Cupra Leon Estate Review & Prices
The Cupra Leon Estate comes with a big, practical boot and four-wheel drive on its punchy high-performance version, but it's not the most fun car to drive on a winding road
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It goes up against the likes of the Skoda Octavia vRS Estate and the Volkswagen Golf R Estate. Both of those cars are closely related to this high-performance Leon, but you might find the Cupra’s dashing styling to be more to your tastes than those two more understated alternatives.
It's a bit like one of those big designer fridges. Sure, you could just buy a cheap version that will do just as good a job at keeping your groceries chilled, but sometimes you want to fit loads of stuff inside. And if it's aesthetically pleasing, all the better.
As with the standard Cupra Leon hatchback, this Cupra sits lower to the ground than the regular Seat Leon Estate, and comes packed with performance-orientated styling tweaks to help it stand out. This includes 19-inch alloy wheels, striking copper-coloured badging and trim pieces, and a more aggressive body kit.
Visually speaking, the biggest difference is – rather obviously – the fact that this estate version has a much longer boot than the hatchback. There’s a mighty 620 litres of storage capacity back here, which is more than the 611 litres in the new Golf R Estate but slightly less than the 640 litres you get in the cavernous Octavia vRS Estate.
Still, the Cupra’s load bay is accessed via a large opening and (on range-topping VZ3 models) a hands-free tailgate. And because the boot floor practically sits flush with the opening, getting bulky, heavy items in there is an easy-enough undertaking.
The rest of the cabin is much as it is on the Cupra Leon hatchback, so you get some sporty-looking aluminium pedals, more copper-coloured interior trim, chunky bucket seats and a swish-looking 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
That multimedia suite might look great, but in reality it’s a bit clunky in its operation. It can take an age to boot up, and navigating your way through its myriad submenus takes some getting used to. It also has a tendency to throw a tantrum when you try to hook up Apple CarPlay too. (This is wirelessly connected, while Android Auto will require a wire.) The touch-sensitive buttons on the steering wheel don’t seem to work all that well, either, and there’s no physical buttons for the climate control.
But otherwise, the Cupra’s cabin balances sporty looks with practical comfort very well. There’s decent space in the back for adult passengers, and a number of handy storage cubbies too.
If you want sleek looks and superb running costs, the plug-in hybrid isn’t a bad shout. But the AWD, 310hp version is a very hot estate!
Aside from the bigger boot, there are a couple of other differences between the Cupra Leon Estate and the hatchback version, such as the engines on offer.
The line-up is generally similar between the two, with 150hp petrols and 245hp plug-in hybrids with front-wheel drive available for both. There's a non-hybrid 245hp petrol on the hatch that's not on the estate, but the more notable difference is that the hatchback's top performance model has 300hp. This is swapped for a 310hp version in the estate, which also gets all-wheel drive.
We drove the latter, and boy, is it quick. Put your foot down and it accelerates with a huge amount of enthusiasm, and its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission makes smooth, swift work of changing gears, too. It even sounds good thanks to some meaty – albeit synthetic – engine noises being piped into the cabin via the car’s sound system.
Pop the car into its sportiest settings and you’ll find it makes easy work of a slippery back road too, thanks to plenty of grip and quick, accurate steering. But there’s something a bit remote about the way it changes direction, and as a result you might find the likes of a Ford Focus ST Estate to be more fun.
If you want the Cupra's sporty looks but don't need the performance (or higher associated running costs) then the 150hp engine could be a good option. Just don't expect it to be anywhere near as fun as its more powerful alternatives.
Whichever engine you go for, the Cupra Leon Estate is comfy enough around town, and with good visibility and a standard-fit rear-view camera it’s a breeze to park. Make no mistake, this would be a very easy, very practical hot hatchback to live with – just not one of the most fun.
If you appreciate a slightly more sensible approach, and want the security of four-wheel-drive with the flexibility that massive boot brings, then the Cupra Leon Estate might well be up your street. Head on over to our Cupra deals page to see how much you can save through carwow. You can also browse the latest used Cupra Leon Estates as well as checking out other used Cupra models. Time to move your current car on? See how much you could sell your car for through carwow.
The Cupra Leon Estate has a RRP range of £31,920 to £46,885. However, with carwow you can save on average £1,099. Prices start at £31,130 if paying cash. Monthly payments start at £276. The price of a used Cupra Leon Estate on carwow starts at £24,390.
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