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Fleets of Fancy: Seat Leon Cupra 290



Why should I want it?

The Leon Cupra is now firmly established as a hot hatch favourite, enjoying the family jewels in terms of being part of the Volkswagen Group, which means a 290hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine mated to seven-speed twin-clutch DSG gearbox. The hot Leon handles as well as it goes, and is stacked with equipment, including standard metallic paint, 19-inch alloy wheels and figure-hugging sports seats.


Why can’t I have it?

No matter the fact that the performance is pretty staggering, it’s still a five-door Seat Leon that has a price tag almost starting with a three.


Arguments to use on the fleet manager

The Leon Cupra offers a huge amount of performance for a £30,000 five-door sub-150g/km hatchback with an official fuel consumption figure of more than 40mpg. There’s even a 4×4 estate version for those moments when peak power has to be combined with practicality, although its CO2 figure is up at 164g/km.


More fleety alternative

Fleets of Fancy- June 2019-SEAT Leon-More Fleety AlternativeIt’s not even four thousand pounds cheaper, but the 150hp 2.0 TDI FR hits 115g/km and is nearly 10p per mile and nearly 20mpg cheaper to run, while still retaining most of the sporting good looks.




Performance:4.4sec/155mph (limited)