The Spanish subsidiary of Volkswagen, SEAT, unveiled today a pair of new hot hatchbacks in form of Leon Cupra and Cupra 280. The Cupra itself comes with 265 horsepower, but the Cupra 280, as the name suggests, has a meaty 280 horsepower and, with a DSG transmission, goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

That is the good thing about SEAT hot hatches. They always delivered amazing performance combined with decent economy and a reasonable price. The manual versions of the new Cupra’s five-strong family do up to 44 mpg (42 with DSG), while pricing starts from £25,690 (going up to £28,525).

The engine powering the Leon Cupra and Cupra 280 is a 2.0 liter turbo TSI petrol unit featuring dual-injection system, variable valves, aluminum positions, and intelligent thermal management system. All this means the response is instantaneous. No turbo lag here.

Being proper hot hatchbacks, both the SEAT Leon Cupra and Cura 280 come as standard with a mechanical front axle differential lock, a progressive steering system that sharpens the turn-in for improved agility, DCC dynamic chassis control to alter the suspension settings between sportier or more comfort-oriented, and two-stage deactivation of the electronic stability control (ESC) – including the ability to turn it off entirely.

As for the equipment, the standard UK-spec Cupra comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, full-LED headlights, DAB digital radio, SEAT Media System Plus, aluminium front door sill trims with Cupra logo, rain-sensing wipers and automatic headlights. The Cupra 280 meanwhile gets 19-inch alloy wheels, gloss black mirror caps, black exterior mouldings and frames, black rear roof spoiler, red brake callipers with Cupra logo, and black interior inserts, plus satellite navigation.

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