the Audi’s (5.Three seconds between 50 and 70mph in fifth in contrast with 5.1, for instance).
The brand new seven-speed field swaps ratios easily, however has the identical foibles as the same unit within the SQ2: primarily that downshifts really feel sluggish if you really need them to be snappy.
Given the Ateca is £915 cheaper than the SQ2 we’ve bought no qualms over the package you get. LED lights, a digital sprint, smartphone connectivity, keyless operation, local weather and cruise management, nav, adaptive dampers and a 360-degree digital camera are all included.
Infotainment: Straightforward-to-use show options Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and sat-nav. The graphics could possibly be sharper, however digital dials are commonplace
Transmission: Seven-speed auto adjustments gear easily. Downshifts can really feel sluggish, nevertheless
Inside: Greater bodyshell and longer wheelbase imply there’s extra space within the Ateca’s cabin than the SQ2’s for occupants
For: Barely faster than Cupra, decrease CO2 emissions, premium badge and picture
In opposition to: Lower than standard Audi ranges of high quality, smaller and fewer sensible, pricier
The recipe these two vehicles conform to may be very related. That’s not a shock given Audi and Cupra fall below the Volkswagen Group umbrella and use related underpinnings, engines and gearboxes.
There are a number of key variations, nevertheless. One is that the Audi is £915 dearer, nevertheless it’s additionally the smaller automotive, so together with value, practicality could possibly be a difficulty within the verdict. Efficiency shouldn’t be, although, as a result of the two.0-litre turbo petrol motor ought to ship a potent punch whereas the quattro four-wheel-drive system and DSG auto transmission ought to guarantee it’s straightforward to take advantage of and deploy this efficiency. Let’s learn the way it fares in contrast with the Cupra.
Audi’s SQ2 is predicated on the identical platform because the Cupra Ateca, nevertheless it’s the smaller of those two efficiency machines. The SQ2’s MQB chassis does with out adaptive dampers, whereas they’re commonplace on the Cupra. As a consequence it’s agency and feels unforgiving on rutted roads, the place the Ateca presents a bit of extra compliance. The suspension set-up’s trade-off for a small however sporty SUV continues to be acceptable, however the SQ2 feels extra compromised extra of the time than the Cupra.
It too sits 20mm decrease than its commonplace Audi Q2 counterpart and you may really feel the firmer tune to the springs and dampers. Hit a bump mid-corner and the shorter-wheelbase SQ2 feels much less steady than the Ateca, bouncing extra off line with much less management to the damping. The steering in each vehicles doesn’t relay a lot info to the motive force, however is sharp in its responses, solely with the SQ2’s taller trip peak there’s nonetheless some roll. It’s not an involving driving expertise, and isn’t that comfy or luxurious.
For a reasonably heavy SUV, it’s blisteringly fast – though at 1,435kg it’s 105kg lighter than the bigger Ateca, regardless of possessing the identical 296bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, seven-speed DSG dual-clutch field and four-wheel-drive system.
Alongside that energy determine there’s 400Nm of torque – the identical as within the Cupra – produced from an an identical 2,000rpm. In our assessments the SQ2 coated 0-60mph in simply 4.5 seconds, whereas its 5.1-second time between 50 and 70mph in fifth reveals simply how a lot flexibility the muscular motor offers.
The Cupra was only some tenths behind typically, so that you’d hardly name it out of contact with the Audi, but it rides higher in its Consolation setting and feels a match for the SQ2 in terms of grip and agility. The motor’s word is equally flat from the exhaust, with refined coughs, however sounds extra enhanced in Dynamic mode.
Given the Audi’s value, nevertheless, we’re lower than enamoured with the standard on supply. The sports activities seats are good and plenty of the sprint is roofed in softer plastic, however the fundamental design is now wanting like a last-generation set-up, whereas the fabric on the doorways jars with the worth tag.
Tech can also be a bit of behind the Cupra, and also you get much less of it as commonplace. A 12.3-inch digital sprint is a part of the £1,395 Expertise Bundle that brings an 8.3-inch display (a seven-inch unit is commonplace) and wi-fi charging, too, whereas keyless operation and a rear-view digital camera value £350 every. Metallic paint is a £575 choice, however parking sensors, autonomous braking with pedestrian detection, cruise and local weather management, plus sat-nav are all included.
Infotainment: Audi’s MMI system works properly and has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and nav. Greater 8.3-inch display and digital dials are an choice
Transmission: Seven-speed auto field is much like the Ateca’s and shares its sluggish nature in terms of downshifts
Inside: Cabin is smaller than the Cupra’s and the standard of the inside isn’t what we’d anticipate at this value
First Place: Cupra Ateca
The Cupra Ateca continues to be a compromised automotive, nevertheless it nails the transient higher than the SQ2. It’s extra usable, just about matches the Audi’s efficiency, is extra comfortable, and will get extra commonplace package and practicality. It’s a greater, extra reasonably priced try at providing efficiency SUVs to a wider viewers.
Second place: Audi SQ2
The SQ2 is quicker than the Ateca, however not by sufficient to offset the shortage of area and suppleness. Efficiency SUVs like these are supposed to ship throughout the board, and the Audi is simply too compromised in too many areas to beat the Cupra – these embrace value, usability, commonplace package and luxury.