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SEAT Leon Cupra - best hot hatchbacks

Constant development keeps the SEAT Leon Cupra in contention among fierce hot hatch competition

SEAT Leon Cupra 300 2017 - front cornering

Fast, fun, practical and cost effective, the scorching SEAT Leon Cupra is a great all-rounder. For starters, the rorty 296bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre engine delivers electrifying acceleration, while the uprated suspension and electronically controlled front differential provide agile and engaging handling.

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Sporty exterior upgrades mean the Leon looks the part, and the option of a five-door model ensures that practicality doesn’t suffer. It’s great value, too, undercutting its rivals on price.

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The SEAT has plenty of grip in the corners and the steering is precise, with great brakes as well to give extra confidence. It’s comfortable too – although the ride is a little firm, it copes with all but the most severe bumps in the road well.

Top 10 best hot hatchbacks 

  1. 1. Honda Civic Type R
  2. 2. Ford Fiesta ST
  3. 3. Renault Megane RS
  4. 4. MINI Cooper S
  5. 5. Hyundai i30 N
  6. 6. Volkswagen Golf GTI
  7. 7. SEAT Leon Cupra
  8. 8. Audi RS 3
  9. 9. BMW M140i
  10. 10. Skoda Octavia vRS
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