FORGOTTEN HOT HATCHES: SEAT LEON CUPRA R
Jack of all trades, master of none. It's a horrible cliché, and one that gets bandied about far too frequently, especially by those people prone to a spot of false modesty. Except that, in the case of the Seat Leon Cupra R, it is kind of applicable.
But - and it's a big but - the way the Seat combines the ability to cover long distances in comfort (and moderate economy - we've seen an easy 30mpg-plus on long runs) with a serious turn of speed is most impressive. Chuck in okay-to-decent handling (it's gamely understeer-resistant but not actually all that adjustable) and you've got a mighty appealing car.
Yes, there are rivals that do things better, and no, that trick electronic XDS quasi-differential isn't quite as good as a conventional manual limited-slip diff. But the Leon Cupra R is more than just an also-ran in a mighty talented class, and it deserves recognition as such.