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The Seat Leon SC Cupra 280 has a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that puts out 276bhp. It catapults the Cupra from 0 to 62mph in just 5.8sec.
The Cupra also handles well, helped by its standard limited-slip differential to improve front-end traction. Body control is excellent and the car is nimble but still secure when you get enthusiastic with it.
The seats are comfortable and supportive, and it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. The cabin layout is good to look at, easy to use and feels well put together.
It isn't as fluid to drive as the BMW M135i, nor can it match the BMW’s efficiency, power or resale values.
The Seat can struggle for traction, scrubbing its front tyres on the exits of corners. It can skip over the odd bump, too, while there's a fair bit of road noise.
Standard Leons also have more bright trim in the cabin meaning that the Cupra version can feel a little dark and drab by comparison. The SC is a bit cramped in the back for adults, too.
Should I add any options?
There's no need to go crazy on the options list because the car already has plenty of kit. The six-speed DSG automatic gearbox is a popular addition for £1320. Beyond that, Seat offers a Black or White kit which adds styling accents to the outside of the car.
You can also upgrade the sound system, get leather upholstery or full sport seats as options, along with adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, winter pack including heated front seats, and a driver’s assistance pack with lane-keep assist.
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