When manufacturers invite you to their global launches and the first test drives for a new model, it usually has nothing to do with where they’re from. Kia won’t ask you to travel to South Korea and Mazda will not take you through Hiroshima.
However, sometimes, it’s better that way. For example, SEAT invited us to test their new Leon ST Cupra in Mallorca, coincidentally or not, on their home turf. It may seem like a peculiar choice, but it fit the car perfectly.
The island has some beautiful mountain roads on it that allowed us not only to put the 280 HP engine and its smart, limited slip differential at work. Needless to say that on those twisty roads, the manual 6-speed gearbox became our favorite while the DSG fell on the second place.
As a matter of fact, we also put together a short list in our review, to tell you what to do buy and what to steer away from when purchasing one of these cars brand new. While you should stay clear of the twin-clutch gearbox you should get the performance package that adds some nicely colored wheels to the mix.
The interior isn’t all that great either. Don’t get the wrong idea, there’s nothing fundamentally bad about it but it just doesn’t feel like it’s worth the €32,950 starting price of the car. If we’re to make a suggestion here, we’d recommend the optional performance seats.
What the SEAT Leon ST Cupra is in the end, could be defined as the perfect car for the family man that wants to save some money and still get the thrills he needs. The pricing is right, the power is more than enough and the fuel consumption is nowhere as high as we, though. If you’re getting a weird buzz right now, know that we understand you and we prepared even more full HD wallpapers for you in our review.