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Brand New 18 Plate SEAT Leon2.0 TSI Cupra 300 3dr DSG

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzer8" touch screen
Bluetooth Handsfree Phone ConnectionFront parking sensors
Full Link App interfaceLow fuel warning light
Outside temperature gaugeProgressive power assisted steering
Rear parking sensorsRemote fuel flap release
SEAT Drive profileSEAT logo boot release
Service interval indicatorTouch screen display
Trip computerVoice control system

Entertainment

2 USB ports2 USB sockets in rear
2 X SD card slotAuxiliary input socket
Bluetooth audio streamingDAB Digital radio
Radio/CD + MP3Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls

Exterior Features

Aluminium front door sillsBlack bodyside mouldings
Body coloured bumpersDark tinted rear windows
Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrorsElectric front windows + one touch + anti-pinch
Electric headlamp adjustmentGloss black door mirrors
High gloss black finish B and C pillarsHigh gloss black front grille surround
LED indicators in door mirrorsRear wash/wipe
Reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirrorTwin exhaust pipes

Interior Features

12v power point in centre console3 height adjustable rear headrests
60/40 split folding rear seatActive head restraints
Additional heating and ventilation outlet in rear of centre consoleAluminium pedals
Ambient lightingBlack roof lining
Boot netDriver seat height adjust
Driver seat lumbar adjustmentDriver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual zone climate controlDust/pollen filter
Front adjustable head restraintsFront armrest with storage box
Front cupholders x 2Front seatback pockets
Front seats - 'Easy Entry'Front sports seats
Front/rear floor matsHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated bootIlluminated glovebox
Illuminated rear centre consoleInstrument lighting with brightness control
Leather handbrakeLED reading lights
Luggage tie-down hooksPassenger seat height adjuster
Passenger seat lumbar adjustPerforated leather steering wheel with white stitching + gear knob
Rear armrestRear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
Steering wheel gearshift paddlesStorage boxes under front seats

Packs

Full LED headlight pack - Leon 

Safety

3 point rear seatbelts x3ABS + traction control
Collision mitigation braking systemCurtain airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsDrivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brake with auto holdESP+EBA
Front seatbelt pretensionersFront Seatbelt warning
Front side airbagsHill hold control
Passenger airbag deactivation systemRed brake calipers
Tyre pressure monitoring system 

Security

2 folding remote keys with window open/close functionEngine immobiliser
Locking wheel boltsRemote central locking + deadlocks
Volumetric alarm with back up horn 

Technical

Dynamic chassis controlElectronic limited slip differential

Trim

Gloss black interior trim 

Wheels

19" Cupra Machined alloy wheels 30/2Space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)153NOx0.025
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1984Compression Ratio9.3:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)92.8
Engine Code5F56GYEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTURBO DIRECT INJECTIONGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)42.2EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)49.6EC Urban (mpg)33.6

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power300
Coin DescriptionTSI 300Coin SeriesCupra
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0733EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)5.6Engine Power - BHP300
Engine Power - KW221Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM5500Engine Torque - LBS.FT280
Engine Torque - MKG38.7Engine Torque - NM380
Engine Torque - RPM1800Top Speed155

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front225/35 R19Tyre Size Rear225/35 R19
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleCUPRA
Wheel Type19" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1423Length4246
Wheelbase2596Width1810

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1890
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1150Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
Max. Loading Weight570Minimum Kerbweight1320
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.4
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

SEAT Leon Cupra

SEAT's fastest production car to date, the Leon Cupra 300, is a force to be reckoned with. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Looking for something fast, practical and which won't send you to the wall financially? The mighty SEAT Leon Cupra 300 could be the answer. It can get to 62mph in well under 6 seconds, return around 45mpg, seat five and, thanks to recent price cuts, now cost you no more than about £30,000. As a one car solution, this one's got legs. Teeth too.

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 Leon Cupra 300 has us all in a bit of a spin. The previous Leon Cupra 280 was an absolute belter of a car and makes a great used buy. This latest Cupra though, takes things a stage further - and gets four wheel drive if you order it in ST estate guise. It's got more torque from ts more powerful engine and an interior that no longer feels so ruthlessly built down to a price. But it needs it for there are some fierce rivals clustered around the £30,000 price point. This is the Leon upping its game. You're going to like it.

Driving Experience

The Leon Cupra has some formline. There's never been a duff one and this latest Cupra 300 gives SEAT's hatch real giantkilling ability. That 300PS power output will catapult it to 62mph in around five and a half seconds, or a fraction quicker if you choose the DSG twin-clutch gearbox. Top speed is limited to 155mph although it would be interesting to see how fast it would go before physics intervened. The uprated 380 Nm maximum torque of both versions spreads from just 1,750 rpm all the way up to 5,300 rpm, guaranteeing impressive pulling power and overtaking flexibility. Go for the ST estate version and you also get SEAT's '4Drive' all-wheel drive system, which has to be mated to DSG auto transmission. The chassis has more tricks up its sleeve than David Blaine and features DCC dynamic chassis control, a front-axle differential lock and progressive steering all as standard, as well as a Cupra-specific, high-performance brake system, recognisable by its red callipers. The ESC handling system has been developed specifically for the Cupra and can be deactivated in two stages - the first stage deactivates the traction control and puts the ESC into sport mode, permitting greater yaw angles. The second stage deactivates the ESC completely. The Cupra Drive Profile allows the driver to set the car into one of three modes, 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Cupra'. This raciest setting gives you a hair trigger throttle response and most aggressive DSG shifts, while the sound actuator turns the volume up to eleven. The DCC dynamic chassis control, progressive steering and the front-axle differential lock are also dialled to their most focused settings.

Design and Build

Any Leon that wears a Cupra badge has to dose up the attitude a degree, but the Cupra 300 looks really gym-toned, whether you order it in three-door 'SC' form, as a five-door hatch or in the ST estate bodystyle. The front end features big air intakes and beady-eyed all-LED headlamps. There's a combined rear skirt and diffuser and twin oval tail pipes to ensure the powerful look continued by the rear skirt with its diffuser effect and two oval end pipes. The Cupra 300 is also gets unique 19-inch wheels with a titanium paint finish, plus the Aerodynamic Pack, which comprises a spoiler on the rear roof edge, Cupra lettering on the brake callipers and black exterior mirror housings. Inside, you get trim elements finished in a gloss black and a smart Cupra sports steering wheel, complete with shifting paddles for the optional DSG transmission. The sports seats, in dark grey Alcantara finished with white stitching, are another interior highlight. Black full-leather upholstery, likewise with white stitching, is also available. The pedals and entry sills are made from aluminium to add a bit of eye candy to a fundamentally low-key cabin. There's a 380-litre luggage bay and the quality feels up to the mark, with a dashboard that no longer looks so obviously built down to a price.

Market and Model

Thanks to recent price cuts of around £1,900, prices for the Leon Cupra 300 start at just under £30,000. That's just as well because the nearer the £35,000 mark this Leon gets, the tougher its assignment gets in terms of available rivals. The 340PS BMW M140i and the 310PS all-wheel drive Audi S3 pose questions the Cupra 300 just can't evade. There's a choice of three bodystyles, the SC coupe, the five-door hatch and the ST estate. All offer DSG auto gearbox options and if you go for the Cupra 300 ST estate with the DSG 'box, you'll get the brand's '4Drive' 4WD system thrown in too. Which variant you choose, you won't want for standard equipment. In the UK, this car gets full-LED headlights, a DAB digital radio, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights. That's on top of 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps, black exterior mouldings and frames, a black rear roof spoiler, red brake callipers with Cupra logos and black interior trim inserts. Satellite navigation is also fitted as standard. Among its other features are driver assistance systems such as Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Protection, plus there's an Electric Parking Brake and KESSY (Keyless Entry and Start). The integrated Media System Plus infotainment system with its eight-inch screen is the highlight of this revised model. Plus for the very first time, the Leon Cupra has a Connectivity Hub that comprises a smartphone wireless charger and a GSM antenna amplifier for areas with low signal coverage.

Cost of Ownership

Not too long ago, 300PS was the convergence point for some very serious performance cars. It marked the power limit of the Japanese 'gentleman's agreement' and cars like the Japanese domestic market Supra twin turbo, the Nissan Skyline GT-R and the Honda NSX all rolled out of the factories at this output. Roughly. Yet you had to put up with fuel economy in the very low twenties for that sort of power. These days, the Leon Cupra 300 manages nearly 45mpg on the combined cycle, although this dips somewhat if you choose the DSG transmission. Carbon dioxide emissions are also kept well in check. These models record figures at around the 150g/km mark, which isn't bad at all. Otherwise, it's as you'd expect. The warranty is the usual Volkswagen Group three year or 60,000 mile affair, which is about the minimum manufacturers can get away with these days. Service intervals are every 20,000 miles. Do get an insurance quote before you commit to buy as premiums will vary widely.

Summary

SEAT has come good in recent years with the Leon, a car that many felt had peaked early in Cupra guise. The Cupra 300 is without doubt the fastest and most exciting Cupra to date and thanks to the recent asking price reductions, it now looks like very good value too. Despite that, this hot hatch is very well equipped, with satellite navigation, 19-inch alloys, a smart media system and full-LED headlights, features which could easily tack on over £1,500 to the price of rival cars. It's properly fierce too, with the ability to demolish the sprint to 60mph in a hair over five seconds - and it doesn't let up thereafter. Yes, some may find the cabin sound actuator a bit artificial but like most things, you grow to get used to it. If you felt that cars like the Volkswagen Golf R have had it too easy for too long, here's something that will certainly give it some pause for thought.

Performance
90%
Handling
90%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
80%
Equipment
80%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£349
Deposit£1999
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate5.82%
Cash price£26,995
Credit amount£23,496
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£10,755.38
Total amount payable£31,016.38
Seat deposit£1500
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge8.4p per mile
Representative APR5.8%
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