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Cupra Leon 1.4 eHybrid VZ3 Design Edition 5dr DSG

  • Automatic
  • Petrol Parallel PHEV
  • 5 door estate
  • 30 g/km CO2
  • 7 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 245 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

The CUPRA Leon Sportstourer station wagon might be close in concept and execution to a SEAT Leon Estate but it brings to that design a different dimension of style and speed. This Spanish station wagon shopping rocket comes with a choice of conventional petrol turbo or PHEV powertrains. Here's the updated version.

Background

Want a fast but compact-sized estate? There aren't that many options but quicker versions of Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia station wagons are all possibilities. Here's another option to add to that list, CUPRA's Leon Estate, first launched in 2021, then updated in Spring 2024 to create the car we're going to look at here. As you'll probably know, CUPRA is a marque created by SEAT back in 2018 for its sporting models. Recently, it's been creating its own cars (the Formentor SUV and the Born and Tavascan EVs), but this CUPRA Leon Estate isn't much different to a SEAT Leon Estate - expect that you can have it with sportier styling and more powerful engines. Let's take a closer look.

Driving Experience

Various engines are on offer. Most customers will be choosing their CUPRA Sportstourer with one of two available (but very different) 245PS powertrains. There's a conventional 2.0 TSI petrol turbo unit. Or a clever new 1.5-litre petrol/electric PHEV plug-in e-HYBRID engine with a much larger 19.7kWh battery which can now travel up to 62 miles between charges and manages 62mph in around 7s en route to 140mph. If you want your Leon Sportstourer 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 Estate. Here, the '4Drive' 4x4 Sportstourer model in question has 310PS and makes 62mph in 4.8s en route to 155mph. That top '4Drive' version now gets clever torque-splitting technology which can shift power independently between the rear wheels during cornering for greater agility; or it can direct all of the power to one of the rear wheels if an added 'Drift' mode is activated. There's also an exclusive 'CUPRA' drive mode meant to be optimised for race track use. Whatever CUPRA Leon Sportstourer model you choose, it should handle well. The engineers have worked hard on this 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 large 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, like the hatch version, this CUPRA Leon Sportstourer looks really gym-toned, especially in this updated form. For this mid-term update, CUPRA has added a more aggressive 'shark-nose' front end with a wider mouth and a three-triangle headlight signature. The brand badge has been moved from the front grille to the bonnet. The rear bumper's been revised too (to look like it's lower), while the rear full-width light bar reflects the three-triangle headlight motif and is highlighted by an illuminated CUPRA logo. Redesigned 18 and 19-inch wheels also feature. As before, there are side skirts that visually lower the vehicle and the dark chrome front grille frame, front wings and exterior side mirrors contrast with the various model-specific body colour options. Inside, CUPRA has worked to improve perceived quality, also adding a bigger 12.9-inch central screen with a more intuitive infotainment system featuring customisable widgets and wireless 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto'. The touch-sensitive sliders for volume and climate have been illuminated and there's now a more powerful 15-watt wireless 'phone charging mat with a cooling fiunction to prevent your 'phone from over-heating. Selected models get bucket seats with 73% recycled vegan microfibre upholstery. And there's now the option of a 12-speaker 425-watt Sennheiser audio system upgrade. As before, you get a compact DSG shifter and a CUPRA steering wheel with shift paddles houses the engine start and driver mode selection button. You also get an interactive digital driver display to replace conventional binnacle dials. 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 Estate. There's comfortable room for a couple of adults in the back. And a 617-litre boot (up from 380-litres in the hatch). That's for the conventionally-engined models; for the PHEV e-HYBRID Sportstourer derivative, the figure is 470-litres.

Market and Model

CUPRA Leon Sportstourer estate pricing starts from around £33,000 - there's a £1,520 premium over the hatch body style. Three trim levels are on offer - 'V1', 'V1 Design Edition', 'VZ2 Design Edition' and 'VZ3 Design Edition'. 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 12.9-inch central infotainment monitor. All that comes with 'V1' trim. 'VZ2'-spec gives you the option of both body shapes and the e-HYBRID powertrain if you want it (the e-HYBRID priced from around £43,000). '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 around £46,500 and adds petrol blue Nappa leather bucket seats, a heated steering wheel and a wireless smartphone charging pad. If you want the 310PS 2.0 TSI 4Drive model, you'll need from around £45,000 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 much older previous generation Leon CUPRA estates will look incredulously at the three-figure fuel efficiency stats and tax-beating CO2 readings of the e-HYBRID version of this current model, which in this improved form claims to be able to take you 62 miles between charges of its now-larger 19.7kWh battery (30 miles further than the original CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID Estate could manage). The brand has also added 50kW DC rapid charging capabilities for this improved Leon e-HYBRID too - and increased the maximum speed for AC charging from 3.6kW to 11kW. 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 and you'll be able to reduce your charging time period from empty to well under three hours. Once that's been done, a PHEV CUPRA Leon can as we said now travel much further 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. As for the more conventional 1.5 TSI CUPRA Leon Sportstourer models - here, think around 47.1mpg on the combined cycle and about 136g/km of CO2; that's for the 150PS front driven version. The 310PS 2.0 TSI variant manages up to 34.0mpg and up to 188g/km.

Summary

Certainly, most of what's on offer here can also be had in differently packaged form with sporty estate versions of the Volkswagen Golf or Skoda Octavia. But the CUPRA Leon Estate has a slightly more dynamic look and feel than any of those cars, especially in this updated form. Something that's particularly evident on the road in the 310PS 4Drive model, which offers everyday dynamic usability with plenty of potential for sheer enjoyment. It's way better value than a sporty Golf R Estate. And arguably shades all its rivals in terms of flamboyant cabin design, drive assistance features and standard equipment. Not everything's great of course. The infotainment system is over-complex and often fiddly to use. The interior doesn't have the sheer quality you'd find in premium brand models. And inevitably, some of the agile sparkiness is diluted if you opt for the now-improved e-HYBRID version. But none of this is really enough to significantly dull our basic approval of this car. If it's engaging twist on the usual Volkswagen Group quick estate confection appeals, we think you'll bond quickly with this uber-rapid Iberian station wagon.

  • Lockable tailgate
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking
  • Virtual pedal with electric tailgate
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Auxiliary input socket
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cupra sports bumpers
  • Gloss black roof rails
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Rear diffuser with twin exhaust pipe on each side with simulated exhausts
  • Rear side wing doors
  • 12v power supply in centre console
  • 12v socket in loadspace
  • Black headlining
  • Cupra sports pedals
  • CUPRA Supersports, heated steering wheel with satellite buttons
  • Front centre armrest
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated interior front door sills
  • Luggage tie-down hooks
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Sliding boot cover
  • Storage pockets on rear of front seats
  • Tool kit
  • Design pack - Cupra Leon
  • Dynamic and comfort pack - Leon Cupra
  • Media system plus with navigation pack - Leon Cupra
  • Safety and driving pack (XL) - Cupra leon
  • 3 point seatbelts on all rear seats
  • Child proof door locks
  • Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de-activation, front side and curtain airbags
  • Extended safety system - seat belt tensioner, window closure and hazard lights
  • Seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
  • Tiredness recognition system
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Anti theft alarm system with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
  • KESSY Advanced - Keyless start, keyless entry
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty: 70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 12.8
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Charge Time (Mins): 300
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Percentage Change: 0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 1 - Power Supply - kW: 2.3
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Charge Time (Mins): 213
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Percentage Change: 0-100
  • Battery Charging Scenario 2 - Power Supply - kW: 3.6
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Charge Time (Mins): N
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Percentage Change: N
  • Battery Charging Scenario 3 - Power Supply - kW: N
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Charge Time (Mins): N
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Percentage Change: N
  • Battery Charging Scenario 4 - Power Supply - kW: N
  • Battery Leased: False
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location: Left Side Front
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • Maximum Charging Rate - kW: 3.6
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 5
  • Usable Battery Capacity: 12.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 15.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH: 15.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL: 15.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH: 3.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL: 4.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb: 15.7
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb: 4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 58
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH: 57
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL: 59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 36
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH: 35
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL: 36
  • HC+NOx: N
  • NOx: 0.014
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium: 124
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 30
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 31
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 30
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1395
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High: 52.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low: 29.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium: 51.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 1.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 217.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH: 201.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL: 217.3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.4
  • Badge Power: 245
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: eHybrid
  • Coin Series: VZ3 Design Edition
  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 29E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 71
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 80
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 90000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7
  • Engine Power - BHP: 245
  • Engine Power - KW: 180
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1550
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: PERFORMANCE
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Height: 1463
  • Length: 4657
  • Wheelbase: 2681
  • Width: 1799
  • Width (including mirrors): 1992
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2090
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 470
  • Max. Loading Weight: 461
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1629
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.5