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CUPRA LEON ESTATE

2.0 TSI VZ2 5dr DSG 4Drive

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The CUPRA Leon is a force to be reckoned with, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Background

For about as long as many of us care to remember, a SEAT Leon Cupra was a cheaper way to get into a Golf GTI. Okay, so you had to put up with an interior that was notably less attractive, but in the way it drove it was pretty much identical. Same engine and running gear, same great way it went up the road - you just paid less. These days, the Leon has stepped out from the long shadow cast by the Golf GTI and has got a bit Rafa Nadal on us. All bulging biceps and attitude, the CUPRA Leon has us all in a bit of a spin. In theory, it's a hot hatch from a fresh brand, CUPRA being a marque created by SEAT in 2018 for its sporting models. In practice though, this car functions as the flagship variant for the latest SEAT Leon range and can be had with either faster versions of that car's 2.0-litre TSI petrol turbo engine or a quicker tuned-up take on the e-Hybrid PHEV powertrain also familiar to Leon customers. So really, it's a Leon CUPRA, not a CUPRA Leon, but that's being pedantic. What's more important is what this car is like. And here, we're going to find out.

Driving Experience

The Leon Cupra has some form line. There's never been a duff one and the latest CUPRA version of this Spanish hot hatch comes with real giant-killing ability. Various engines are on offer and in every case, you have to have your unit of choice linked to a 7-speed DSG twin clutch auto paddleshift gearbox. Most customers will be choosing either a hatch or an estate with one of two available (but very different) 245PS powertrains. There's a conventional 2.0 TSI petrol turbo unit. Or a clever 1.4-litre petrol/electric PHEV plug-in e-HYBRID engine which can travel up to 32 miles between charges and manages 62mph in 6.7s en route to 140mph. Think of these variants as alternatives to Volkswagen's Golf GTI and Golf GTE (all the same mechanicals feature). If you want your CUPRA Leon with even more zip, you'll need to get the conventional 2.0-litre TSI turbo unit in uprated tune - similar to the sort of thing you'd find in a Golf R. There are two options - a front-driven hatch model with 300PS. Or a '4Drive' 4x4 estate with 310PS which makes 62mph in 4.8s en route to 155mph. Whatever CUPRA Leon model you choose, it should handle well. SEAT's engineers have revamped the previous model's electric power steering system and say it's the 'most progressive feeling' rack they've ever delivered. The ride has been lowered by 25mm at the front and by 20mm at the rear over a standard Leon. Plus on most models there's a standard DCC adaptive damping system to vary ride quality based on your choice from a range of drive modes. Stopping power's taken care of by a larger set of Brembo 370mm disc brakes gripped by copper-coloured calipers.

Design and Build

Any Leon that wears a Cupra badge has to dose up the attitude a degree and this CUPRA Leon looks really gym-toned. The CUPRA logo sits boldly on the front grille, with a large front splitter and big air intakes highlighting this car's assertive look. There are side skirts that visually lower the vehicle and you get CUPRA-specific 18 or 19-inch black alloy wheels with either copper or silver finishes. The dark chrome front grille frame, front wings and exterior side mirrors contrast with the various model-specific body colour options. Inside, there are sporty bucket seats and a CUPRA steering wheel, which houses the engine start and driver mode selection button. You also get an interactive digital driver display to replace conventional binnacle dials. And as with other Leons, there's a large, central 10-inch infotainment touchscreen that reduces the button count. This look is further accentuated by the vehicle's compact DSG shifter. Throughout the interior the copper and dark chrome detailing brings a sense of drama, with the dashboard and door mouldings finished in brushed dark aluminium and illuminated CUPRA treadplates in the front doors and colour coded door panels and seats. Otherwise, it's much as in any other Leon. There's comfortable room for a couple of adults in the back. And a 380-litre boot in the hatch (it's 617-litres in the estate). That's for the conventionally-engined models; for the PHEV e-HYBRID hatch and Estate derivatives, the figures are 270 and 470-litres respectively.

Market and Model

From launch, four trim levels were on offer - 'VZ1', 'VZ2', 'First Edition' and 'VZ3'. All models get, amongst other things, full-LED headlights, sports suspension, a reversing camera and the SEAT Digital cockpit with an interactive driver display screen and a 10-inch central infotainment monitor. All that comes with base 'VZ1' trim, priced from around £31,500, but with that spec level, you're restricted to the hatch body style and the conventional 2.0 TSI 245PS engine, so you'll probably want to upgrade yourself at least as far as 'VZ2'-spec, which gives you the option of both body shapes and the e-HYBRID powertrain if you want it (priced from around £34,500). 'VZ2' models add DCC dynamic chassis control, speed-sensitive steering, larger 19-inch alloy wheels and (on the Estate) roof rails too. The flagship 'VZ3' model is priced from just over £36,000 and adds petrol blue Nappa leather bucket seats, a heated steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charging pad. If you want the 300PS 2.0 TSI model, you'll need from around £36,000 and there are two trim levels - 'VZ2' and 'VZ3'. Depending on the spec level chosen, there's plenty of autonomous driving tech and safety equipment too fitted across the range. Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses feeds from GPS data delivered from the navigation system and input from the front-mounted camera and Traffic Sign Recognition, allowing it to proactively adjust the cruise speed depending on the road layout ahead. When the road becomes more congested Traffic Jam Assist takes the stress out of driving, maintaining a safe distance to the vehicle in front. There's also an 'Emergency Assist' system that can bring the Leon to a controlled stop if you're taken ill at the wheel. And a 'Blind Spot Detection' system that alerts the driver to another vehicle in their blind spot.

Cost of Ownership

Owners of previous generation Leon CUPRAs will look incredulously at the WLTP efficiency stats of the e-HYBRID version of this current model - up to 217.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 30g/km of CO2 for the hatch version which. For the CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID Estate, it's up to 201.8mpg and up to 31g/km. Insurance is group 30E or 31E. Powering a PHEV CUPRA Leon up from a domestic socket would take around five hours, but most owners will want to find an extra few hundred pounds to install a wallbox charger in their garages. Use such a wallbox - or indeed plug in to one of the many public charging points springing up around the country - and you'll be able to reduce your charging time period from empty to around four hours. Once that's been done, a PHEV CUPRA Leon can travel up to 32 miles on a single charge. Which means that if the vehicle is only used for short commutes and re-charged regularly overnight, it's conceivable that this electrified Spanish hot hatch could be run almost entirely on off-peak electricity, costing pennies rather than pounds to consume. More relevant comparisons between old and new generation Leon CUPRAs should of course be made by considering the more conventional 2.0 TSI CUPRA Leon models - here, think around 38mpg on the combined cycle and about 170g/km of CO2; that's for the 245PS front driven version. The 300PS variant manages up to 37.2mpg and up to 171g/km.

Summary

There's never been a CUPRA-badged Leon quite like this one. For some hot hatch customers, the idea of being able to combine storming performance with the all-electric drive capability of the e-HYBRID variant will be novel. Others will want to stick to the familiar 2.0-litre petrol turbo formula of the more conventional derivatives. It's true that most of what's on offer here can also be had in differently packaged form with either a Skoda Octavia vRS, a Golf GTI, a Golf R or an Audi S3. But the CUPRA Leon has a slightly more dynamic look and feel than any of those cars - closer to an old-school hot hatch if you like. If that kind of twist on the usual Volkswagen Group shopping rocket confection appeals, we think you'll bond quickly with this Iberian road burner.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions186.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • CUPRA drive profile selection with 4 modes (Comfort/Cupra/Sport/Individual), throttle response and gearshift mode
  • Digital cockpit
  • Four x USB Type C ports
  • Front assist with forward collision warning braking reaction to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
  • Full link smartphone integration with Mirror Link, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Google Android Auto
  • Lane keeping system
  • Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors)
  • Rear view camera
  • RPM, trip computer, outside temp gauge, instrument light brightness, low fuel warning light, lights on reminder, gearshift indicator
  • Service interval indicator
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking

Entertainment

  • 7 speakers
  • Auxiliary input socket

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cupra sports bumpers
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
  • Gloss black roof rails
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • LED headlights and tail lights with dynamic turn signals, welcome light silhouette from exterior mirrors and dynamic headlight range control
  • LED rear fog lamp
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear coast to coast lighting
  • Rear diffuser with splitter and oval quad exhaust pipes
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Separate daytime running light with automatic headlight control and coming home feature

Interior Features

  • 12v power supply in centre console
  • 12v socket in loadspace
  • 5 headrests
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat with armrest
  • Ambient lighting in door trim
  • Black headlining
  • Cupra sports pedals
  • CUPRA Supersports, heated steering wheel with satellite buttons
  • Driver/passenger manual seat height adjustment
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Front and rear reading lights X 4
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front seats manual lumbar adjustment
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated interior front door sills
  • Interior lighting
  • ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
  • Luggage tie-down hooks
  • PVC/Cloth upholstery with copper stitching + Cupra embossed logo on headrest
  • Sliding boot cover
  • Sports bucket seats
  • Storage pockets on rear of front seats
  • Sunvisors with illuminated mirror
  • Three zone climate control
  • Wraparound lighting

Packs

  • Dynamic and comfort pack - Leon Cupra
  • Media system plus with navigation pack - Leon Cupra
  • Safety and driving pack (XL) - Cupra leon

Safety

  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • ABS
  • Brake control system - ESC and brake booster
  • Child proof door locks
  • Cupra black brake calipers
  • Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de-activation, front side and curtain airbags
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Extended safety system - seat belt tensioner, window closure and hazard lights
  • Hill hold control
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm system with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
  • KESSY Advanced - Keyless start, keyless entry
  • Lockable tailgate
  • Locking wheel bolts

Technical

  • Sports suspension
  • XDS electronic differential lock and dynamic traction support

Trim

  • Chrome and copper interior detailing

Wheels

  • 19" Machined sport black and silver alloy wheels with 91Y tyres
  • Space saver spare wheel and jack

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.008
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    283
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    186

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1984
  • Compression Ratio
    9.3:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.8
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    12.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    8.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    22.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    34.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2
  • Badge Power
    310
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TSI
  • Coin Series
    VZ2
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    33E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    88
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    80
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    310
  • Engine Power - KW
    228
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5450
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    2000
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    Yes
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Style
    MACHINED SPORT
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1437
  • Length
    4657
  • Wheelbase
    2683
  • Width
    1799
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1992

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    55
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2140
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    620
  • Max. Loading Weight
    575
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1900
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1565
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.5
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

Oliver Blayney

"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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Ollie Emery

Ollie Emery

"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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