The Cupra is a welcome addition to the SEAT Leon range, it is not as raw as the old SEAT Leon Cupra R
Our test car was fitted with the Convenience Pack (optional extra) which comprises of rain sensitive wipers, auto lights and auto dipping rear view mirror, well worth the £195 price tag.
Colour Satellite Navigation with Bluetooth telephone control was fitted to our test car and we feel that this is quite an expensive option at £1595. It was disappointing that you could not use post codes for destination entry and the map rendering is not amongst the best. Plus you have to make the choice between listening to a CD or using Satellite Navigation as there is only one CD slot. The Bluetooth telephone integration worked well enabling you to make and receive telephone calls, using speech control hands free wand your phone book can be transferred to the car.
We also benefited from the £90 iPod integration which allows you to plug your iPod into a socket under the drivers SEAT and have control over it via the stereo controls.
On a security front the doors automatically lock at 6mph when you drive off. There are deadlocks on all the doors including the rear hatch, an alarm and immobiliser.
There are six airbags as standard and for an extra £185 you can have rear seat side airbags, which really should be standard.
From a design perspective we like the SEAT Leon Cupra it is very striking especially in 'Candy White' with black alloys and red brake callipers. The interior is a little spartan but remains functional, we do like the back lit instrument panel, which is clear to read during the day and restful on the eye at night. The Leon Cupra branding runs throughout the car with branded seats, gear lever and instrument panel.
The Cupra is a welcome addition to the SEAT Leon range, it is not as raw as the old SEAT Leon Cupra R, it has evolved into a more refined car but still delivers outstanding performance making it a better all round proposition. The SEAT Leon Cupra comes highly recommended.14 February 2008
SEAT Leon Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||SEAT Leon Cupra|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||6.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||153 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||43.5 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4|
|Price (when tested on the 14/02/08)||£19,695|