Why should I want it?
The Cupra Leon Estate perfectly combines pace and space with good looks and a (currently) below-the-radar badge from Seat’s premium sporty sibling that will have people wondering what you’re driving. This 310hp range-topper is more than £10,000 cheaper than a similarly performing BMW 340i Touring, and has very punchy sub-five-second 0-62mph performance, stunning-looking alloy wheels and lovely sports seats.
Why can’t I have it?
Emissions are somewhat prohibitive, when the BMW is 21g/km lower, and there’s also a PHEV Cupra Leon that, while 55hp down on the petrol, emits just 31g/km. The VW Group infotainment system, as also witnessed elsewhere, isn’t the most usable of technology.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
The 620-litre boot is really very practical, and the Cupra’s subtle good looks don’t overtly scream about the performance that lies beneath, while the car’s 4Drive 4×4 system offers surefootedness in slippery conditions.
More fleety alternative
The front-drive plug-in hybrid Cupra Leon is a more sensible fleet bet. It’s more than two seconds slower to 60mph, but the 245hp powertrain will run for over 30 miles on electricity, so has a monthly BiK bill of £140 for a 40% tax payer, versus £488 for the 310hp petrol VZ3 model.
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