Cupra Leon review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 interior infotainment
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 front right tracking
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 rear cornering
  • 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
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 front right tracking
  • Cupra Leon Hatchback 2021 rear cornering
  • 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
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

An entry-level Cupra Leon 245 will cost you a little less than a Circuit Pack-equipped Toyota GR Yaris. The 300 hatch costs a bit more than the Hyundai i30 N, but roughly the same as a Honda Civic Type R. Meanwhile, the 310 estate is more expensive than a Ford Focus ST Estate, but it's a much faster car with four-wheel drive – so that's hardly surprising. Remember you can check the best prices using the free What Car? New Car Deals pages.

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 benefit-in-kind tax, thanks to its ability to drive on electric power alone and the lower CO2 emissions that this brings. 

Overview

Avoid the plug-in hybrid version, which is mediocre to drive by hot hatchback standards. Even the pure petrol 300 hatchback is hard to recommend, given that you could have a Honda Civic Type R or Toyota Yaris GR for the same sort of money. The 310 estate makes much more sense, because it's the fastest Cupra Leon yet is practical and surprisingly comfortable.

  • Plug-in hybrid offers cheap company car tax
  • Estate is very fast yet surprisingly comfortable
  • 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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