SEAT has enhanced its top of the range Leon Cupra R model by adding the award winning Smartnav satellite navigation system to its specification at no cost to the customer*.
The Smartnav system is extremely easy to use and its services are facilitated by Smartnav’s friendly Personal Assistants. The hardware for operation is discreetly fitted to the dashboard with minimal disruption to the interior trim. All that is visible is a small button to press for connection to the Smartnav PAs and two small aerials in the windscreen, one for GPS location and one for connection to the O2 GSM mobile phone network. The customer can also choose to have a small Touch Screen fitted, which can be used to request routes via postcode or favourite destinations in addition to connecting to the Smartnav PAs and provide additional visual directions.
The Smartnav system offers much more than basic route finding. Once the PA has established your route and downloaded it to you it will automatically inform you of any traffic delays on that route in real time. If an alternative route is feasible to avoid the delay, it will offer you the route to download if you wish. In addition, it offers a "find my nearest" service to help you locate cash points, fuel stations etc; a concierge service and an SOS function to act as a liaison with emergency or breakdown services if you are unfortunate enough to need them. A year’s subscription to RAC Trackstar is also included with the package, so if your car is stolen, the police will be able to locate it through the satellite network and return it to you via the RAC.
The Leon Cupra R has many other appealing features besides Smartnav. It’s the most powerful SEAT in the range with a 1.8 20V T 225 PS engine, and is the road going version of the race car used in the Smartnav SEAT Cupra Championship. Developed with SEAT Sport, it has very distinctive styling that sets it apart from the rest of the Leon range. Specially designed deeper bumpers, side skirts and spoilers, honeycomb grilles and 5-spoke 18" alloy wheels which display the Brembo brakes leave you in no doubt about its racing background. The interior also carries on the sporting theme with black trim throughout including the headlining, sports seats, carpets and door trims, broken up by touches of red in the stitching and badging. Equipment is generous too with climate control, electric windows and door mirrors, radio/CD player, six-speed gearbox, sports suspension, driver and passenger front and side airbags, ABS, EDS, TCS, ESP, EBA, volumetric alarm and trip computer all standard.
The Leon Cupra R with Smartnav has a recommended retail price of £18,055 on the road, including first registration fee, 12 months’ road tax, 3 years’/60,000 miles warranty, 12 years’ body protection warranty and 2 years’ SEAT Service Mobility roadside assistance valid in over 30 countries in Europe and its borders.
To read our in depth road test of the SEAT Leon Cupra R [ click here ]Published 18 July 2005