Cupra Leon 2.0 TSI 300 VZ3 5dr DSG Review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Version review

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Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 front right tracking
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  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 interior dashboard
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 interior rear seats
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 interior infotainment
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 front right tracking
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 rear tracking
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 front right static
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 rear left static
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 right tracking
  • Cupra Leon Estate 2021 right tracking
  • Cupra Leon Estate 2021 rear right tracking
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 interior front seats
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 interior driver display
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 interior detail
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 front light detail
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 rear lights detail
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 boot open
  • Cupra Leon Estate 2021 boot open
RRP £40,485What Car? Target Price£39,893
Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors

Avoid the plug-in hybrid Cupra Leon, which is mediocre to drive by hot hatch standards, and the pure petrol 300 hatchback. The 310 estate makes much more sense, because it's practical, surprisingly comfortable and the quickest Leon available.

Top VZ3 spec brings leather seats (heated in the front) with electric adjustment and memory settings for the driver, and wireless phone charging, but we don't think it's worth the extra over the VZ2.

The 2.0 TSI 300 has performance aplenty, as you’d expect given the headline power figure. It isn't just the swift 0-62mph time of 5.7sec that impresses; you don’t have to work the engine at all hard for it to feel potent, making it pleasingly muscular even if you're only trundling along. If you need to overtake, it’ll leapfrog slower-moving traffic after a momentary pause from the automatic gearbox. Make no mistake, this is a fast car.


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Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH5.7 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

37.2

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

380

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

172

g/km