SEAT Leon Cupra R Review

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SEAT Leon Review

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Many of the active safety items have already been covered but to summarise, they include ABS as standard on all models, while EDS and TCS described previously are available on SX models and above.

Many of the active safety items have already been covered but to summarise, they include ABS as standard on all models, while EDS and TCS described previously are available on SX models and above. Additionally the Leon Cupra R boasts EBA (emergency brake assist) and ESP (electronic stability program).
Comfort and Refinement

The Cupra R is a very easy car to access and the cabin is spacious with impressive head, leg and shoulder room in both the front and rear.

Our car was equipped with optional front Recaro seats, which we found to be supportive and the bolsters kept us in place, although for those of us with larger bottoms, rather snug. There is the option for leather upholstery with electric adjustment but we are not too keen on leather, as you tend to slide, when you want to stay put.

The three spoke leather steering wheel is adjustable for reach and rake and the front seats are adjustable for height enabling you to find the perfect driving position.

The level of refinement is high and includes electric windows all round, large front door bins, trip computer, climatronic air conditioning, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, outside temperature gauge, rpm counter, digital clock, auto lock/unlock doors, child locks, and sports gear knob.

How It Looks - Exterior

The lowered suspension, body kit and 18” wheels filling the wheel arches make the SEAT Leon Cupra R an aggressive predator. We think that the exterior of the car still has great road presence even though it has been around since 2000.

Undoubtedly, the best angle to view the Leon from is its rear. The tail has been set deliberately high with simple styling, a high-mounted, colour-coded rear spoiler and a steeply angled rear window. We love the large, boot-mounted 'S' badge, which doubles as the opening handle and hides the lock. It is damped, so that after use, it glides smoothly back into place. These styling touches make owning a Leon so much fun.

Cupra R models are easily distinguished by their more aggressive styling, deeper roof spoiler, body coloured door mouldings, honeycomb grille and the chromed exhaust tail pipe with SEAT Sport exhaust completing the look.

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SEAT Leon Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Leon Cupra R
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourPlatinum Grey Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph6.9 Seconds
Top Speed 150 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban22.6 mpg
Extra Urban42.8 mpg
Combined32.1 mpg
  
Insurance Group17A
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year or 60,000 mile (whichever comes first) warranty from date of first registration
Price (when tested on the 06/03/05)£18,055 OTR
Car as tested £18,380 including £325 for Metallic paint

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