The Seat Leon facelift range was unveiled in October without the range topping Cupra hot hatch. It didn’t take them too long though – here it is, the facelifted Seat Leon Cupra with even more power than before.

The Leon Cupra’s 2.0 TSI engine now produces 300 hp and 380 Nm of torque, the latter available from 1,800 to 5,500 rpm. That’s 10 hp and 30 Nm more than the car it replaces, making the latest Leon Cupra the most powerful model in the series ever produced by Seat. For best results, the turbo four-pot can be had with a DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

Power hike aside, the other big news in the availability of four-wheel drive, but only with the ST wagon bodystyle and DSG. The Leon Cupra ST DSG 4Drive might remind some fans of the first-gen AWD Leon Cupra from year 2000.


Standard for all Leon Cupras are DCC adaptive chassis control, progressive steering and an electronic self-locking differential. The Cupra Drive Profile offers five modes – Comfort, Sport, Eco, Individual and the most extreme, Cupra.

Hot bits aside, the new Cupra also benefits from the improvements given to the rest of the Leon facelift range. Sharper looks aside, the main focus is on driver assistance systems such as Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Pedestrian Protection, plus conveniences such as an electric parking brake and keyless entry/start.

Seat’s Media System Plus with its eight-inch touchscreen is the brand’s latest infotainment system. The latest Leon can also be had with a Connectivity Box in the central console that comprises a smartphone wireless charger and a GSM antenna amplifier for areas with low coverage. Deliveries will begin in February 2017 in Europe.

GALLERY: 2017 Seat Leon facelift