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2022 Cupra Ateca price and features: High performance and plenty of kit confirmed for new Hyundai Kona N and Volkswagen T-Roc R rival ahead of Australian launch

The Ateca is one of two SUVs Cupra Australia is launching with.

Cupra Australia has detailed the standard equipment and pricing of one of its three performance-focused launch models, the Ateca small SUV, which is due mid-year.

With the Hyundai Kona N and Volkswagen T-Roc R firmly in its sights, the Ateca is available in a single highly specified variant, dubbed VZx, priced from $60,990 before on-road costs.

It is pricier than the Hyundai which starts from $47,500, while the T-Roc R is yet to be priced but is expected to be in the circa-$60,000 bracket.

Motivated by a 221kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Cupra’s 4Drive all-wheel-drive system, the VZx can sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds.

Standard equipment includes variable-ratio steering, adaptive suspension, dusk-sensing LED lights, rains-sensing wipers and black/copper 19-inch Exclusive Sport alloy wheels (with a space-saver spare).

And then there’s auto-folding side mirrors with heating and dark-aluminium covers, puddle lights, black roof rails, keyless entry, rear privacy glass, a hands-free power tailgate and quad exhaust tailpipes.

Inside, keyless start, a 9.2-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a 340W Beats sound system with nine speakers, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a wireless smartphone charger feature.

Buyers also get a heated sports steering wheel, heated front sports seats (including driver power adjustment and memory functionality), three-zone climate control, Petrol Blue leather-appointed upholstery, ambient lighting, aluminium pedals and illuminated scuff plates.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, driver attention alert, blind-spot monitoring, park assist, surround-view cameras, front and rear parking sensors, safe exit alert and tyre pressure monitoring.

Options include Brembo brakes ($4050), an Akrapovic sports exhaust system ($5950) and a panoramic sunroof ($1800). Dark Camouflage is the only premium paintwork option ($475), with the Nevada White, Graphite Grey and Magic Black metallic colours all no-cost.

2022 Cupra Ateca pricing before on-road costs