Could that change with the Leon Performance Pack? We will find out soon. Hopefully. SEAT has said a Performance Packed hatch will be in the UK about March time which I am eagerly anticipating. Fingers crossed it has orange wheels too for a bit of visual punch.
Megane Trophy-R has usurped it and arrived in the UK (to a wealth of praise) before the equivalent Leon. There's the Civic Type R looming as well. Let's hope it's worth the wait.
The arrival of an estate is intriguing too. It could be argued the Cupra's visual subtlety is more acceptable on an estate, and having enjoyed our Focus ST long-termer it will be interesting to see how SEAT has gone about producing a rival.
As far as day-to-day goes with the Leon, it been business as usual. Which means very good. Its first big journey in 2015 was for a weekend away in Leeds where it, yet again, was terrific throughout. The nav was clear and diverted around traffic well, with a very clear dial display making up for a fairly small central screen. The ride, particularly after that Fiesta, was excellent. And when the A1 became too boring and the B660 was the tempting alternative, it was superb. Fast and composed with great traction despite very wintry conditions.
By next month I will have driven the estate and the new Focus ST which should create plenty to discuss. I also must try the PH NotImpreza soon also. Both offer a lot of fun for about £30K, one now appearing quite old-school in its methods and the other representing how far modern FWD hatches have come. To be continued!
Car: SEAT Leon Cupra 280
Run by: Matt
On fleet since: July 2014
List price new: £26,945 before options (£29,650 as tested, comprising Leather Pack with Winter Pack £755, Driver Assist Pack including high beam and lane assist £295, Safety Pack £115, SEAT Sound System £250, Adaptive Cruise Control and front assist £500, space saver £95 and Dynamic custom paint £695).
Last month at a glance: New year but the same old plus points for the Leon Cupra
A 280hp Leon arrives, all discussion is on the damn paint
Against racer and hot hatch nemesis the Leon does just fine
Quick and capable yes, but could it be more so?
Slower Cupra battles faster Cupra. Wins. Huh?
Cupra driven by others, verdicts mostly positive
An Anglesey road trip plays to the Leon's many strengths
[Fiesta pic: Ben Lowden]