The interior layout, fit and finish
Getting comfortable behind the wheel of the Leon Cupra is easy. The steering wheel has a wide range of adjustment and the Alcantara-trimmed seat includes height and lumbar adjustment. Once the seat is set to your desired position, you’ll find that it holds you in place well when cornering and remains comfortable, even after a long drive. Upgrading to Cupra Lux trim brings even more substantially bolstered bucket seats.
The dashboard includes digital dials and is logically laid out to be easy to use. If you've spent time in other VW Group cars, you’ll spot plenty of familiar switches – this is a good thing, because they all work with admirable precision – and the interior as a whole feels well made, with tactile, soft-faced plastics in key locations. However, there are plenty of harder plastics dotted around, too, and if you’re looking for hot hatch flamboyance, there are none of the eye-catching touches that some rivals employ to brighten the mood – such as the Civic Type R’s bright red seats. Look hard and you’ll spot some Cupra logos, alloy pedals and ambient LED lighting, but still, it looks a little drab.
The infotainment system is much better than the Honda Civic Type R’s, although that car's setup is so bad that it’s not hard to improve on. The Cupra’s uses an 8.0in touchscreen that's generally quick to respond to your inputs, but the screen's graphics aren't as sharp as many of its rivals' – even the in-house ones, such as the Golf’s. Other annoyances are small icons that are hard to hit on the move, plus a lack of shortcut buttons to take you quickly from one menu to another.
Seat's Full Link is standard, adding Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (for operating your smartphone’s apps from the touchscreen). You also get a DAB radio, Bluetooth and built-in sat-nav as standard, plus wireless charging if you upgrade to Cupra Lux trim.