Cupra Leon

WHAT IS IT?
This warm hatchback made use of to be known as the Seat Leon Cupra, however the Spanish carmaker’s fast badge has actually been teased out right into an entire sub-brand. It’s the new Cupra Leon, the hot hatchback previously called the Seat Leon Cupra.

We’ve always liked the quick Leons here– a bit extra power than a Volkswagen Golf GTI for a slightly lower cost. What’s not to such as regarding that? The Cupra badge has brought some brand-new difficulties, however, as well as it implies that the cars and truck has actually needed to come to be much more enthusiastic than just being a GTI alternative.

IS IT JUST THE ONE ENGINE STILL?
There are a host of choices to select from currently– turbocharged 2.0-litre fuels pumping out 242bhp or 296bhp, or a 1.4-litre plug-in crossbreed that integrates the efforts of a 148bhp engine as well as a 113bhp e-motor with 13kWh battery. All really modern-day.

The totally petrol engines come total with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated, while the PHEV cars and trucks get an equipment less. Oh, and there’s an estate version available as well, which features the electrified engine or a much more powerful 306bhp petrol and also four-wheel drive. The globe’s your oyster.

WHAT ABOUT THE NUMBERS?
If it’s pure rate you’re after, the additional power in the estate gets you from 0– 62mph in a tidy 4.9 seconds, while the 296bhp hatchback does it in 5.7 secs and also the PHEV hatch in a much more majestic 6.4 secs. Which is what a few hundred kilos of battery and electrical gubbins will do, truly.

The gasoline powered cars and truck is company customarily, if a little way too much on the practical side for our preferences. Which means the tax-dodging plug-in variation is going to be full-on socks ‘n’ sandals. With main lab test CO2 discharges of simply 32g/km, the Cupra Leon gets rock bottom tax obligation bands for both exclusive customers and business cars and truck customers.

Picking one of these might conserve you hundreds of pounds a year in tax obligation, and a few quid a week in gas. All of a sudden some slow-moving velocity could seem like a small cost to pay.

WHAT’S THE VERDICT?
” This Cupra is doing not have the edge to develop itself as a rewarding enhancement to the warm hatch hall of fame”
Cupra has only been around for five mins, yet it’s plainly a brand that’s suffering a little bit of an identification trouble– it’s just not clear what it’s really for. Quick plug-in hybrids are an unavoidable compromise, attempting to be the most effective of all globes, but inevitably falling short of any one of the objectives laid out.

Now, the typical Seat Leon eHybrid is a wonderful suggestion, it doesn’t make promises with sporty appearances and settings that the drive can’t maintain. Reality is, with the battery only lasting for 25 miles in the real life, the Cupra Leon eHybrid just isn’t a hot hatch sufficient of the time. If a Civic Type R or Focus RS got breathless after 25 miles, you would certainly desire your money back.

If you desire a spicy hot hatch after that clearly the more powerful 296bhp variation of the Cupra Leon is the one to go for, however also that feels like it has actually been held back. It’s a decent drive, with sharp handling as well as a stylish DSG gearbox, yet it does not have the flat-out appeal of opponents. It’s all a little bit too sensible. As well as if you were actually being reasonable you ‘d choose the plug-in alternative for its lower gas and also tax expenses. That’s not what these vehicles are supposed to be around, is it?