Cupra Leon review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Available fuel types:petrol, hybrid
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RRP £35,000What Car? Target Price from£34,476
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Introduction

What Car? says...

The Cupra Leon is a hot hatchback with a twist. And it’s a twist that it has pinched from the Porsche Panamera.

What are we on about? Well, the Panamera is a traditional, turbo-boosted petrol performance car thumping out masses of power, which, of course, makes it very, very fast. Yet the Panamera also comes as an uber-fast, plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that emits nothing from its exhaust pipe when it’s running on battery power alone. So, you still get the fun along with a clean conscience and a clean city. Marvellous.

The Cupra Leon is the first hot hatchback to pull off the same trick. You can order it as a PHEV, called the eHybrid, powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with an electric motor. The combination delivers up to 242bhp, which is the same power as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and, okay, it's a bit less than the Hyundai i30N Performance, Ford Focus ST or Renault Megane RS, but can any of those run for over 30 miles on battery power alone? No. But the Cupra Leon can.

If that sounds a bit nouveau for your taste then, as with the Panamera, you have some traditional alternatives. Actually, you’re spoilt for choice because the range will eventually include regular 2.0-litre turbocharged petrols with 242bhp (the same as the PHEV) or 296bhp, and a 306bhp four-wheel-drive estate. Yes, that’s right, the Cupra Leon also comes with a choice of body styles and two- or four-wheel drive.

So far we’ve driven only the PHEV, but there’s loads to tell you about both that and what we know about the rest of the range, so read on to learn more.

And remember, whichever hot hatch you plump for, be sure to head over to the What Car? New Car Buying service for a brilliant, hassle-free deal.

At a glance

Number of trims2 see more
Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you? petrol, hybrid
MPG range across all versions217.3 - 37.2
Avaliable doors options5
Company car tax at 20% (min/max)£769 / £2,698
Company car tax at 40% (min/max)£1,538 / £5,397

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