Cupra Leon 2021 review - better than a Golf GTI Clubsport?!

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This is the Cupra Leon! It's effectively a Spanish version of the VW Golf GTI, and Mat's on hand to see if this 'hot' Leon can compete with its German counterpart!

Well for starters, there’s no denying that it looks the part. With sportier bumpers at both the front and the part, the Cupra Leon looks much more aggressive than the regular Leon (even if the bumper comes fitted with a number of fake vents 😳). It also comes equipped with a number of chassis and brake upgrades, naturally.

As for performance, well there are three engines available to choose from. Top-of-the-range is the 300 (which we have here in this review) which is a 2-litre turbo petrol that’ll deliver 300hp and 400Nm of torque.

And of course, given it's a ‘hot’ version of the Leon, you also get a number of interior design updates, along with Cupra badges throughout. The question is, should you really pay upwards of £32,000 for one? You’ll have to keep watching to find out!

00:00 Intro
00:42 Price
01:16 Exterior Design
03:07 Chassis
03:56 Brakes
05:05 Engines
05:34 Interior
06:58 Back Seats
07:22 Boot
07:59 Five Annoying Features
09:33 Five Cool Features
11:33 Driving
14:18 0-60mph
15:15 Verdict

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  1. carwow


    18 ימים לפני

    2:40 The long-awaited return of the carwow stick of truth 🙌 Have we missed it!?

    • Rover Waters

      Rover Waters

      10 ימים לפני

      does your dad own carwow?

    • PhantomzLUL


      10 ימים לפני

      @Kristiāns Ozoliņš sounds like a car my re teacher makes😂

    • Haider Hassan

      Haider Hassan

      16 ימים לפני

      We want Buggati

    • Fr Benoy

      Fr Benoy

      17 ימים לפני

      Missed it 😉

    • God DeMuro

      God DeMuro

      17 ימים לפני

      Favorite part of the video after the annoying features part

  2. Hulda Lucien

    Hulda Lucien

    18 שעות לפני

    The bright squirrel rarely reply because philippines usually search an a numberless ease. hallowed, boundless snowboarding

  3. siddhant khandelwal

    siddhant khandelwal

    21 שעה לפני

    Why is Bill Gates doing the review?

  4. Александер Александер

    Александер Александер

    יום לפני

    Снимите обзор на Lada Vesta Sw Cross

  5. N T

    N T

    3 ימים לפני

    I just watched your gti vs 128ti video. In the wet the stopped at 47m and 48m respectively. So 45m in the wet is actually very good.

  6. Foster Koranteng

    Foster Koranteng

    4 ימים לפני

    Sad we don’t get this car in Australia

  7. Aaron A

    Aaron A

    4 ימים לפני

    Only reason I would buy this is the colour, but at the end of the day you can get any car that colour

  8. Kristoffer Syverstuen

    Kristoffer Syverstuen

    5 ימים לפני

    Looks like a Volvo

  9. Tiago Santos

    Tiago Santos

    6 ימים לפני

    thats what happend when you use a touchscreen with wet fingers ahahha

  10. Leah Marshall

    Leah Marshall

    7 ימים לפני

    Please tell me someone else noticed the Minecraft zombie sound at 01:26 😆

  11. Antonio Manuel Martin De la Nuez

    Antonio Manuel Martin De la Nuez

    7 ימים לפני

    Se ve que no le gusta el coche. Un poco de pitorreo veo por su parte.

  12. رایان قربانی

    رایان قربانی

    9 ימים לפני

    VW golf 8 = 💩 peugeot 308 = 🙂 Cupra leon = 👑

  13. RuiD


    9 ימים לפני

    Love the copper

  14. Crave Leaks

    Crave Leaks

    9 ימים לפני

    Cupra Leon looks amazing.

  15. Jonathan Gray

    Jonathan Gray

    9 ימים לפני

    The fact he described Bridgestones as grippy, whilst not being ironic, is crazy. Think Bridgestones are the worst tyres for road cars going. Literally anything is better. Even budget Uniroyals are better

  16. Boothy HD

    Boothy HD

    9 ימים לפני

    Unique styling and something a bit different. Very good performance too, I’d get one if I was looking for a hot hatch.

  17. TheOld PCGamer77

    TheOld PCGamer77

    10 ימים לפני

    Did your clothes shrink in the wash 😂😂🤣🤣.

  18. Rover Waters

    Rover Waters

    10 ימים לפני

    romanian g psy like copper very much

  19. Jonathan Castro

    Jonathan Castro

    10 ימים לפני

    The color is amazing

  20. Sélim Nasr

    Sélim Nasr

    11 ימים לפני

    Say-at Lay-on

  21. Thomas Garbutt

    Thomas Garbutt

    11 ימים לפני

    Is there any chance of you doing a review of a A6 all road and see if it’s actually any good in some “off road” conditions?

  22. jeebs621


    11 ימים לפני

    This car reminds me of an Audi/Mazda cross breed

  23. Tz 6

    Tz 6

    11 ימים לפני

    Lame looking car though. Just bland and dull.

  24. Mpamphs Tripokaridos

    Mpamphs Tripokaridos

    11 ימים לפני

    It looks like Hyundai

  25. David Boyes

    David Boyes

    11 ימים לפני

    What on earth is a Cupra? £31,500 for a car brand I never knew existed? Don’t think I’ll bother. By the way, it’s filthy.

  26. Will Goodwin

    Will Goodwin

    11 ימים לפני

    Estate please!

  27. Demetri286


    11 ימים לפני

    It's unfortunate that we can't get these cars in the US without paying a fortune to import and modify them to meet federal regulations.

  28. Liam Darling

    Liam Darling

    11 ימים לפני

    Exhaust sounds so shit 😖😩

  29. Stuart Smith

    Stuart Smith

    12 ימים לפני

    Why does he continually go on abiut slipping off those pedals? Absolutely nothing wrong with them, u could do what he's doing on any pedals

  30. tom bez

    tom bez

    12 ימים לפני

    Golf is just Golf and nobody can change that, even with v12 engine on back seats still same boring Golf ,just faster imho.

  31. Eben Swanepoel

    Eben Swanepoel

    12 ימים לפני

    Matt you getting a bit grey on top, whats going on old chap.

  32. NubletPie278


    12 ימים לפני

    5:48 hi Alan Partridge

  33. marc


    12 ימים לפני

    Je suis au volant de ma Megane RS 300HP! j'aime cette vidéo mais je ne connais pas cette caisse VAG! et en Espagne, il n'y a pas de Cupra! WTF... Merci pour la vidéo.

  34. itwasntme


    12 ימים לפני

    Heap of 💩

  35. 80's Tech and reselling

    80's Tech and reselling

    12 ימים לפני

    It does looks a lot better than the new golf, but so does a rotten banana smashed into a wall.

  36. Corrado Ferrario

    Corrado Ferrario

    12 ימים לפני

    Troppe parole ...vogliamo sentire il sound del motore

  37. steve guest

    steve guest

    13 ימים לפני

    Great car but you will park it in a car park come back and it will be gone like my Audi sports never been seen again.

  38. Module 79L

    Module 79L

    13 ימים לפני

    1:28 - No, it's not. Copper in Spanish is "cobre" and its colour has the same name. 5:51 - That awkward moment when Mat realised that Copacabana is south of Havana... xD

  39. Martin Ivanov

    Martin Ivanov

    13 ימים לפני

    ugly af. id rather buy the yaris gr/type r or any japanese for a bit more or same and have a really good and unique car than a cheap generic german car with trash interior and meh exterior

  40. t Lim

    t Lim

    13 ימים לפני

    CarWow reviews are always better without the clowning.

  41. suu woo

    suu woo

    13 ימים לפני

    I wish this was available in the U.S

  42. cenko m

    cenko m

    13 ימים לפני

    Audi S8 2017.... 3.1 secs 0-100.

  43. max3d0ut1


    13 ימים לפני

    5:07 Mat's reaction to a 1.4 engine ahaha

  44. Tahsin Faiyaz

    Tahsin Faiyaz

    14 ימים לפני

    Hi americans, thts what u get for jst buying suvs, u only get a nasty golf and none of the good shit.

  45. Adem Karamusa

    Adem Karamusa

    14 ימים לפני

    Old one was better looking

  46. Andrew Shipley

    Andrew Shipley

    14 ימים לפני

    …..£37k for a Seat!….the copper looks cheap as if someone has touched up parts of the car with a copper highlighter pen from WH Smith’s It will lose money quicker than it accelerates from 0-60!

  47. Lord Refrigerator Intercooler

    Lord Refrigerator Intercooler

    14 ימים לפני

    Issus 37k, you can get a good EV for that money...

  48. tryder


    14 ימים לפני

    How do you do this ?

  49. alex Freakie

    alex Freakie

    14 ימים לפני

    looks like Elantra

  50. fernandorat


    14 ימים לפני

    Awesome color!

  51. Indi vidudumm

    Indi vidudumm

    14 ימים לפני

    Beautiful car!

  52. D J

    D J

    14 ימים לפני

    They’ve both got the same utterly shite infortainment software

  53. under90seconds


    14 ימים לפני

    14:57 You deserve like for this

  54. KaizerSoze86


    14 ימים לפני

    I've got 280 version for over 7 years now and I think that this new shape is really bad. Pedals are the same as mine and the engine cover looks so cheap. Maybe in few years I'll start to like it but for now it's not impressive at all. Car without balls. The new ibiza fr looks better than this car.

  55. Ben Haworth

    Ben Haworth

    14 ימים לפני

    Lol the 140i has the same sort of set up for the front vents like this cupra

  56. Ben Haworth

    Ben Haworth

    14 ימים לפני

    Mats girlfriend: “Right, we’re going over to my parents for tea tonight.” Mat: “Help me Carwow”

  57. GDV373


    14 ימים לפני

    Can you please review the cupra leon e hybrid vs the golf gte pleases!!

  58. Kcuf elgoog

    Kcuf elgoog

    14 ימים לפני

    Love the styling but it's far too expensive

  59. Hemuli5454


    14 ימים לפני

    Those vents for radiators are huuuge but no protective meshes for the radiators. At least BMW made those for the new M3.

  60. SmokyBarret


    14 ימים לפני

    Yeah I was not impressed by the infotainment system too. I just prefer hard buttons for practicality, you can adjust the volume without looking once you have the button 😆

  61. Martin Peeters

    Martin Peeters

    14 ימים לפני

    Touchscreen didn't react very well at 3:35 cause you were touching it with your hand on top (you can notice if you pay attention to the top of the touchscreen)

  62. MatheiusS


    15 ימים לפני

    it looks like shit

  63. TCarsHD


    15 ימים לפני

    Top Cupra

  64. Baituc Ovidiu

    Baituc Ovidiu

    15 ימים לפני

    On 3:35,the display wasn't working properly because you was touching 2 buttons at same time ...just saying

  65. Joshua Newton-Key

    Joshua Newton-Key

    15 ימים לפני

    That is the most dopesterino color combo for a car I've ever seen it looks like a wrap job from yianni but it is apparently not that is very nice and sweet and cool and I would like to lick it

  66. Ronaldo


    15 ימים לפני

    This color is beautiful. Also the start button on the well is something very nice that i've never seen. I like it.

    • Chris


      15 ימים לפני

      And both not available in the uk unfortunately neither are the wheels 😒

  67. dxbmick


    15 ימים לפני

    What's with the generic "no-names" engine cover. Bit sad really

  68. Elva White

    Elva White

    15 ימים לפני

    The scientific garlic weekly fill because possibility recently zip below a brainy particle. silky, fat faulty target

  69. Nankuvapes


    15 ימים לפני

    The way Matt said Laaauanch it with the hand gesture XD XD XD

  70. wahriff


    15 ימים לפני

    Eninge noise imitation got me =D

  71. Tomi Loger

    Tomi Loger

    15 ימים לפני

    Automatic only... no thanx!

  72. Petar Nedyalkov

    Petar Nedyalkov

    15 ימים לפני

    That’s how a hot hatch should look like

  73. Dan Brunsdon

    Dan Brunsdon

    15 ימים לפני

    Matt, why did you say "AVOID" the hybrid? I'm quite interested in the hybrid as an A250e alternative. What is wrong with it? Cheers

  74. Dawid Bartman

    Dawid Bartman

    15 ימים לפני

    Did you you just say Odbyt ?? MUAHAHHAAHHA10:47

  75. Jacques Moolman

    Jacques Moolman

    15 ימים לפני

    Please do a dry weather race with the Cupra and the other hot hatches??????

  76. Przemysław Ciszewski

    Przemysław Ciszewski

    15 ימים לפני

    Cześć Matt :-) You made my day, mate!! All best for You from Poland :-)

  77. Chris


    15 ימים לפני

    Please review new Hyundai I30N with Dct gearbox

  78. PemoPL


    15 ימים לפני

    Cześć Mat. Do not use bed words like “odbyt” :)

  79. Gert-Jan De Cocker

    Gert-Jan De Cocker

    15 ימים לפני

    Can you guys do a review of the formentor 1.4 plug in hybrid? 😃

  80. A K

    A K

    15 ימים לפני

    So it’s basically a poor mans Golf R

  81. His Lordship

    His Lordship

    15 ימים לפני

    Drag race this and Team HARD's touring car 😄

  82. ameer qamhia

    ameer qamhia

    15 ימים לפני

    Seat Leon cupra vs golf R Can't wait 😍

  83. Simon D

    Simon D

    15 ימים לפני

    @carwow What about compared to i30N?



    15 ימים לפני

    11:41 mat does look like bill gates 😂

  85. Verzo


    15 ימים לפני

    Looks way better than the Golf 8 GTI/Clubsport

  86. All Time Auto Reviews

    All Time Auto Reviews

    15 ימים לפני

    tbh kinda looks like the mazda 3

  87. Jia Liu

    Jia Liu

    15 ימים לפני

    Good car until you visited the SEAT service

  88. Charlie Gross

    Charlie Gross

    15 ימים לפני

    Why does the engine bay look like a golf?

  89. Mark


    15 ימים לפני

    They've done such a good job with the design of this. Matte blue with copper is 😍

  90. Grey man

    Grey man

    15 ימים לפני

    It all went downhill in looks since the mark 2 Cupra.

  91. Ori Hefzi

    Ori Hefzi

    15 ימים לפני

    Finally, a review on this amazing car

  92. Simon Gibbs

    Simon Gibbs

    15 ימים לפני

    Why should we bother even looking at this if they can't be bothered to provide a right hand drive car for you to review?

  93. Bartosz Olaf Drozdowski

    Bartosz Olaf Drozdowski

    15 ימים לפני

    Cześć. Poland sends likes and subs. Nice car.

  94. regoat


    15 ימים לפני

    Cześć Mat 🤣😊

  95. Canal Oval

    Canal Oval

    15 ימים לפני

    Is it me or Mat is dropping the "T" sound more nowadays?

  96. Michał Zaręba

    Michał Zaręba

    15 ימים לפני


  97. doctordsouza


    15 ימים לפני

    Is it just me who feels that the Cupra logo looks like two men taking a sh*t against each other?

  98. StaffMan


    15 ימים לפני

    All was very good until the very end. Why avoid the phev version of this car? Sure its "only" 245hp, but what is more the difference? Thans!

    • Chris


      15 ימים לפני

      The weight of the batteries and the fact they only have a 30mile range makes it the worst of both worlds I think

  99. Morgan Blue

    Morgan Blue

    15 ימים לפני

    Matt, do you really think that if you don't touch the element while talking about it we will miss it?