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8/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Seat Leon Cupra

£17,645£33,040
8/10
Overall verdict
Not as cheap as you’d expect, but still one of the best hot hatches on sale.
 

For: 

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

Against: 

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

Overview

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 290 Cupra Lux [EZ] 5dr DSG
4.4s 152g/km 42.2 290 £30,635
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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