Spanish-based carmaker, Cupra, has added an entry level variant to its Leon hot-
hatch range. Priced at a recommended $43,990, the new Leon V undercuts the
previous cheapest VZ variant by $9000.
The Cupra brand is still largely unknown in Australia. A Volkswagen affiliate it’s the
high-performance division of SEAT and was established in 2018 as a stand-alone
Initially there are three models in the Australian line-up: Formentor crossover SUV,
Ateca SUV and Leon hatchback.
The Cupra Leon V will be available to order in January ahead of first deliveries
during the first half of 2023.
The Leon V is powered by a 140kW / 320Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
petrol engine, with a seven-speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic
The more powerful Leon VZ and VZe variants get 180kW with the high-performance
VZx reaching 221kW.
Despite its lower price equipment levels in the Leon V are impressive and LED
headlights, fog lamps with cornering function, rear tinted windows, rear spoiler,
keyless entry / start, heated power folding mirrors, black interior headliner, ambient
light interior, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, sports seats, auto-dimming
rear-view mirror, illuminated scuff plates, light and rain sensor and three-zone
Infotainment technology includes a 12-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and
a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit as well as wireless phone charging, wired and wireless
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and four USB-C ports.
Safety technology includes Light Assist (automatic high beam), Travel Assist
incorporating semi-autonomous Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Assist, Park
Assist, Side Assist, Driver Fatigue Monitor, Emergency Assist and rear camera.
Driveaway pricing is available at $47,990.
Options include a $2450 Leather and Sound Package, powered sunroof ($1800) and
premium metallic paint ($475).
All Cupra models get a five-year, unlimited kilometre standard warranty.