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21 CUPRA Leon 1.4 eHybrid VZ3 5dr DSG

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£505 deposit
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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Cruise control with speed limiterCUPRA drive profile selection with 4 modes (Comfort/Cupra/Sport/Individual), throttle response and gearshift mode
Digital cockpitFour x USB Type C ports
Front assist with forward collision warning braking reaction to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclistsFull link smartphone integration with Mirror Link, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Google Android Auto
Lane keeping systemPark assist (inc front/rear parking sensors)
Rear view cameraRPM, trip computer, outside temp gauge, instrument light brightness, low fuel warning light, lights on reminder, gearshift indicator
Service interval indicatorStart/stop system with regenerative braking
Wireless phone charger 

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

10 amp mode 2 charging cableStandard suspension
XDS electronic differential lock and dynamic traction support 

Entertainment

7 speakersAuxiliary input socket

Exterior Features

Auto dimming rear view mirrorBody colour door handles
Body coloured bumpersCupra sports bumpers
Dark tinted rear windowsElectric front/rear windows
Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrorsLED front fog lamps with cornering function
LED headlights and tail lights with dynamic turn signals, welcome light silhouette from exterior mirrors and dynamic headlight range controlLED rear fog lamp
Rain sensing wipersRear coast to coast lighting
Rear diffuser with twin exhaust pipe on each side with simulated exhaustsRear wash/wipe
Separate daytime running light with automatic headlight control and coming home feature 

Interior Features

12v power supply in centre console5 headrests
60/40 split rear bench seat with armrestAmbient lighting in door trim
Black headliningCUPRA Leather flat bottomed, heated, perforated steering and gearshift paddles
Cupra sports pedalsDust/pollen filter
Folding boot coverFront and rear reading lights X 4
Front centre armrestGenuine nappa leather upholstery with copper stitching + Cupra embossed logo on headrest
Heated front seatsHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated interior front door sillsInterior lighting
ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage pointsLuggage tie-down hooks
Powered driver seat with memory and manual height adjustment for passengerPowered lumbar adjustment on driver side, manual on passenger side
Sports bucket seatsStorage pockets on rear of front seats
Sunvisors with illuminated mirrorThree zone climate control
Tool kitWraparound lighting

Packs

Dynamic and comfort pack - Leon CupraMedia system plus with navigation pack - Leon Cupra

Passive Safety

3 point seatbelts on all rear seatsABS
Brake control system - ESC and brake boosterChild proof door locks
Cupra black brake calipersDriver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de-activation, front side and curtain airbags
Electronic parking brakeExtended safety system - seat belt tensioner, window closure and hazard lights
Hill hold controlRear disc brakes
Seat belt reminder for front and rear seatsTiredness recognition system
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

Anti theft alarm system with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protectionKESSY Advanced - Keyless start, keyless entry
Lockable tailgateLocking wheel bolts

Trim

Chrome and copper interior detailing 

Wheels

19" Aerodynamic machined sport black and silver alloy wheels with 91Y tyresEmergency tyre repair kit
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh12.8Battery Charge Slow kW2.3
Battery Charge Slow Percentage0-100Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)348
Battery Charge Fast kW3.6Battery Charge Fast Percentage0-100
Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)222Battery TypeLithium-ion
Coupler/Connector TypeType 2WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb15.4
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb4.03WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb15.4
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max15.9WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min15.1
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb4WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max3.9
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min4.1WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb52
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb32 

Emissions - ICE

NOx0.011Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb145WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High155
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High124WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low200
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium124WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb30
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max32WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min30

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1395Compression Ratio10.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)74.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)80
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb6.4WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High6.8
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High5.5WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low8.8
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium5.5WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb44.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High41.5WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High51.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low32.1WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium51.4
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb1.3WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max1.4
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min1.3WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb217.3
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max201.8WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min217.3

General

Alternative Fuel QualifyingTrueBadge Engine CC1.4
Badge Power245Coin DescriptioneHybrid
Coin SeriesVZ3Generation Mark4
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)6.7Engine Power - BHP245
Engine Power - KW180Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5000Engine Torque - LBS.FT295
Engine Torque - MKG40.8Engine Torque - NM400
Engine Torque - RPM1550Top Speed140

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front235/35 R19
Tyre Size Rear235/35 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleAERODYNAMIC MACHINED SPORTWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1467Length4398
Wheelbase2682Width1799

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)40Gross Vehicle Weight2070
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)270Max. Loading Weight474
Minimum Kerbweight1596No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.5
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

CUPRA Leon e-Hybrid

Will the CUPRA Leon be as appealing in e-Hybrid PHEV form? Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

The CUPRA Leon is a different sort of hot hatch - very different in the case of this PHEV e-Hybrid version. This is an unusual confection, but it deserves serious consideration from anyone prioritising performance with efficiency and wanting something just a little different in this segment.

Background

Hot hatches can these days be very socially responsible - and if you doubt that, here's one that sets out to change your mind - the CUPRA Leon e-Hybrid. The name here may not be familiar, but the engineering formula delivered may well be. Ever since 2015, Volkswagen's sporty Golf GTE has offered a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine mated to an electric motor powered by lithium-ion battery that gives limited all-electric driving range. In more recent years, this more dynamic take on the PHEV plug-in formula has been replicated in similar products by two other VW Group brands; Skoda, who these days can offer you a plug-in version of their Octavia vRS. And CUPRA, who've brought us this CUPRA Leon e-Hybrid. The Golf and the Octavia both also offer this PHEV powerplant in 204PS form, but that's a bit of a weedy output for a car looking like this one, so this Spanish contender limits itself to the Golf GTE-style 245PS version of this powertrain. How does it fare?

Driving Experience

This CUPRA may have a socially responsible powertrain but it still wants to be a hot hatch. Like other more conventional CUPRA Leons, this one get sports suspension lowered by 25mm at the front and 20mm at the rear. And a set of drive modes - 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'CUPRA', the latter for those red mist moments. These set-ups determine throttle response, gearshift timings from the DSG 7-speed auto, steering feel and the level of artificial engine noise you'll want pumped into the cabin. An extra 'Individual' menu option allows you to set your own parameters if you don't like the pre-set ones. Under the bonnet, it's just as in a Golf GTE, which means a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine is mated to a 6-speed DSG auto gearbox and an 85kW electric motor powered by a 13kWh lithium-ion battery with a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range quoted at 34 miles. Which of course you won't get anywhere near if you explore the quoted all-electric top speed of 80mph or start trying to throw the thing around too much (an extra kerb weight addition of up to 60kgs over a conventionally-engined CUPRA Leon discourages you a bit from doing that anyway). There's 400Nm of torque on tap, which facilitates a 0-62mph time of 6.7s (7.0s for the estate) en route to 140mph flat out. Sensible family motoring was never quite as fun as this.

Design and Build

Apart from an extra charging flap on the offside front wing, there are no significant visual changes differentiating this e-Hybrid variant from other CUPRA Leons. So, like its showroom stablemates, this car looks really gym-toned in its two offered body shapes - there's a five-door hatch and an Estate. The CUPRA logo sits boldly on the front grille, with a large front splitter and big air intakes highlighting this car's assertive look. There are side skirts that visually lower the vehicle and you get CUPRA-specific 19-inch black alloy wheels with black and silver finishing. The dark chrome front grille frame, front wings and exterior side mirrors contrast with the various model-specific body colour options. Inside, there are sporty bucket seats and a CUPRA steering wheel, which houses the engine start and driver mode selection button. You also get an interactive digital driver display to replace conventional binnacle dials. And as with other Leons, there's a large, central 10-inch infotainment touchscreen that reduces the button count. This look is further accentuated by the vehicle's compact DSG shifter. Throughout the interior, the copper and dark chrome detailing brings a sense of drama, with the dashboard and door mouldings finished in brushed dark aluminium and illuminated CUPRA tread plates in the front doors, plus there are colour coded door panels and seats. Otherwise, it's much as in any other Leon. There's comfortable room for a couple of adults in the back. As usual with a PHEV, you'll have to accept a little less boot space, which here falls from 380-litres in a normal CUPRA Leon to just 270-litres.

Market and Model

At the time of this test in Summer 2021, the Leon e-Hybrid hatch was priced in its most affordable 'VZ2' form from around £35,000 and in 'VZ3' 245PS guise from just under £37,000. Allow around £1,100 more for the alternative estate body style. That looks good value against rivals like Audi's A3 Sportback Sportback 40 TFSIe and the Mercedes CLA 250e. As for equipment, well base 'VZ2' models include DCC dynamic chassis control, speed-sensitive steering, 19-inch alloy wheels and (on the Estate) roof rails too. The flagship 'VZ3' model adds petrol blue Nappa leather bucket seats, a heated steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charging pad. Depending on the spec level chosen, there's plenty of autonomous driving tech and safety equipment too fitted across the range. Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses feeds from GPS data delivered from the navigation system and input from the front-mounted camera and Traffic Sign Recognition, allowing it to proactively adjust the cruise speed depending on the road layout ahead. When the road becomes more congested Traffic Jam Assist takes the stress out of driving, maintaining a safe distance to the vehicle in front. There's also an 'Emergency Assist' system that can bring the Leon to a controlled stop if you're taken ill at the wheel. And a 'Blind Spot Detection' system that alerts the driver to another vehicle in their blind spot.

Cost of Ownership

This CUPRA Leon e-Hybrid model boasts a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of up to 34 miles. And there's a 'hold' feature that allows you to save battery charge for urban motoring you might have to do later in any given trip. Of course, in deciding the budgetary case for this PHEV CUPRA, you will of course need to factor in charging costs, but if you get your charging regime right on off-peak electricity that'll hopefully cost pennies rather than pounds to consume, these bills shouldn't be too great. The combined range of the petrol and electric motor is around 660 miles, making a plug-in Leon CUPRA of this sort an ideal comfortable car for the really long journeys that would probably defeat full-EV models in this class like, say, a Kia EV5, a Hyundai IONIQ 5 or a BMW i4 - or CUPRA's own Born EV. And the electrified version of this CUPRA will charge much quicker than a full-EV: powering a PHEV CUPRA Leon up from a domestic socket would take around five hours, but using a garage wallbox, you'll be able to reduce your charging time period to around three and a half hours. Bear in mind that only a single Mode 3 charging cable is included as standard. The quoted WLTP combined cycle fuel return for a CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID Hatch model is up to 217.3mpg. For the Estate e-Hybrid variant, it's up to 201.8mpg. And the CO2 reading that'll see your BiK tax payments rated at just 11% is an impressive 30g/km; that's for the Hatch version - for the Estate variant, it's 31g/km. These are pie-in-the-sky figures of course. If you don't charge your CUPRA Leon e-Hybrid much and use a little of throttle, you'll be burning plenty of fuel - and possibly getting through quite a few sets of front tyres too.

Summary

Family folk who've dismissed the idea of a hot hatch on the basis of inefficient running costs might well like what CUPRA is serving up here. Yes, you can have pretty much the same confection offered as either a Volkswagen Golf GTE or a Skoda Octavia vRS, but those two cars will be a touch too conservative for the kind of person who'll like this Leon. It's a bit sportier than the Golf or the Octavia to drive too, though obviously not quite as agile as an ordinary CUPRA Leon. The extra weight of the PHEV system has to tell somewhere. That set-up also adds plenty to the bottom line asking price. But if you can justify that, there's plenty to like here. Being able to conduct nearly all your commuting duties under battery motion, then being able to let rip on the back road home under petrol power is an enticing combination of virtues. Particularly when it's packaged up like this. In a Leon like no other.

Performance
60%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
50%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
60%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
60%
Insurance
50%

* Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards.  Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£505
Deposit£505
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate2.85%
Cash price£36,995
Credit amount£34,990
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£13,554.87
Total amount payable£39,809.87
Cupra deposit£1500
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge12.0p per mile
Representative APR2.9%
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