2002 Seat Leon Cupra R 1.8 turbo (petrol) from UK and Ireland
Well worth the extra over a regular Cupra
Nothing so far (although previous Cupra was far from reliable).
Tyre wear seriously worrying though - Pirelli P-Zero Rossos, worn down to the tread indicators at 7,000 miles. Hmmm, not going to be cheap to replace I guess.
Paintwork (black) terrible. Chips like crazy, and shedloads of swirling scratches. Not very impressive.
Performance is excellent, although not that much quicker than a well run in bog standard Cupra.
Overall though, brakes, grip and suspension more than warranty the extra £2,000 over the regular Cupra.
Like the "Spanish Skoda" quips as well - don't know if anyone's noticed, but Skodas are seriously respectable cars now - just hope that Seat can match Skoda reliability in future.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th June, 2003