Cupra Leon long-term test review: report 4

The new Cupra Leon is a hoot to drive and one of our favourite hot hatches, but what’s it like to live with on a daily basis? We’re finding out...

Cupra Leon

The car Cupra Leon 2.0 TSI 300 DSG VZ2 Run by Mark Pearson, used cars editor

Why it’s here To find out if this ultra-sporty Cupra Leon can cut it against some seriously good hot-hatch competition

Needs to Prove it’s more than just a pretty face. It must be both tremendous fun to drive and able to cope with all the usual work and family duties 


Mileage 3142 Price £35,575 Target price £35,229 Price as tested £36,155 Official economy 37.2mpg Test economy 34.9mpg 


30 November 2021 –  Putting the boot in

For a 155mph hot hatch, my Cupra Leon does the mundane very well. With a snug sports seat, a distinctly sporty engine note and nicely responsive steering, it always gives you a sense of its potential, even when you're travelling at urban speeds.

Indeed, I can think of few other cars with similar performance that are as easy to drive and own yet still offer that vital ‘sense of occasion’.

Cupra Leon LT

A recent trip to the tip highlighted its flexibility, too. There’s a little lip to load things over and a small step up rather than a completely flat boot floor when the rear seats are folded down, but neither of those stopped it swallowing a huge quantity of unwanted household goods.

You see, my car may have all the sporting addenda of a fast and virile hot hatch, but it has the heart and stomach of a mighty practical Leon. As all-rounders go, then, it's pretty great.

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