SEAT Leon Cupra: Spain’s Answer To The Hot Hatch?


There are many kinds of hot hatches out there. From the ubiquitous Volkswagen Golf GTi to the Ford Focus RS, there are many choices out there. Spain isn’t a country known for producing many iconic or distinctive cars. But, it hopes to change that with its latest offering to the hot hatch world.

The SEAT Leon Cupra is the Spanish marque’s contribution to the small hatch market. Unlike the standard models, the Cupra is the sportier, high-performance derivative. It boasts plenty of features and reasons for consumers to consider it for their next vehicle.

But, is it enough to make you want to go out and buy one today? The short answer is yes! If you want the longer answer, check out the following review below:

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A dream to drive

You might think that the main selling point of the latest generation SEAT Leon Cupra is the engine. It might surprise you to learn that people are more interested in how the car handles on the road. If you’ve ever driven a MINI before, you’ll know it sticks to the road like a go-kart.

The SEAT Leon Cupra is bigger but offers that same level of road handling! The multi-link rear axle, for example, makes cornering more precise. Plus, it offers a better ride quality. It also has performance springs and a longer rear anti-roll bar.

When you drive a standard mk3 SEAT Leon, you’ll notice it offers good handling out of the box. The Cupra variant improves on that high-quality handling base even further!

Plenty of power

Lurking at the front-end of the SEAT Leon Cupra is a mighty beast. It has a mighty mechanical beating heart. And it plays a tune that you’ll want to hear time and again!

What you get in the engine bay is a 2.0-litre TSI unit. It boasts an impressive 276 brake horsepower as standard. The top speed of the car is 155 mph. Although I suspect it will go much higher if you have the electronic limiter removed.

From a standing start, you will reach 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. The engine works in harmony with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. You can also specify an automatic version that uses VW’s DSG dual-clutch transmission.

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There is also a higher tuned variant of the Cupra that offers an extra nine brake horsepower. Still, the 0-60 time is the same, so it’s worth saving your money and sticking with the standard model.

Sympathetic to mother nature

One of the things we all consider when buying a car is its carbon emissions. Some of us don’t want to make the hole in the ozone layer any bigger. Others just worry about the implications on car tax!

Regardless, one thing you’ll love about the SEAT Leon Cupra is the low CO2 emissions. At just 149 g/km for the DSG model, you’ll end up owning a greener hot hatch. Even if you opted for the six-speed manual, it’s only a little higher at 155 g/km.

Fuel economy isn’t too bad either at 42 MPG combined. Still, most people won’t buy this car to save money on petrol costs. They want it because it’s a hot hatch!

It’s not an obscure or expensive hot hatch

Some small high-performance cars are only available in limited numbers. Others have long waiting lists or get made by almost unknown brands.

The beauty of the SEAT Leon Cupra is you can buy them anywhere. And, at any time! From Currie Motors to your local dealership, you’ll find it easy to buy one. That should make the buying process easier for you. But, there’s also another advantage to its availability: the price.

When cars of limited numbers get built, they tend to cost a small fortune. The good news is the SEAT Leon Cupra has a reasonable price tag. That also applies if you get one brand new!

You get a lot of geeky goodies as standard

Last, but not least, both drivers and passengers will love the car’s interior. Sure, it has comfortable sports seats and plenty of head and legroom. But, there’s an even bigger reason to enjoy sitting inside the SEAT Leon Cupra. It’s packed full of technology. And you don’t have to pay extra for it!

All models get a head unit with DAB digital radio as standard. Of course, there’s also Bluetooth so you can listen to your own tunes from your media player or phone.

Other features include satellite navigation, adaptive steering and automatic lights and wipers.


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