As with the other Leon's, the rear door handles are ‘hidden’, adjacent to the rear quarter-lights giving the car a coupe look. The centre of the rear bumper is scooped out in a similar fashion to that at the front. At the back, this taken up by black moulding above the oval tailpipe, which is said to resemble a diffuser as used on the WTCC and BTCC racers, as a reflection of the Cupra’s lineage. And, to reiterate its sportiness, the Cupra sits some 14mm lower than the rest of the range, with the exception of the FR (7mm lower).
Because this car needs no introduction and in an almost arrogant way, the word LEON that usually appears at the centre of the boot lid merely says CUPRA.
Just like the FR, the Cupra’s interior features racing-style, sports seats at the front, providing plenty of support and a surprising amount of comfort. The red stitching is not too blatant and serves to break up the darkness of the cabin as almost all the surfaces, including the roof lining is in black. Both the FR and the Cupra have their own logos, which are to be found emblazoned on the seats and steering wheel, amongst other places.
Sitting behind the rake- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, the Cupra branding is restated by the distinctive, white-faced dials. Centre-stage is given over to the rev-counter, which features a bold dark centre and a heavy red band at the end of the rev range the blends into a red and black chequered pattern.
The dashboard is the same as in the other models and is dominated by a large centre console in a dark metallic finish and angled towards the drive. The layout is simple and tidy with standard features including; dual-zone climate control, air conditioning and a radio/CD player with MP3 compatibility and secondary controls on the steering wheel.
There are a number of audio and communication options available, such as the Bluetooth pack for £250, which includes hands-free ’phone connection, steering wheel controls and an upgraded display. There’s also a choice of USB or iPod connectivity (£75), either of which must be ordered if you want Satellite-Navigation with Bluetooth (minus MP3) for £1,595.
As a 5-door, the three rear seats are easily accessed and, although not as contoured as those in the front, are nonetheless comfortable. Legroom is limited but adequate. The rear seats have a 60:40 split and fold function, which, when taken advantage of, increases the load capacity from 341-litres to a maximum of 1,166 litres.
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