Speed Week: The Hot Hatches
Aspirational, affordable, and with blistering performance. And perfect for the school run. What more could you possibly want?
Posted: 28 Jul 2014
Once upon a time, the Cupra was forced to make do with the Golf GTI's old underpants. But thanks to the economics of modern carmaking, it now shares all the shiny new stuff with Volkswagen. So it's built on the same MQB architecture as the new Golf and has the same 2.0-litre turbo, in this case turned up to 276bhp. This pulls it away from the GTI and places it much closer to the Golf R with which it competes here. Yet to make sure it doesn't embarrass its corporate superior, it sticks with front-wheel drive, rather than four, though it does get a mechanical limited-slip diff. Good.