Seat portrays itself as a passionate brand but under VW ownership is in fact the defiantly sensible choice. The deal with the Leon Cupra was always that you got the most power and best bits from the VW parts bin for a bargain price. And much of the standard kit on the Leon Cupra would indeed cost you extra on the equivalent Golf GTI and there's a rawness to the driving manners that set it apart from its sober German cousin. The addition of a '4Drive' four-wheel drive DSG auto version of the ST estate, meanwhile, offers a genuine alternative to the posher Golf with real practicality and all-round pace. The on-paper RRP is perhaps not as cheap as it was – deals in the showroom may yet restore that price advantage.
Price tag of our car
From £29,840 (manual SC three-door) to £34,170 (DSG 4Drive estate)