A New Powertrain Brings More Value To CUPRA’s Leon

Having been spun off from Seat, CUPRA has been making some of the best performance cars as far as bang for the buck is concerned. Their entry-level and most affordable model, the Leon, is now an even more attractive proposition thanks to a new powertrain. Courtesy of its masters at Volkswagen, the CUPRA Leon is fitted with a retuned 2.0-litre TSI powerplant.

Pumping out a total of 245PS – or roughly 241hp – it marks a rather big drop from the 300PS that can be cranked out from a similar motor in the top-level trim. But this latest addition to the line-up has consequently made hot hatchery that bit more accessible to a lot of people. Plus, you certainly can’t complain when the “lesser” engine still leaps from 0 to 62mph in just 6.4 seconds.

Less Money, But With No Less Fun

Available only with a DSG automatic, 370Nm of torques accompany all 245PS in this base-spec Leon, onwards onto a top speed limited to 155mph. It promises to bring a healthy balance of not just turbocharged performance, but equal comfort and efficiency. Speaking off, this cheaper CUPRA Leon comes in two distinct flavours. The VZ1 trim comes in at £31,460 RRP.

For that, you’ll get quite a lot for your money. For the sporty touch, there are blacked-out brake callipers and CUPRA’s unique copper and chrome finishing. Along the rear-end, you’ll find a rear diffuser, flanked by quad exhausts. Machined black and silver 18-inch alloys sit pretty along either side. Inside the cabin, you’ll find a flat-bottom steering wheel, and a pair of sports bucket seats.

Fancy tech and gadgets come as standard, as is de rigueur for a modern car. There’s a digital dash, and a 10-inch infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A step up from that would be the VZ2 trim, priced at £32,695 RRP. The only significant visual distinction would be the slightly larger 19-inch wheels. But there’s a lot of trickery under the skin too, with a dynamic chassis control function to improve the Leon’s athletics and ride comfort.

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