2021 CUPRA Leon Review - Volkswagen's high performance car | MiniAuto

Starting price: $43,881

The Cupra Leon is the first hot hatchback to do the same trick. You can order it as a PHEV, called an eHybrid, which is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine paired with an electric motor. The combination delivers up to 242bhp, which is the same power as the Volkswagen Golf GTI , and, okay, it's a bit less than the Hyundai i30N Performance , Ford Focus ST or Renault Megane RS , but can any of those run for over 30 miles on battery power alone? But Cupra Leon can.

If that sounds a bit new to your taste, as with the Panamera, you have some traditional alternatives. In fact, you're spoiled for choice as the final range will include a regular 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol with 242bhp (same as the PHEV) or 296bhp and a 306bhp all-wheel drive. Yes, that's right, the Cupra Leon also comes with a wide choice of body styles and two- or four-wheel drive.

The cheapest Cupra Leon is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 242hp and 370Nm of torque for a 0-62mph time of 6.4sec and an electric-limited 155mph top speed. death.

However, while the Volkswagen Golf GTI comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, the Cupra Leon is only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Choose the TSI 242bhp 2.0 and there's a choice of two levels, called VZ1 and VZ2. The most affordable model comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a powerful body kit, dual exhaust pipes, black brake calipers and Cupra's signature copper accents.

Inside, there's a pair of sport seats, a flat-bottomed leather-wrapped steering wheel, three-zone climate control, illuminated glass and customizable ambient lighting. Buyers also get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10-inch infotainment system, with a rear view camera.

The VZ2 comes with equipment upgrades including 19-inch alloy wheels and adaptive dampers, which can be customized using Cupra's Dynamic Chassis Control system via the infotainment screen. Prices start at $43,881

New Cupra Leon 2021: design and interior
The new Cupra Leon is designed, engineered and assembled at the company's purpose-built facility in Martorell near Barcelona. It will face rivals like the Hyundai i30 N and Ford Focus ST, as well as competition from within the Volkswagen Group, including the Skoda Octavia vRS and the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

From the outside, the Cupra Leon certainly has a sexier look than its SEAT cousin - and not just because of the two unique matte finishes available. The front bumper has a large air vent, along with a new bronze logo on the grille.

There is a distinctive full-width taillight bar on both the five-door hatchback and the estate, which is complemented by a rear bumper housing a pair of decorative brass exhaust pipes and a deep rear diffuser. According to Cupra, these changes also improve the aerodynamic performance of the Leon, with the latest model offering 8% more aerodynamic efficiency than its predecessor.

The ride height of the car has been reduced by 25mm at the front and 20mm at the rear compared to the standard SEAT Leon, while the adaptive damping system can adjust the suspension's response rate based on the driving mode. of the vehicle.

There's also a new electric power steering system, which Cupra says is "most advanced ever", and Brembo has supplied a larger set of 370mm disc brakes to the hot hatchback's front axle, clamped by black brake calipers.

Inside, the copper theme continues, with highlights in the seat stitching (there are two types of sport seats to choose from), around the air vents and the steering wheel. The wheel itself is similar in design to the SEAT Leon, but with two new switches - a start button and a toggle switch to swap between the vehicle's four drive modes.

A 12.3-inch digital instrument panel is also fitted, although with a new "Sport" menu view, which places the tachometer in the center of the driver's field of vision, while also displaying power. , torque, G-force and turbocharger.

2021 CUPRA Leon Review - Volkswagen's high performance car | MiniAuto 2021 CUPRA Leon Review - Volkswagen's high performance car | MiniAuto Reviewed by Dang Nhan on July 11, 2021 Rating: 5

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