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CUPRA Leon 300PS UK pricing and specification

£5,760 more than the last generation, £7,490 more if you want the one with the ugly wheels. Let's hope the driving and handling are sublime.

Here we have the one many of you have been waiting for, the successor to the previous hugely popular Mk3 SEAT Leon CUPRA.

We have driven and reviewed the CUPRA Leon 245PS eHybrid and look forward to getting our hands on the petrol version to compare. We’re optimistic the handling and performance will be at least on par with, if not better than its predecessor. We’re talking about the MK3 CUPRA Leon 300 here, as the release below says the new one is more powerful, that’s of course a bit of a technicality as latter models had to be detuned to comply with regulations.

It better drive as well as the last one as CUPRA want up to £7,490 more for this new one and the UK has missed out on the nice wheels you can get elsewhere as well as quite a few other parts we were expecting to be standard from the original press launch. We’re now convinced CUPRA are punishing us again for Brexit.

What we think should have been part of the UK spec

At least we get a quad exhaust for the first time in a hatch version.

On with the details…

CUPRA has opened the order books for the latest variant of its iconic Leon hatchback with the launch of the 300PS 2.0 TSI powertrain.

The brand’s flagship performance hatch is now available to order with prices starting from £35,660 RRP for the CUPRA Leon Hatch VZ2 TSI DSG-auto 300 and rising to £37,390 for VZ3 trim.

Available exclusively with the DSG-auto transmission, the latest iteration of the renowned 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder engine develops 300PS and 400Nm of torque.

The turbocharged, direct injection petrol engine propels CUPRA Leon from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 155mph.

As well as an increase in power output over its predecessor, the new CUPRA Leon is also more efficient, returning up to 37.2mpg on the combined WLTP cycle and CO2 emissions from 171g/km.

An exhilarating driving experience is guaranteed as standard, with CUPRA Leon featuring four driver selectable modes (with changes to throttle response and gear shifts), speed sensitive power steering and Dynamic Chassis Control.

The range kicks off with the VZ2 trim, featuring a host of performance upgrades as standard, including 19” machined black and silver alloy wheels, sports bumpers, black brake calipers, black headlining, CUPRA’s unique chrome and copper interior detailing, a CUPRA flat bottomed perforated leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, sports bucket seats and a rear diffuser with oval quad exhaust pipes.

A comprehensive selection of technology comes as standard too, with highlights including a digital cockpit, a 10” infotainment system with navigation and Full Link smartphone integration (compatible with Mirror Link, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Google Android Auto), four USB-C charging ports, wraparound ambient interior lighting, illuminated door sills, three-zone climate control, cruise control with speed limiter, keyless entry and start and a rear view reversing camera.

VZ3 trim adds 19” Aerodynamic machined sport black and silver alloy wheels, wireless phone charging, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a power driver seat with memory function and a heated steering wheel.

A panoramic sunroof, a choice of seven paint colours, two nappa leather colours (VZ3 only) and three levels of the Safety and Driving Pack (M, L or XL) can be additionally specified by customers.

For more information on the CUPRA Leon 300PS, visit www.CUPRAofficial.co.uk

New CUPRA Leon Hatch TSI DSG-auto 300PS

ModelCO2 (g/km, WLTP)Combined fuel consumption (mpg, WLTP)BiK (2020/21)Price (OTR RRP)
VZ2171-17935.8-37.237%£35,660
VZ3171-17935.8-37.237%£37,390

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Damo H

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Yeah, I didn't even pay close to that for my limited edition, so its a no from me. At the moment its keep this or move on to a car where I no longer need to use my indicators apparently...
 
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cybman

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Yeah, I didn't even pay close to that for my limited edition, so its a no from me. At the moment its keep this or move on to a car where I no longer need to use my indicators apparently...
ok, give an alternative for a brand new car....
 
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Mike the_cupra

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Well, it might seem expensive but I've specced a Golf GTI (245) over £40k and that's where the Golf R starts nowadays. They'll give you 2.5k deposit contribution (probably), so it still fits quite well in the market.
 

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Hang on, so if I want heated seats I've got to have those aerodynamic wheels!? Personally that just seems crazy, it really puts me off and I'm sure it will a lot of people as well. They even show the wheels I would want as an illustration a few times on the Leon page on their UK website which makes it even more annoying.
 
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Damo H

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I'm just checking on the side skirts - they are shown on the picture we were given but not on the configurator or mentioned in the text. There are also no CUPRA or start buttons on the wheel. :(
4 exhausts the rear though, first time I've seen the rear of the none hybrid 5 door.
 

cybman

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I'm just checking on the side skirts - they are shown on the picture we were given but not on the configurator or mentioned in the text. There are also no CUPRA or start buttons on the wheel. :(


Indeed bet they aren't all real though at this rate :)
the wheel with start and cupra buttons is an option
is available on german configurator
 

Jon89

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the wheel with start and cupra buttons is an option
is available on german configurator

Not in the UK though unfortunately. I really don't like the idea of these VZ2 and VZ3 trim levels. If I'm paying £37k for a Leon, I want to be able to spec it how I want.
 
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jcbmally

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5.7secs to 60 ?? Is that the old manual figure. I would have though it would be in the 5.0sec mark.
Trim levels gone the Ateca route so top spec to get all the kit you need. Based on price it looks like Cupra are really pushing the “premium brand” statement.
 

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5.7secs to 60 ?? Is that the old manual figure. I would have though it would be in the 5.0sec mark.
Trim levels gone the Ateca route so top spec to get all the kit you need. Based on price it looks like Cupra are really pushing the “premium brand” statement.
On par with the Golf 7.5 GTI TCR and the 8 GTI Clubsport. Was never going to be faster
 
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cybman

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5.7secs to 60 ?? Is that the old manual figure. I would have though it would be in the 5.0sec mark.
Trim levels gone the Ateca route so top spec to get all the kit you need. Based on price it looks like Cupra are really pushing the “premium brand” statement.
5 seconds in a FWD? impossible :)
 
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Matt

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Anyone know if it has the Brembo brake calipers on it with 370mm discs? Or what tyres are on it.
Thanks