SEAT Leon Cupra ST Performance

RRP from
£33,175
MPG
39.2 - 39.8
0-60 mph in
4.9 - 5.2 secs
First year road tax
£515

This is a family estate car that doesn’t feel at odds on a racetrack. On a twisty B-road it’s incredibly fast, grippy and dares you to drive like a lunatic. Despite all this it won’t drive you mad on long journeys.

Performance and Economy

There’s only one engine choice in the Leon Cupra ST and it’s a good ‘un – a 300hp four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. You can have it with front-wheel drive, in which case you can have a manual or DSG auto gearbox, or four-wheel-drive, in which case you have to have the auto. Stick to just two driven wheels and it’ll get from 0 to 62mph in 6.0 seconds (that’s 0.3 seconds slower than the three-door Leon Cupra and 0.2 behind the five-door). Opt for the four-wheel-drive system and that drops to an impressive 4.9 seconds. All Leon Cupras have a top speed of 155mph, in case you were wondering.

The Leon Cupra ST bridges the gap between family car and hot hatch so well you’ll forget there’s a massive boot on the back of it

Mat Watson
carwow expert

The price for all this hooning about is 40.4mpg on the front-wheel-drive model, and 39.2mpg on the four-wheel-drive version. We averaged about 32mpg in real-world conditions in both models, however. You’re looking at CO2 emissions of 161g/km for the front-wheel-drive model and 164g/km if you go for the four-wheel-drive, making for an annual road tax bill of £185 for either model.

Comfort and Handling

This is a family estate car that doesn’t feel at odds on a racetrack. On a twisty B-road it’s incredibly fast, grippy and dares you to drive like a lunatic. Despite all this it won’t drive you mad on long journeys.

The biggest compliment you can pay the Leon Cupra ST’s driving ability is that it feels just like the hatchback version, which is one of the best-handling hot hatches on sale. The Cupra’s real trick, however, is by including adaptive dampers as standard which let you change the ride between comfortable and sporty at the push of a button. By doing so you can set the car up for a smooth, unruffled motorway jaunt with the kids in the back and a boot full of luggage, then stick the drive mode in ‘Cupra’ for the last twisty miles to the hotel.

There’s plenty of grip from the front tyres as you turn in to a corner at speed, and even the front-wheel-drive models get a mechanical limited-slip differential that allows both wheels to pull the car out of the turn without spinning. 

The four-wheel drive version allows for even more power to punt you out of slippery bends. The Leon Cupra ST does all this without any drama – unlike a Civic Type R, for example, which will have the steering wheel bucking in your hands on bumpy roads as you accelerate. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing for the Leon is up to you – but now it’s available with four-wheel drive it’s certainly a very fast car even in wet conditions.