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SEAT Leon Cupra (2014–)

Last updated 20 March 2018

Great fun to drive with superb handling. Throaty exhaust note. Well equipped as standard.
More expensive than a Ford Focus ST.
Updated 9 December 2016

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Introduction

The 2014 Leon Cupra is the latest chapter in SEAT’s successful range of performance cars. However, much has changed with the 2014 edition and it is a more grown up car in comparison to its predecessor.

The brash wheel arches and colour schemes have been replaced with a toned down design and from a distance you’d be hard pressed to tell the Cupra apart from the standard Leon. Yet, under the bonnet, the new Cupra is still highly potent and tremendous fun.

The 280PS version is the most powerful production car SEAT has ever made and is also the quickest with a 0-62mph time of 5.8 seconds for the manual and 5.7 seconds for the DSG version. Both versions have an impressive 350Nm of torque that peaks from just 1750rpm. Despite all that power and performance, officially economy is 42.8mpg for manual models.

SEAT's new Leon has already been praised for its impressive handling and the Cupra builds on that by injecting brutal acceleration with precise handling. All models benefit from a mechanical multi-clutch front axle differential lock, a progressive steering system that sharpens turn-in plus a DCC dynamic chassis control system that alters the suspension settings between a sportier or more comfort-oriented set-up.

To make it stand out from the standard Leon, the Cupra 265 gets a new 18-inch alloy wheel design, a restyled front end with larger air intakes and full-LED headlights as standard. At the back there's a diffuser with dual oval exhaust pipes. The Cupra 280 goes one better with unique 19-inch titanium alloys and an aerodynamic pack which includes a rear spoiler and Cupra lettering on the red brake callipers.

SEAT Leon ST Cupra 2015 Road Test

 

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