Cupra Leon
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    2024 Cupra Leon

    2024 Cupra Leon
    Variants
    4
    Price Range
    $51,990 - $65,790
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    Fuel Efficiency1.8 - 6.8 / 100km
    ANCAP Rating5-star
    Warranty5 years
    Cupra
    8.4
    2024 Cupra Leon
    Fuel Efficiency
    1.8 - 6.8 / 100km
    ANCAP Rating
    5-star
    Warranty
    5 years
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    About the Cupra Leon

    Cupra’s most affordable, smallest car, the Leon hatchback, is gaining a new entry-level model for 2023.

    The Cupra Leon V has been given drive-away pricing for 2023, kicking off at $47,990 drive-away. It packs 140kW of power from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.

    List pricing starts at $43,990 before on-road costs for the Leon V and extends to $61,490 before on-road costs for the Leon VZx.

    All existing Cupra Leon models have received a price rise of between $400 and $500 on top of the pre-update models, besides the entry-level V because it hasn’t been made available to purchase yet.

    2023 Cupra Leon models have ditched their 10-inch touchscreens in favour of a larger, 12-inch unit. Scrolling indicators have also been ditched in favour of static indicators in the tail lights.

    Summary

    Our expert's shortest summary
    Hit

    Handsome exterior design

    Interesting cabin, even in base model

    Impressive performance, with more mongrel

    Miss

    Infotainment can be fiddly

    Faces off with some tough rivals

    Brembo brakes cost $3500

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    Cupra Leon Video Review

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    Intro
    Exterior
    Interior
    Infotainment
    Safety Tech
    Practicality
    Driving - Leon V
    Driving - Leon VZe
    Driving - Leon VZ
    Driving - Leon VZx
    Performance
    Verdict

    Cupra Leon V v VZe v VZ v VZx review (inc. 0-100 & sound test)

    Date
    Feb 13, 2024
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    Cupra is a brand that isn’t very well known in Australia, so we wanted to get behind the wheel of the Leon to see if it was any good. Turns out they had all of them available, so Paul was able to test them back-to-back!

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    Cupra Leon Range Guide

    Which variant of the Cupra Leon range is best for you?

    The 2023 Cupra Leon V comes with the following standard features:

    • 18-inch black-and-silver alloy wheels
    • 18-inch space-saver spare wheel
    • Heated, power folding side mirrors
    • LED headlights
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Fog lights with cornering function
    • LED tail lights with static indicators (NEW)
    • Automatic headlights
    • Automatic high-beam
    • Rain-sensing wipers
    • Rear tinted windows
    • 12-inch touchscreen infotainment display (NEW)
    • Wired and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
    • 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
    • Wireless phone charger
    • Four USB-C ports
    • Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Paddle shifters
    • Interior ambient lighting
    • Black headliner
    • Cloth sports bucket seats
    • Driver profile selection
    • Dynamic Chassis Control
    • Progressive steering
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
    • Three-zone climate control
    • Illuminated sill panels
    • Aluminium pedals
    • Semi-autonomous parking assist

    The VZ adds the following:

    • 19-inch black-and-silver alloy wheels

    The VZe adds:

    • Tyre repair kit (in lieu of space-saver spare wheel)

    The flagship VZx adds:

    • 19-inch black-and-copper alloy wheels
    • Side skirts
    • Quad-tip exhaust
    • Heated ‘supersports’ leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Petrol Blue dashboard
    • Petrol Blue leather front bucket seats
    • Heated front seats
    • Power driver’s seat with memory
    • Memory mirrors
    • Nine-speaker Beats sound system

    Interior

    Photos and Images of the Cupra Leon Interior

    The Leon is essentially a Spanish cousin to the Golf, and it feels it behind the wheel. That’s not to say it’s a carbon copy, though.

    With unique bronze highlights and stunning petrol blue leather trim, not to mention the wheel and its supercar-style start button, the Leon VZx looks and feels a bit more special than its demure German relative.

    Even the base Leon V on show at the Cupra launch event looked and felt special inside, albeit without some of the posher materials you get in the VZx.

    he fundamentals are excellent. Driver and passenger sit in sporty seats with plenty of bolstering, and tall drivers won’t have trouble getting comfortable.

    It’d be nice if the seats dropped lower to really deliver a sporty feel, but otherwise there isn’t much to complain about.

    As you’d expect of a modern Volkswagen Group cabin, screens are the showpiece here.

    Rear seat space is about par for the class. The chunky seats with their one-piece backrests block forward visibility, but kids will be able to get comfortable back there without too much stress.

    Average-sized adults will be able to slot back there as well, although the bigger Formentor or Ateca are better options if you’re lugging people around regularly.

    Dual ISOFIX points and three top-tether points for child seats feature back there, along with a fold-down central armrest, air vents, and dual USB-C points.

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    Exterior

    Photos and Images of the Cupra Leon Exterior

    Under the skin, the Cupra Leon is a hotted-up version of the Seat Leon – itself a Spanish take on the Volkswagen Golf.

    It shares its powertrains with parts of the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf ranges, and the cabin features the latest technology the Volkswagen Group has to offer.

    It’s far from a carbon copy, though. Outside, the Leon is clothed in a sharp Spanish suit that’s eye-catching in person, especially in the hero matte blue with copper accents, and the car is being sold online or through retail-style Cupra Garage locations instead of conventional dealers.

    There’s no proper entry-level model, either. Even the least powerful Leon packs 30kW more than a base Golf, and the plug-in hybrid VZe packs a powertrain not offered elsewhere in the Volkswagen, Skoda, or Audi stables locally.

    Cupra is pitching itself as a “tribe” to Australians, and the Leon is aimed squarely at people who want the performance and polish of a Volkswagen hot hatch, but don’t to be a part of the Golf club.

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    Cupra Leon Colours

    What colours are available for the Cupra Leon?

    The 2023 Cupra Leon is available in the following exterior paint finishes, depending on the trim level.

    • Nevada White metallic
    • Magnetic Tech metallic
    • Midnight Black metallic
    • Asphalt Blue metallic
    • Urban Silver metallic
    • Desire Red premium metallic
    • Graphene Grey premium metallic
    • Petrol Blue matte
    • Magnetic Tech matte

    Premium metallic paint finishes comprise Desire Red and Graphene Grey, and are a $475 option across the range. Desire Red isn’t available on the VZx.

    Exclusive to the VZx is the option of matte paint ($2300), available in either Petrol Blue or Magnetic Tech.

    How it Drives

    Our expert take on Cupra Leon drivability?

    Each of the four Cupra Leon variants has a different powertrain.

    The base V is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 140kW of power and 320Nm of torque. This is mated with a seven-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

    The VZ also uses a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but its engine produces 180kW and 370Nm.

    The VZe mates a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor, for total system outputs of 180kW and 400Nm. It uses a six-speed wet dual-clutch transmission.

    Lastly, the VZx is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque.

    All models are front-wheel drive.

    The 100km/h sprint takes a claimed 5.7 seconds, but the quickest Leon feels faster than that in-gear.

    Cupra Leon Safety Rating

    ANCAP Safety Rating Australia

    The Cupra Leon has a five-star safety rating from ANCAP, which is based on Euro NCAP testing conducted in 2020.

    It received an adult occupant protection rating of 91 per cent, a child occupant protection rating of 88 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection rating of 71 per cent, and a safety assist rating of 80 per cent.

    Standard safety equipment across the Leon range includes:

    • 10 airbags
    • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian and cyclist detection
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Lane-keep assist with highway lane-centering
    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Safe exit warning
    • Driver fatigue monitoring
    • Reversing camera

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    overall
    91%
    adult occupants
    88%
    child occupants
    71%
    pedestrians & cyclists
    80%
    collision avoidance

    Cupra Leon Options

    Options list for the Cupra Leon

    The following options are available on the Leon:

    • Power sunroof: $1800 (all models)
    • Brembo brake package: $3600 (VZx)
    • Leather and Sound package: $2450 (V, VZ)
      • Leather upholstery
      • Heated front seats
      • Power driver’s seat with memory
      • Mirror memory
      • Dashboard with copper-coloured stitching
      • Nine-speaker Beats sound system
    • Leather package: $2050 (VZe)
      • Leather upholstery
      • Heated front seats
      • Power driver’s seat with memory
      • Mirror memory
      • Dashboard with copper-coloured stitching

    Cupra Leon Warranty

    What is the warranty period and kilometre limit for the Cupra Leon?

    The 2023 Cupra Leon is covered by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    Cupra also includes three years of free servicing.

    Cupra Leon Infotainment

    What infotainment do you get within the range?

    The touchscreen is a 12-inch unit running Cupra’s take on the software rolled out across the Golf and Octavia ranges, along with the same touch sliders below for volume and temperature control.

    Points to Cupra for allowing owners to drop a widget on the home screen to control fan speed for the air-con, and for making shortcut buttons prominent – it’s easier to jump around the system than in the Golf – but it’s fiddly at times.

    The digital cockpit is handsome, and features unique graphics in keeping with Cupra’s sportier remit. The steering wheel itself feels great in your hands, and has proper buttons instead of the touch controls rolling out elsewhere.

    Opting for the VZx gets you a start/stop button and drive mode controller on the wheel; other models bury their drive modes in the touchscreen. The fact you need to dive through a screen for Sport mode in most versions is hard to understand.

    Cupra Leon Boot Space

    How much luggage or cargo capacity and boot space is there in the Cupra Leon?

    Boot space varies based on which model you choose. The VZe has just 270 litres because of the PHEV battery hardware, while the VZ and VZx up that to 380L.

    Cupra Leon Fuel Economy

    How much fuel does the Cupra Leon use and what are its emissions?

    The 2023 Cupra Leon has the following claimed combined fuel economy figures:

    • V: 6.2L/100km
    • VZ: 6.7L/100km
    • VZe: 1.8L/100km
    • VZx: 6.8L/100km

    All Leon models require a minimum of 95 RON premium unleaded petrol except for the flagship VZx which requires 98 RON premium unleaded.

    The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Leon VZe has a claimed all-electric range of up to 60km.

    Depending on the variant, view the 2024 CUPRA LEON fuel usage below.

    All Highway, City, and Combined figures below are litres per 100km

    VariantSeriesStyleFuel TypeHighwayCityCombinedE10?
    VKU MY245D HATCHBACKPREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL--6.2-
    VZKU MY245D HATCHBACKPREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL--6.7-
    VZe PHEVKU MY245D HATCHBACKPREMIUM UNLEADED/ELECTRIC--1.8-
    VZxKU MY245D HATCHBACKPREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL--6.8-

    Cupra Leon Dimensions

    The dimensions of the Cupra Leon

    The 2023 Cupra Leon measures 4398mm long, 1799mm wide and 1442mm tall, with a 2683mm wheelbase.

    Depending on the variant, the 2024 CUPRA LEON measures as below.

    VariantSeriesStyleLength (mm)Width (mm)Height (mm)Wheelbase (mm)
    VKU MY245D HATCHBACK4398179914752683
    VZKU MY245D HATCHBACK4398179914752683
    VZe PHEVKU MY245D HATCHBACK4398179914892683
    VZxKU MY245D HATCHBACK4398179914652683

    Cupra Leon Market Fit

    Where does it fit in the competitor segment?

    The Cupra Leon is categorised as a SMALL FROM 40K and has a price range of $51,990 to $65,790. There are currently 4 other options in the SMALL FROM 40K segment, those that fit within a similar price range include:

    Should you buy the Cupra Leon

    Is this the right car for you? Our experts buy or not guide.

    There’s plenty of variety in the Leon range.

    At the bottom end of the range, the upcoming Leon V shapes as a well-specced alternative to a VW Golf R Line or even a base Audi A3, while the Leon VZe plug-in hybrid fills one of the very few empty niches elsewhere in the Volkswagen Group Australia world.

    The real excitement for enthusiasts lies in the VZx, though. It possesses almost all the polish of a Golf R or Audi S3, but features an extra dose of mongrel thanks to its front-wheel drive setup.

    We’ll know more when we spend more time with the car, but based on our first road drive it’s going to be an interesting addition to the already crowded hot hatch market in Australia.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    When you buy a new 2024 Cupra Leon through CarExpert, speed, confidence and great value come standard.

    The Cupra Leon range kicks off from $51,990 (plus on-road costs) for the "Leon V" variant and finishes at $65,790 (plus on-road costs) for the "Leon VZx" variant.

    The Cupra Leon is built in Spain and is then shipped to Australia.

    Cupra suggested that owners service their Cupra Leon every 12 months or 15,000km, whichever comes first.

    The Cupra Leon has a five star ANCAP safety rating out of five.

    The variants of the Cupra Leon use Premium Unleaded Petrol or Premium Unleaded/electric.

    The Cupra Leon has 5 doors.

    In our latest review the Cupra Leon scored 8.4 out of 10. Read the full Cupra Leon review here.

    The Cupra Leon had a 5 year, unlimited km warranty.

    Variants from previous years

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