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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Seat Leon Cupra

Overall verdict
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.


Power and pace, handling balance, good amount of standard kit


Engine note can get droany, current lack of bright paint options


What is it?

It’s the most powerful road-going Seat ever. There are two body styles (three and five door) with two different power outputs – either 261bhp or 276bhp. Both use the VW Group’s 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol – the same one as in the Golf GTI – but Seat’s engineers have tweaked the boost pressure, altered the cylinder head and generally fiddled around under the bonnet to give all the extra power. Prices range from £25,960 to £28,865 – relatively good value, but not quite the bargain we’d hoped for.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TSI Cupra 290 5dr DSG
5.7s 154g/km 42.8 290 £29,795
The cheapest
1.2 TSI 110 SE 5dr
9.9s 114g/km 57.6 110 £17,645
The greenest
1.6 TDI Ecomotive S 5dr
10.5s 94g/km 78.5 110 £18,375
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