SEAT Leon Cupra 290

SEAT Leon Cupra 290

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Years: 2016 to 2017 En­gine: 2.0-litre 4cyl, 286bhp Ins group: 35 Of­fi­cial econ/co2: 42.8mpg/154g/km Why? Cheap sec­ond-hand mar­ket prices, power and poise make the Leon a solid all-rounder. £19,495 Prices from:

SEAT has been a fron­trun­ner in the hot hatch mar­ket for a num­ber of years now thanks to cars like the Leon Cupra 290.

The Leon keeps things sim­ple with its looks, es­pe­cially next to the Honda, al­though it packs pace to worry the Type R thanks to 286bhp, a dual-clutch gear­box and adap­tive dampers.

It’s still rel­a­tively com­fort­able, too, and while the 380-litre boot is par for the course, this should be an easy hot hatch to live with.

A strong show­ing in our Driver Power 2017 sat­is­fac­tion sur­vey re­sulted in a sev­enth-place fin­ish for the Leon out of 75 new cars, plus SEAT was ranked sixth out of 27 mak­ers.

Leon scores with its solid, well laid-out cabin

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