2003 Seat Leon Cupra R 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland


Watch out for BMW diesels!


There has been a fault with the airbag, as the light is on permanently.

Slightly noisy auxiliary belt when idling. Sounds more like the actual pulleys rather than the belt.

Fuel filler cap won't open via the button inside.

ESP button won't work.

Has loud tyre noise at about 40-50 MPH. Not sure if it's the hard compound tyres. Sound like front bearings have gone, but they have been checked.

General Comments:

So far the car has been good to own and lots of fun.

With the black 18in alloys and factory bodykit, it does look the part.

Economy wise I can get about 30 MPG average, even with a heavy right foot. I tend to use V-Power fuel, but don't know if it really makes any difference.

Road tax isn't too bad at £260 for the year. Insurance is not as high as I thought it would be.

Performance is average. Mine is the 210 BHP version as it has the AMK engine code. Sometimes it feels quite flat, but once it gets on full boost it's quite brisk. However, a BMW 320d kept up with me the other day quite easily, and could have passed me. Maybe a remap might be on the cards.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th June, 2011

2003 Seat Leon Cupra 1.8 T 20v from UK and Ireland


Very stylish and luxurious


Water Pump Failed @ 27.5K, common fault on the 1.8T engine. (replace water pump for metal impeller version and replace timing belt)

Rear door seals allow water into rear foot wells, but this is cured by punching a drain hole in the seal.

Rear lights leak water into boot, (replace seals).

Rear door speakers blown.

Coil pack failure @ 46k.

General Comments:

Remapped performance is excellent, and if you decide to also do suspension and brake upgrades, this makes for a very fast car.

Leather interior is very stylish and nice looking.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th May, 2008

2003 Seat Leon sports 1.9TDi from UK and Ireland



General Comments:

What a great car, I have only got the standard version, but the performance and the ride are excellent. My wife has also had a seat before, that was an Ibiza and all we can say is that seat are certainly value for money.

The car is quick, very quick.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2006

2003 Seat Leon Cupra R 1.8T from UK and Ireland


Great car, will make you and your passengers smile, a real head turner


Cracked paintwork around front drivers side headlight, fixed under warranty.

Leaking bulkhead caused drivers side foot-well puddle again fixed under warranty.

General Comments:

Car quick in standard form even better with a remap boosting power to around 260bhp, although have to be careful with the right foot when in 1st & 2nd!

Handling pretty good, but not as it should be, tail feels very heavy when pushing quite hard into corners.

Impressive interior finish very comfortable over short and long journeys and many standard features to keep you busy for example: Climate control and six disk auto-changer,

Overall for £18k there is no better car on the road for looks and performance.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2006

2003 Seat Leon Cupra R 1.8 T 20v 225bhp from UK and Ireland


A true practical drivers car great value with very little compromises


Cup holder & cig. lighter element (Not much nothing important or worth crying about)

General Comments:

Response to earlier comments posted: I just bought a Leon Cupra R and I smoked a few decent cars including a Subaru WRX and a S4 on my way home from picking it up.

Great torque, pulling power in every gear, I thought they had stopped making affordable cars like this. Most fun I've had in a long time.

Seat have got it right, all the important areas have been well designed and had money well spent. The interior switches and bits and bobs are not the best, but no worse than VW & Audi a few years back. STILL GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY!

A recommend this as a true drivers car!

What do you need four wheel drive for?

Switch off the ESP and drive the car like it meant to be, Electronics and safety features just spoil the real fun!

What did you spend all that money on driving lessons for? So the car could drive you around and keep you on the road?!?!

Cheap, powerful, cheap insurance, reasonable MPG, practical... better than any French or Italian junkers which are designed around pre-fabricated faults.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2005

2nd Nov 2005, 23:29

Audi s4 would kill you performance wise...


3rd Nov 2005, 03:31

Sorry I must agree.

An Audi S4 driven properly would make short work of a Leon Cupra, so would a properly driven WRX.

Is this you first real performance car?

You really must not get carried away, you are in Civic Type R, Clio 182 territory with the Cupra.

Don't mistake it for something it isn't :-)