Perhaps it's because there aren't yellow ones. Perhaps it's because of the whole Nurburgring fiasco. Perhaps it's because the Golf GTI is better than ever, as is so much of the competition. For whatever reason, the Mk3 Leon Cupra doesn't appear to have been the runaway hit of previous generations. When did you last see one?
Which brings us very neatly to this car. On the face of it this Leon Cupra is like many others, a 2014 manual 280 with five doors. Interestingly though, it's now less than £15k - £14,950, with 28,000 miles and a full SEAT service history - and, as a 64-plate car, it would have just ran out of warranty. Which means you can start modifying...
Now we're not talking anything ridiculous here, because £15k is still not a bargain and you don't want to compromise its everyday suitability. But with the Cupra improved so appealingly by SEAT's own Performance Pack, there's nothing to say you couldn't go about doing your own.
Point being that an even more enjoyable, more exciting and more capable hot hatch could be made fairly simply from this Leon Cupra. A Stage 1 Revo remap makes anything up to 370hp for £599, a set of Cup 2s on a 235/35 R19 wheel is £900 and those incredible Endless MA45B pads are on sale at £557+VAT. Just over £2,000, basically, which still makes it cheaper than this Golf GTD(!) with similar miles.
What you'll have is a car that's still tremendously subtle and won't attract any unwanted attention, while being great fun on both road and track. And even faster. Given how things seem to be, it'll be quite a rare spot too. Perhaps a Megane is yet more entertaining still and there are rivals which offer the security of all-wheel drive, but there are different strokes for different folks and the Leon has always been a very appealing alternative. With a few aftermarket tweaks some years down the line it could arguably be even more so.
SPECIFICATION - SEAT LEON CUPRA 280
Engine: 1,998cc, 4-cyl turbocharged
Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (hp): 280@5,700-6,200rpm
Torque (lb ft): 258@1,750-5,600rpm
First registered: 2014
Mileage: 28,000 miles
Price new: £26,940
Price now: £14,950
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