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New dawn (Seat Leon SC Cupra 280 DSG long-term test - Delivery Note)


A FEW years ago hot hatches were a dying breed. Fuel prices were making MPG figures in the 20s unmanageable and insurance costs had skyrocketed, largely thanks to selfish fraudsters claiming for whiplash after hitting so much as a small leaf. Still, things are looking up, and for the next six months I'm one of the beneficiaries. Seat has thrown the hot hatch dice again with this, the new Leon Cupra. You can get it in three- and five-door moulds, with the three-door (otherwise called the SC, for Sport Coupé) yours in either entry-level 265-horsepower trim or as this, the flagship Cupra 280. This is the car Seat really wanted to make. The 265 is just this with a slightly different engine map and some trinkets taken off to create a lower entry price point, so this is the meat of the latest Cupra e...

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