The New Cupra Leon Is Here With Up To 306bhp And No Manual Option

With four power options to choose from, including a plug-in hybrid hatchback and a four-wheel drive estate, the new Cupra Leon has a broader model range than ever
The New Cupra Leon Is Here With Up To 306bhp And No Manual Option

Cupra has launched its new Leon, complete with fully in-house badging and a greater choice of powertrain options than ever.

Hawkish lights and copper details accentuate the new design. A full-width light bar, amusingly called ‘coast-to-coast’ lighting by Cupra, looks sharp and fresh on the back. The black and copper wheels are optional and also come in two-tone black and silver. Unfortunately the front corner vents are obviously fake and the surprisingly conservative styling maybe misses an opportunity or two.

The New Cupra Leon Is Here With Up To 306bhp And No Manual Option

There will be two body styles for the openly Audi-esque new machine; a hatchback and an estate that spread four drivetrains between them. Starting with an entry-level 241bhp 2.0-litre turbo, this base model is differentiated by 18-inch wheels instead of 19s, two exhaust tips instead of four, and 273lb ft of torque instead of 295.

As confirmed recently there’s a 241bhp plug-in hybrid, switching the 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine for a 148bhp 1.4 in tandem with an electric motor and a small 13kWh battery that’s good for as much as 37 miles, if you’re very lucky. Together they muster 295lb ft of torque and blend good performance with short-range electric-only running. Recharging takes 3.5 hours from a basic 3.5kW wall box, or six hours from a 230-volt socket.

The New Cupra Leon Is Here With Up To 306bhp And No Manual Option

At the business end are two more versions of the 2.0-litre TSI unit. There’s a 296bhp option that links to front-wheel drive and an electronic limited-slip differential in both the hatch and the wagon, and then there’s a 306bhp version just for a special four-wheel drive iteration of the estate. This 4Drive system, says Cupra, can shift power to whichever wheel has the most grip.

Naturally the 4Drive-based car is the fastest off the line, dropping the 0-62mph launch in 4.8 seconds – a pace that not that long ago used to be at the faster end of sports car territory. Acceleration is helped by the fact that there’s no manual gearbox here – all Cupra Leons use fast-shifting DSG and will continue to do so unless there’s enough customer demand for a manual.

The New Cupra Leon Is Here With Up To 306bhp And No Manual Option

Some elements of the new car are familiar from its previous life under the Seat umbrella. There are four driving/chassis modes spanning Comfort, Sport, Cupra and Individual, but until we’ve used it at speed we’ll reserve judgment on the touch-screen slider mechanism you need to use to switch between modes.

There are Brembo stoppers up front gripping 370mm discs. It should be more stable than ever thanks to wider front and rear track, plus a 50mm longer wheelbase and a roof lowered by a token 3mm. When compared to the new Seat Leon, the Cupra version sits 25mm lower on the front axle and 20mm lower at the back.

The New Cupra Leon Is Here With Up To 306bhp And No Manual Option

The driver benefits from a digital cockpit sourced from Audi. It features a special Cupra display mode that prioritises engine speed, current power and torque outputs, turbo pressure and g-forces. A further 10-inch media screen takes care of additional display outputs.

Sales will start later this year, with dates for its various markets yet to be confirmed. We should expect to learn more about pricing by that point, but it should start well below £30,000.


Freddie Skeates

What a tasteless thing. Carbon fibre pleather on the steering wheel, plastic wheel cover-looking rims, and bronze exhaust tips? No thanks

02/20/2020 - 19:54 |
12 | 20

This is some real spice right here

02/21/2020 - 07:54 |
4 | 0

Nice Mazda 6

02/21/2020 - 08:01 |
0 | 0

Back looks like a Kia Sportage

02/21/2020 - 09:29 |
2 | 0

It really, really does.

02/21/2020 - 13:45 |
0 | 0
Ben Anderson 1

This car has the same energy as a fake Luis Vuitton belt. It’s tacky, and it’s obvious that you couldn’t afford the real one (Audi S3).

02/21/2020 - 13:47 |
6 | 2

Hmm. I’m somewhat devided with this Car. I like the overall looks. except maybe the Rims in the Upper Picture (maybe the look better when you’re actually infront of them?) Interior looks decent I like the Bronze/Copper looking accents although I would prefer Bucket Seats or at least Half Buckets (Optionslist items?) I guess the only thing I really dont like is the Gearbox as I’m not a fan of DSG. Actually taking another look not a Fan of the Color either I’d prefer a Gloss Black or Blue, maybe even a Red if you can change the accents Color as well.

02/21/2020 - 17:21 |
0 | 0

VW is really far behind with their designs compared to their sub brands like Skoda and Seat, even Audis look bland compared to this

02/21/2020 - 19:50 |
0 | 0
nicholas 1

Nice Fiat Tipo

02/23/2020 - 09:30 |
0 | 0


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