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2017 Seat Leon Cupra R review - verdict

Seat's hottest hot hatch, the Leon Cupra R, has revised underpinnings and more power, but is it the best of its kind?

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Seat Leon Cupra R

The Leon Cupra R is wincingly expensive when compared with its direct rivals and is aesthetically divisive, but it’s also very well equipped and exclusive and offers a genuine dynamic improvement over the Cupra 300.

Even so, the driving experience is not on a par with that of the less expensive Honda Civic Type R, even though the two are well matched for outright performance. Truth be told, there’s a lightness to the Seat’s controls that holds you at arm's length, whereas the Honda draws you deeper into the driving experience.

Richard Lane


What Car? says...

Rated 3 out of 5


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Rivals:

Honda Civic Type R

Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance


Seat Leon Cupra R

Price Β£34,995 Engine 4cyl, 1984cc, turbo, petrol Power 306bhp at 5800-6500rpm Torque 280lb ft at 5800-6500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 5.8sec Top speed 155mph Economy 38.7mpg (official average) CO2, tax band 170g/km, 33%

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