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SEAT Leon Cupra (2014–)

Last updated 11 February 2019

Great fun to drive with superb handling. Throaty exhaust note. Well equipped as standard.
More expensive than a Ford Focus ST.
Updated 25 July 2018

Report of clutch slip at 14,000 miles in a 2016 SEAT Leon Cupra.

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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 Leon is renowned for its impressive handling and the Cupra builds on that by injecting brutal acceleration with precise handling.

All models get 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.

The 280PS version was - when first launched - the most powerful production car SEAT had ever made and also the quickest with a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds for the DSG version.

Over time power was upped and by 2018, the Leon Cupra had 300PS and was available as both a hatchback or an estate and with 4Drive four-wheel drive too.

But the real star of the Cupra range is the limited edition Cupra R. Launched in 2017, only 24 were available in the UK, making it a rare sight. It has an uprated 310PS engine along with a manual gearbox plus extended wheelarches and bronze trim to make it stand out. It was a fitting finale before this became the Cupra Leon as part of Cupra's spin-off as a separate brand.

SEAT Leon ST Cupra 2015 Road Test

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