The Seat Leon Cupra is a very rapid hot hatch, but it's not as precise or as much fun to drive as its best rivals. The estate is more satisfying, thanks to its standard four-wheel-drive system.get the best price
The Cupra is the sporty, performance trim and is only offered with the powerful, turbocharged 2.0-litre engine. Building on XCELLENCE, trim it adds adaptive dampers and a limited slip differential, while on the inside there's a leather sports steering wheel, part-Alcantara sports seats with embossed Cupra logos, alloy pedals and ambient LED lighting. It also features plenty of copper highlights to set it apart from the lesser Leons.
Engine: 2.0 TSI Cupra 300 Lux [EZ]
With 296bhp, the Cupra will hit 0-62mph in less than six seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox fitted, while the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic is even quicker. It’s a really strong engine that pulls hard from low revs, but does struggle to put its power on to the road smoothly. Opting for four-wheel drive helps address this, but it’s only available with the auto ‘box. Considering the performance on offer, the running costs are acceptable too.