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
climate control.

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.

About Alistair Kennedy

Alistair Kennedy is Automotive News Service and Marque Publishing's business manager and the company's jack-of-all-trades. An accountant by profession, he designs the Marque range of motoring book titles, operates the company's motoring bookshop on the NSW Central Coast and the associated web site, as well as its huge digital and hard copy database. Whenever we can escape from the office he does so to cover new vehicle releases and contributes news stories. Alistair's other interests include cricket and family history on which he has written three books.
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