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Seat Leon X-Perience Takes Epic Road Trip in New Zealand [w/Video]

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Although Seat is not officially present on New Zealand’s car market, the brand’s marketing department thought it would be a good idea to ship the new Leon X-Perience there for a great photo shoot.

Seat Leon ST Cupra Is the Poor Man's Audi RS4 Avant

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Seat is following in the footsteps of parent company VW by bringing a performance compact estate to market with the new Leon ST Cupra, which has just been unveiled in production form.

The hot estate is the first Cupra model that adopts this body style and sources all its mechanical parts from the Leon Cupra Sport Coupé and five-door hatches. This means it is powered by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine available with two power levels: 265PS (261hp) in the Leon ST Cupra and 280PS (276hp) in the Leon ST Cupra 280. Both versions produce a maximum torque of 350Nm (258lb-ft) from 1,700 to 5,600 rpm.

Needless to say, the Cupra 280 is the fastest, reaching 100 km/h from standstill in 6 seconds flat when mated with the optional DSG transmission (6.1 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox). The standard Seat Leon ST Cupra accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds with the DSG and 6.2 seconds with the manual. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The figures are quite impressive for an estate that has a maximum load space of 1,470 liters (51.9 cu-ft) with the rear seats folded flat. Furthermore, declared fuel economy is quite low, at 6.6 l/100 km (35.6 mpg US) for both power variants with DSG and 6.7 l/100 km (35.1 mpg US) with the manual gearbox. This equates to CO2 figures of 154 and 157 grams.

The Seat Leon ST Cupra sports a similar styling kit to the Leon Cupra hatches that includes a revised front end with large air intakes, rear skirt with diffuser effect and the two oval end pipes. The alloy wheels are exclusive to the Cupra, while the red brake calipers and tinted side and rear windshields make it stand out from regular Leon ST models.

Inside, the Leon ST Cupra gets a sports steering wheel with shifting paddles for the optional DSG transmission, sports seats in black Alcantara finished with white stitching, as well as aluminum pedals and door sill plates.


Seat Confirms Compact and Small SUVs, Considers Large Crossover/MPV Too

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While Seat currently has no SUV in its lineup, the Spanish automaker has confirmed the launch of two crossovers within the next three years and possibly a third one later on.

New Leon X-Perience is Seat's Temporary Answer to its SUV Problem

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Until Seat gets its very own SUV – that will happen within the next two years, the Spaniards are relying on the new Leon X-Perience to satisfy European appetites for SUVs and crossovers.

Seat's New AWD Leon X-Perience from £24,385 in the UK

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We're used to seeing tall station wagons with FWD passed on as crossovers, but Seat's new Leon X-Perience not only has the looks, but also comes with standard AWD.

New Seat Leon CUPRA 280 Sub8 Performance Pack and Black and White-Line Editions

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There are plenty of goods coming from Seat and its hot Leon Cupra 280, as the Spanish carmaker released pricing for three new packages for the UK market.

SEAT Leon Cupra is a Serious Hot Hatch Contender, a Solid All-Rounder

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SEAT markets itself as the attainable side of sporty within the VW group family. All their cars may share underpinnings with VW models, but the specific tuning that’s been applied to them and the image that’s been created over time is slowly giving the brand its own character.

Sibling Rivalry: SEAT Leon Cupra vs. VW Golf R on Track

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A dry twisty track is not the ideal place to prove that the more powerful, four-wheel drive VW Golf R is faster than a lesser powered front-wheel drive SEAT Leon Cupra. In fact, it would prove the above statement completely false, as the Autocar video posted below illustrates.

Subaru, What Subaru? Meet Seat’s New Taller Leon X-Perience With Standard AWD

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What SEAT calls “the most beautiful estate car in its class,” the Leon ST, has just been made more enticing through the introduction of the X-Perience variant. While it’s ill-inspired name and the manufacturer’s lack of experience may drive you away, they shouldn’t, because this car is actually pretty good as it’s closely related to the capable Skoda Octavia Scout.

SEAT Says it Could Beat Renault Megane RS Nürburgring Record if Leon Cupra Loses Weight

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Renault move to retake the Nurburgring frong-wheel drive lap record has already prompted a reaction from SEAT whose Leon Cupra had not been holding the record for long.

Performance Bargains: First-Gen Skoda Octavia vRS and Seat Leon Cupra R

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Back around the turn of the millennium, in the days when Volkswagen was only giving its boring looking and soft to drive Mark IV Golf GTI a mere 148hp (150PS), Skoda and Seat (both established VW group members) were using the higher-spec version of the five-valve per cylinder 1.8-liter turbo they all shared (with the Audi TT); it made 177hp (180PS) and 207hp (210PS) respectively.

Renault Mégane RS Takes on Seat Leon Cupra 280 in EVO’s Latest Track Battle

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We all know that the Seat Leon Cupra 280 has snatched the Nürburgring lap record for front-wheel drive production vehicles from the Renault Mégane RS Trophy, but can it beat the French hot-hatch in a track battle? EVO thought it was time to find out the answer to this question and took both cars for a spin around the Bedford Autodrome. But first, some performance specs for both cars.

Seat UK Dealer Designs Leon Using Genuine Accessories

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Jennings Seat in Middlesbrough has won the first “Kings of Leon” competition, organized by Seat UK to see who could build the most striking Leon using the brand's genuine accessories.

Can the BMW M235i Beat the New Seat Leon Cupra in a Drag Race? Well, Duh…

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We usually try to hide the winner of performance videos in our titles and subsequent writings, but EVO magazine's latest online episode leaves us no choice due to the huge power gap between the two competitors, with the only excuse given being the similar power-to-weight ratios.

AE Stages Fratricidal Duel Between VW Golf R and Seat Leon Cupra 280

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The Seat Leon Cupra 280 may have set the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for production front-wheel drive cars, but it isn’t the most powerful hot-hatch in VW Group’s stable. The VW Golf R and Audi S3 share that honor, with 300PS (296hp) each from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Seat Sharpens Leon’s Looks in the UK with a Sports Styling Kit

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Seat has announced a Sports Styling Kit for the new Leon in the UK, styled by the carmaker’s design center in Martorell, Spain. Available from any Seat dealership as a retrofit option, the Leon Sports Styling Kit can be fitted on the five-door Leon and three-door Leon SC, but not on the Leon ST wagon.

Seat Leon Cupra 280 is the Fastest Production FWD Car on the 'Ring, Beats CTS-V and M3 E92!

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Whereas Honda is making promises about building the most extreme series-production front-wheel drive car with the fastest time around the Nürburgring track (we're talking about next year's Civic Type R), Seat quietly and without the need of any dramatic aero kits set the record straight by obliterating the Renault Megane RS Trophy's time of 8:07.97, standing from 2011.

Seat Leon Cupra 280 Sets New 'Ring Record for FWD Production Cars with 7m58.44s

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They didn’t tease it for nothing; Seat’s new Leon Cupra 280 has set a new Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for front-wheel drive production cars with a time of 7m58.44s. That’s almost 10 seconds faster than the previous record for FWD production cars, set by the Renault Megane RS Trophy in 2011 (8m07.97s).

Seat Counts the...Nürburgring's Trees in New Leon Cupra Video

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Seat released a second teaser video of its new Leon Cupra’s Nürburgring lap, but instead of offering us a clue regarding the time set by its newest hot hatch, the carmaker had a more playful approach.

AE Drives New Seat Leon Cupra, Says it's a Performance Bargain Over the Golf GTI

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Although it shares the platform with the seventh-generation VW Golf GTI, the new Seat Leon Cupra features considerably more power and gets standard features like the front limited slip differential and adaptive dampers that are optional on the German car.