Why should I want it?
As crossovers and SUVs get more and more fashionable, a market for fast ones is starting to emerge. And in the Cupra Ateca there’s one with a new and exclusive badge, after Seat spun its performance badging off as a separate brand. The Ateca has a 300hp turbocharged engine and looks the part thanks to quad rear exhaust pipes, larger wheels and aggressive bodywork.
Why can’t I have it?
It’s fundamentally a posh, but admittedly very fast, Seat. It’s also a slightly odd car, because while quick in a straight line, doesn’t make too much of an attempt to be a sporting SUV, so doesn’t corner as well as you’d expect.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
Residuals of almost 40% are good, and fuel economy on longer runs is reasonable for something with such straight-line performance. It’s also practical, large enough to undertake family duties at weekends and is subtle enough to look at that it will go under the radar for the uninitiated, despite the rapid performance.
More fleety alternative
For most of the style with 50% of the power, the 1.5-litre TSI in FR Sport trim is still a smart-looking car, and comes with CO2 emissions of 124g/km while also dropping under £30,000. Plus Seat’s EasyMove offering of trim levels means metallic paint is free of charge.
|Performance:||4.9 sec/152 mph|