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71 CUPRA Leon 2.0 TSI VZ1 5dr DSG

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£424 Deposit
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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

CUPRA drive profile selection with 4 modes (Comfort/Cupra/Sport/Individual), throttle response and gearshift modeDigital cockpit
Electro mechanical speed sensitive power steeringFour 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 assistPark 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

Engine/Drivetrain/Suspension

Sports suspensionXDS 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 sideRear 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, perforated steering wheel and gearshift paddles
Cupra sports pedalsDriver/passenger manual seat height adjustment
Dust/pollen filterFolding boot cover
Front and rear reading lights X 4Front centre armrest
Front seats manual lumbar adjustmentHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated interior front door sillsInterior lighting
ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage pointsLuggage tie-down hooks
PVC/Cloth upholstery with copper stitching + Cupra embossed logo on headrestSports bucket seats
Storage pockets on rear of front seatsSunvisors with illuminated mirror
Three zone climate controlWraparound lighting

Packs

Media 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

18" Machined sport black and silver alloy wheels with 92Y tyresSpace saver spare wheel and jack
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH172WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High154WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High136
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low245WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium162

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1984Compression Ratio9.6:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)92.8
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears7 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb7.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL7.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High6WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low10.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium7.2WLTP - MPG - Comb39.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH37.2WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL39.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High41.5WLTP - MPG - High47.1
WLTP - MPG - Low26.2WLTP - MPG - Medium39.2

General

Badge Engine CC2Badge Power245
Coin DescriptionTSICoin SeriesVZ1
Generation Mark4Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0728E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %91NCAP Child Occupant Protection %88
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %71
NCAP Safety Assist %80Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)6.4Engine Power - BHP245
Engine Power - KW180Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5250Engine Torque - LBS.FT273
Engine Torque - MKG37.7Engine Torque - NM370
Engine Torque - RPM1600Top Speed155

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleWLTPRDE Certification LevelRDE 2

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front225/40 R18Tyre Size Rear225/40 R18
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleMACHINED SPORT
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1442Length4398
Wheelbase2683Width1799
Width (including mirrors)1992 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1970
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380Max. Loading Weight560
Minimum Kerbweight1410No. 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

The CUPRA Leon is a force to be reckoned with, thinks Jonathan Crouch

Ten Second Review

The CUPRA Leon might not be the stand alone CUPRA hot hatch model we'd hoped for but it does offer a very appealing and satisfyingly sophisticated lower priced alternative to a fast Volkswagen Golf or Audi A3. This Spanish shopping rocket comes with a choice of conventional petrol turbo or PHEV powertrains.

Background

For about as long as many of us care to remember, a SEAT Leon Cupra was a cheaper way to get into a Golf GTI. Okay, so you had to put up with an interior that was notably less attractive, but in the way it drove it was pretty much identical. Same engine and running gear, same great way it went up the road - you just paid less. These days, the Leon has stepped out from the long shadow cast by the Golf GTI and has got a bit Rafa Nadal on us. All bulging biceps and attitude, the CUPRA Leon has us all in a bit of a spin. In theory, it's a hot hatch from a fresh brand, CUPRA being a marque created by SEAT in 2018 for its sporting models. In practice though, this car functions as the flagship variant for the latest SEAT Leon range and can be had with either faster versions of that car's 2.0-litre TSI petrol turbo engine or a quicker tuned-up take on the e-Hybrid PHEV powertrain also familiar to Leon customers. So really, it's a Leon CUPRA, not a CUPRA Leon, but that's being pedantic. What's more important is what this car is like. And here, we're going to find out.

Driving Experience

The Leon Cupra has some form line. There's never been a duff one and the latest CUPRA version of this Spanish hot hatch comes with real giant-killing ability. Various engines are on offer and in every case, you have to have your unit of choice linked to a 7-speed DSG twin clutch auto paddleshift gearbox. Most customers will be choosing either a hatch or an estate with one of two available (but very different) 245PS powertrains. There's a conventional 2.0 TSI petrol turbo unit. Or a clever 1.4-litre petrol/electric PHEV plug-in e-HYBRID engine which can travel up to 32 miles between charges and manages 62mph in 6.7s en route to 140mph. Think of these variants as alternatives to Volkswagen's Golf GTI and Golf GTE (all the same mechanicals feature). If you want your CUPRA Leon with even more zip, you'll need to get the conventional 2.0-litre TSI turbo unit in uprated tune - similar to the sort of thing you'd find in a Golf R. There are two options - a front-driven hatch model with 300PS. Or a '4Drive' 4x4 estate with 310PS which makes 62mph in 4.8s en route to 155mph. Whatever CUPRA Leon model you choose, it should handle well. SEAT's engineers have revamped the previous model's electric power steering system and say it's the 'most progressive feeling' rack they've ever delivered. The ride has been lowered by 25mm at the front and by 20mm at the rear over a standard Leon. Plus on most models there's a standard DCC adaptive damping system to vary ride quality based on your choice from a range of drive modes. Stopping power's taken care of by a larger set of Brembo 370mm disc brakes gripped by copper-coloured calipers.

Design and Build

Any Leon that wears a Cupra badge has to dose up the attitude a degree and this CUPRA Leon looks really gym-toned. 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 18 or 19-inch black alloy wheels with either copper or silver finishes. 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 treadplates in the front doors and 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. And a 380-litre boot in the hatch (it's 617-litres in the estate). That's for the conventionally-engined models; for the PHEV e-HYBRID hatch and Estate derivatives, the figures are 270 and 470-litres respectively.

Market and Model

From launch, four trim levels were on offer - 'VZ1', 'VZ2', 'First Edition' and 'VZ3'. All models get, amongst other things, full-LED headlights, sports suspension, a reversing camera and the SEAT Digital cockpit with an interactive driver display screen and a 10-inch central infotainment monitor. All that comes with base 'VZ1' trim, priced from around £31,500, but with that spec level, you're restricted to the hatch body style and the conventional 2.0 TSI 245PS engine, so you'll probably want to upgrade yourself at least as far as 'VZ2'-spec, which gives you the option of both body shapes and the e-HYBRID powertrain if you want it (priced from around £34,500). 'VZ2' models add DCC dynamic chassis control, speed-sensitive steering, larger 19-inch alloy wheels and (on the Estate) roof rails too. The flagship 'VZ3' model is priced from just over £36,000 and adds petrol blue Nappa leather bucket seats, a heated steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charging pad. If you want the 300PS 2.0 TSI model, you'll need from around £36,000 and there are two trim levels - 'VZ2' and 'VZ3'. 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

Owners of previous generation Leon CUPRAs will look incredulously at the WLTP efficiency stats of the e-HYBRID version of this current model - up to 217.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 30g/km of CO2 for the hatch version which. For the CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID Estate, it's up to 201.8mpg and up to 31g/km. Insurance is group 30E or 31E. Powering a PHEV CUPRA Leon up from a domestic socket would take around five hours, but most owners will want to find an extra few hundred pounds to install a wallbox charger in their garages. Use such a wallbox - or indeed plug in to one of the many public charging points springing up around the country - and you'll be able to reduce your charging time period from empty to around four hours. Once that's been done, a PHEV CUPRA Leon can travel up to 32 miles on a single charge. Which means that if the vehicle is only used for short commutes and re-charged regularly overnight, it's conceivable that this electrified Spanish hot hatch could be run almost entirely on off-peak electricity, costing pennies rather than pounds to consume. More relevant comparisons between old and new generation Leon CUPRAs should of course be made by considering the more conventional 2.0 TSI CUPRA Leon models - here, think around 38mpg on the combined cycle and about 170g/km of CO2; that's for the 245PS front driven version. The 300PS variant manages up to 37.2mpg and up to 171g/km.

Summary

There's never been a CUPRA-badged Leon quite like this one. For some hot hatch customers, the idea of being able to combine storming performance with the all-electric drive capability of the e-HYBRID variant will be novel. Others will want to stick to the familiar 2.0-litre petrol turbo formula of the more conventional derivatives. It's true that most of what's on offer here can also be had in differently packaged form with either a Skoda Octavia vRS, a Golf GTI, a Golf R or an Audi S3. But the CUPRA Leon has a slightly more dynamic look and feel than any of those cars - closer to an old-school hot hatch if you like. If that kind of twist on the usual Volkswagen Group shopping rocket confection appeals, we think you'll bond quickly with this Iberian road burner.

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

* 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£424
Deposit£424
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate3.85%
Cash price£30,995
Credit amount£29,071
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£11,922.50
Total amount payable£34,203.50
Cupra deposit£1500
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.4p per mile
Representative APR3.9%
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