3.5 out of 5 3.5
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
SEAT Leon Cupra R (10-12) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £25,550 - £25,550
Used price £4,900 - £10,550
Used monthly cost From £122 per month
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £315
Insurance group 36 How much is it to insure?


Most powerful SEAT ever, softer suspension than Leon FR, XDS system minics limited-slip differential


DSG gearbox not offered as an option, steering is still too numb, boot space is smaller than most rivals

SEAT Leon Cupra R rivals

Golf R
4.5 out of 5 4.5

Written by Simon McBride on

This is not only the most powerful Leon that SEAT has ever produced, it's the most powerful SEAT yet. In terms of the performance versions of the current Leon range, this Cupra R model sits at the top above the standard Cupra, which in turn sits above the Leon FR. The Leon Cupra has always been known for its sportiness but this Cupra R version is even more powerful.

This R model uses the same engine that's under the bonnet of the Volkswagen Golf R and the Audi S3. It's a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol with 261bhp and 350Nm of pulling power significantly more than the standard Leon Cupra. However, just like the Cupra FR and the Cupra it comes with an electronic ‘XDS’ system that mimics a limited-slip differential to reduce understeer and improve grip.

So is the Leon Cupra R the king of the performance Leons? Read on to find out more.

SEAT Leon Cupra R rivals

Golf R
4.5 out of 5 4.5

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