Cupra Leon review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Cupra Leon infotainment
  • Cupra Leon front right tracking
  • Cupra Leon rear cornering
  • Cupra Leon dashboard
  • Cupra Leon back seats
  • Cupra Leon infotainment
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  • Cupra Leon rear right tracking
  • Cupra Leon front right tracking
  • Cupra Leon front right static
  • Cupra Leon rear left static
  • Cupra Leon alloy wheel detail
  • Cupra Leon headlights detail
  • Cupra Leon rear lights detail
  • Cupra Leon Estate right tracking
  • Cupra Leon Estate rear right tracking
  • Cupra Leon interior front seats
  • Cupra Leon interior driver display
  • Cupra Leon interior back seats
  • Cupra Leon boot open
  • Cupra Leon Estate boot open
  • Cupra Leon front right tracking
  • Cupra Leon rear cornering
  • Cupra Leon dashboard
  • Cupra Leon back seats
  • Cupra Leon infotainment
  • Cupra Leon right tracking
  • Cupra Leon rear right tracking
  • Cupra Leon front right tracking
  • Cupra Leon front right static
  • Cupra Leon rear left static
  • Cupra Leon alloy wheel detail
  • Cupra Leon headlights detail
  • Cupra Leon rear lights detail
  • Cupra Leon Estate right tracking
  • Cupra Leon Estate rear right tracking
  • Cupra Leon interior front seats
  • Cupra Leon interior driver display
  • Cupra Leon interior back seats
  • Cupra Leon boot open
  • Cupra Leon Estate boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

An entry-level Cupra Leon 1.5 V1 costs more than more entertaining hot hatches such as the Hyundai i20 N and Ford Fiesta ST. Even the moderately hot 300 hatch costs a bit more than the Hyundai i30 N Performance. Meanwhile, the 310 estate (which is the most recommendable version) is more expensive than a Focus ST Estate, although it is a much faster car with four-wheel drive so that's hardly surprising. For the latest prices see our free New Car Deals pages.

Aside from the 1.5-litre petrol, none of the regular petrol-engined models will be particularly cheap to run, but they should still be competitive against models with similar performance. If you’re a business user, the e-Hybrid makes a good hot hatchback choice when it comes to company car tax thanks to its ability to drive on electric power alone and the lower CO2 emissions that brings. 

Overview

The Cupra Leon 310 estate is practical, surprisingly comfortable and quick, but we'd avoid the e-Hybrid 300, which is mediocre to drive by hot hatch standards, and the pure-petrol 300 hatchback.

  • Estate is very fast yet surprisingly comfortable
  • Plug-in hybrid offers cheap company car tax
  • 300 hatch is cheaper than an equivalent Golf GTI Clubsport
  • Not the last word in playful, engaging handling
  • Engines could sound more genuine
  • Fiddly infotainment system
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