Auto Express's performance ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

bought seat leon cupra when it first come out. test drove all the competition and found for my preference this was head and tail above the rest. it's fun and fast when you want it to be and refined and comfortable when the wife, child and dog are in the back. very happy with my choice and will definitely look at seat again when choosing next car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

FR550 TDi - Looks great. Masses of equipment including safety kit. Drives brilliantly and handling is fantastic. 170TDi engine fast but economical. Plenty of space inside, but although build quality is excellent (one very minor squeak which is inaudible with stereo on), the plastics could be softer feeling to give more upmarket appearance.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great car, fantastic brakes on the Cupra model, very good engine but it would be nice if SEAT took more notice of its customers and fanbase, for example on seatcupra.net. Manufacturer supported tuning companies would be ideal, allowing the warranty to remain intact, e.g. Mountune for the Focus

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A great looking practical family car, fast enough for UK traffic laws and the good handling is welcome on the country lanes. Not as economical as I was expecting from a diesel but I do have a heavy right foot and it is an automatic. The DSG gearbox is an engineering marvel.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fantastic performance for the money 3k cheaper than a golf GTI only let down by cabin quality,£500 remap takes it above Cupra power ticks all the right boxes for the price.Uderstated performance bargain.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I could have bought premium brands (A3 or 1 Series) with 1.6 litre petrol engines for the money but I have chosen performance and economy with my 2.0TDI DSG Leon. And I am really happy with my decision.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

The FR 170 CR is a fun car that puts a smile on your face. The improvments made to the FL model have made a good car excellent. As a hot hatch it offers style, performance and value.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent value for money. Not too costly to run for performance.
A proper wolf in sheep's clothing. At time of purchase, It was the top model and should have looked more aggresive.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 3/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Nice car, great for around town but still good for long distances (400+) miles in a day.
Interior fabric not wearing as well as I had hoped.

Like a mark 4 golf but handles better!!

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not let me down in 18 months of having it starts first time and cost me nothing but mot and service since bought. Bit thirsty round town but v good on motorway run.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Apart from servicing costs, tyres, fuel and road tax the car has not cost me anything nor has it never let me down, is great fun to drive and I love it!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Just an excellent all round car with great performance and everyday practicality. it stands out from the every day crowd of VW's,Ford, audi,bmw etc.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Awesome reliability - never had an issue. Nothing excessive. have had to replace all discs and pads in brake system, this is the only irritant.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Only issues have been with injectors, an issue across vw/audi stock. Low insurance and task given performance. good miles per gallon.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The DSG gearbox is fantastic, the 2.0TFSI is powerful enough. Not too many on the road, looks good, and does everything that I want.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I had a renault and was always in the dealership getting it repaired. Other than service, only seen the dealer once!!!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Leon Cupra MK2 - simply the best performance package in its class. Almost 3 years in and hasn't let me down once.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It's been great and the 140bhp tdi engine performs well. Great value for money compared to the equivelant golf

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 0/5 Handling: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

This is a good reliable car with lowish running costs and excellent performance and handling for the price.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Fantastic performance for the money. Great styling and eye catching. Makes me smile every time I get in.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Very happy with my SEAT Leon Cupra K1. All the VW / Audi quality without paying the premium.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fast, Fun and stylish, excellent brakes and engine ride is firm but then it is a Cupra!!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent Hot Hatch which doubles up has a family car especialy the 5 door styling.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fantatstic, great performance and looks, the Cupra is a real performance bargin.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent performance, good looking if having a ride a little on the firm side.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

GREAT HANDLING AND PERFORMANCE ONLY LET DOWN BY ROAD NOISE AND NIGGLING FAULTS

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Only had single coil failure in 9 years. Heavy on fuel and road tax excessive.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

An excellent car which is fun to drive and own and gets many admiring glances!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Stylish car with performance to match. Diesel power is the way forward

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good car, good price, nice enough to drive and reasonable to run.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent car, fun to drive. Would buy another FR tomorrow !

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A performance bargain (it's a 2.0 TFSi) and practical too

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A practical fast hatcback with a terrific DSG auto box.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great car and performance for the money.
No complaints

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never let me down. Acceptable given the performance.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not had any problems. Expected for the performance.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Fast, reliable, compact and good value for money

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Good performance, tyres last 30,000 miles plus

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great performance for the price, looks great

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent performance & value for money.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent performance & value for money.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Sporty drive with the quality of a Golf

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good , comfortable, sprightly performer

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Excellent value performance and styling

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Seat Leon Cupra R
in one word AWESOME

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Not too bad for its age & mileage

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

reliable,fast and understated

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Stylish,distinctive quick

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Fast, Fun and Frugal

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fast and stylish.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very good

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Excellent

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

great.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5