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

    carwowPrije 25 dana

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

  2. Rover Waters

    Rover WatersPrije 17 dana

    does your dad own carwow?

  3. PhantomzLUL

    PhantomzLULPrije 17 dana

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

  4. Haider Hassan

    Haider HassanPrije 23 dana

    We want Buggati

  5. Fr Benoy

    Fr BenoyPrije 24 dana

    Missed it 😉

  6. God DeMuro

    God DeMuroPrije 24 dana

    Favorite part of the video after the annoying features part

  7. eUK95

    eUK95Prije 16 minuta

    2:46 "what are you doing, step stick?"

  8. Perry Beaugie

    Perry BeaugiePrije 5 sati

    How can you charge so much for a bob standard hatchback not for me at that price


    MUCKSPREADER1Prije dan

    How many times does mat mention his sponsor VW golf GTi.So boring and predictable. Also how noisy is it?

  10. Aydin Khan

    Aydin KhanPrije 2 dana

    This car just mixes some vw parts

  11. Hulda Lucien

    Hulda LucienPrije 7 dana

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

  12. siddhant khandelwal

    siddhant khandelwalPrije 7 dana

    Why is Bill Gates doing the review?

  13. Александер Александер

    Александер АлександерPrije 8 dana

    Снимите обзор на Lada Vesta Sw Cross

  14. N T

    N TPrije 10 dana

    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.

  15. Foster Koranteng

    Foster KorantengPrije 11 dana

    Sad we don’t get this car in Australia

  16. Aaron A

    Aaron APrije 11 dana

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

  17. Kristoffer Syverstuen

    Kristoffer SyverstuenPrije 11 dana

    Looks like a Volvo

  18. Tiago Santos

    Tiago SantosPrije 12 dana

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

  19. Leah Marshall

    Leah MarshallPrije 13 dana

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

  20. Antonio Manuel Martin De la Nuez

    Antonio Manuel Martin De la NuezPrije 13 dana

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

  21. رایان قربانی

    رایان قربانیPrije 15 dana

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

  22. RuiD

    RuiDPrije 16 dana

    Love the copper

  23. Crave Leaks

    Crave LeaksPrije 16 dana

    Cupra Leon looks amazing.

  24. Jonathan Gray

    Jonathan GrayPrije 16 dana

    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

  25. Boothy HD

    Boothy HDPrije 16 dana

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

  26. TheOld PCGamer77

    TheOld PCGamer77Prije 16 dana

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

  27. Rover Waters

    Rover WatersPrije 17 dana

    romanian g psy like copper very much

  28. Jonathan Castro

    Jonathan CastroPrije 17 dana

    The color is amazing

  29. Sélim Nasr

    Sélim NasrPrije 17 dana

    Say-at Lay-on

  30. Thomas Garbutt

    Thomas GarbuttPrije 18 dana

    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?

  31. jeebs621

    jeebs621Prije 18 dana

    This car reminds me of an Audi/Mazda cross breed

  32. Tz 6

    Tz 6Prije 18 dana

    Lame looking car though. Just bland and dull.

  33. Mpamphs Tripokaridos

    Mpamphs TripokaridosPrije 18 dana

    It looks like Hyundai

  34. David Boyes

    David BoyesPrije 18 dana

    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.

  35. Will Goodwin

    Will GoodwinPrije 18 dana

    Estate please!

  36. Demetri286

    Demetri286Prije 18 dana

    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.

  37. Liam Darling

    Liam DarlingPrije 18 dana

    Exhaust sounds so shit 😖😩

  38. Stuart Smith

    Stuart SmithPrije 18 dana

    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

  39. tom bez

    tom bezPrije 18 dana

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

  40. Eben Swanepoel

    Eben SwanepoelPrije 19 dana

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

  41. NubletPie278

    NubletPie278Prije 19 dana

    5:48 hi Alan Partridge

  42. marc

    marcPrije 19 dana

    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.

  43. itwasntme

    itwasntmePrije 19 dana

    Heap of 💩

  44. 80's Tech and reselling

    80's Tech and resellingPrije 19 dana

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

  45. Corrado Ferrario

    Corrado FerrarioPrije 19 dana

    Troppe parole ...vogliamo sentire il sound del motore

  46. steve guest

    steve guestPrije 19 dana

    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.

  47. Module 79L

    Module 79LPrije 19 dana

    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

  48. Martin Ivanov

    Martin IvanovPrije 19 dana

    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

  49. t Lim

    t LimPrije 19 dana

    CarWow reviews are always better without the clowning.

  50. suu woo

    suu wooPrije 20 dana

    I wish this was available in the U.S

  51. cenko m

    cenko mPrije 20 dana

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

  52. max3d0ut1

    max3d0ut1Prije 20 dana

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

  53. Tahsin Faiyaz

    Tahsin FaiyazPrije 20 dana

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

  54. Adem Karamusa

    Adem KaramusaPrije 20 dana

    Old one was better looking

  55. Andrew Shipley

    Andrew ShipleyPrije 21 dan

    …..£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!

  56. Lord Refrigerator Intercooler

    Lord Refrigerator IntercoolerPrije 21 dan

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

  57. tryder

    tryderPrije 21 dan

    How do you do this ?

  58. alex Freakie

    alex FreakiePrije 21 dan

    looks like Elantra

  59. fernandorat

    fernandoratPrije 21 dan

    Awesome color!

  60. Indi vidudumm

    Indi vidudummPrije 21 dan

    Beautiful car!

  61. D J

    D JPrije 21 dan

    They’ve both got the same utterly shite infortainment software

  62. under90seconds

    under90secondsPrije 21 dan

    14:57 You deserve like for this

  63. KaizerSoze86

    KaizerSoze86Prije 21 dan

    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.

  64. Ben Haworth

    Ben HaworthPrije 21 dan

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

  65. Ben Haworth

    Ben HaworthPrije 21 dan

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

  66. GDV373

    GDV373Prije 21 dan

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

  67. Kcuf elgoog

    Kcuf elgoogPrije 21 dan

    Love the styling but it's far too expensive

  68. Hemuli5454

    Hemuli5454Prije 21 dan

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

  69. SmokyBarret

    SmokyBarretPrije 21 dan

    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 😆

  70. Martin Peeters

    Martin PeetersPrije 21 dan

    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)

  71. MatheiusS

    MatheiusSPrije 21 dan

    it looks like shit

  72. TCarsHD

    TCarsHDPrije 21 dan

    Top Cupra

  73. Baituc Ovidiu

    Baituc OvidiuPrije 21 dan

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

  74. Joshua Newton-Key

    Joshua Newton-KeyPrije 21 dan

    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

  75. Ronaldo

    RonaldoPrije 21 dan

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

  76. Chris

    ChrisPrije 21 dan

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

  77. dxbmick

    dxbmickPrije 21 dan

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

  78. Elva White

    Elva WhitePrije 21 dan

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

  79. Nankuvapes

    NankuvapesPrije 21 dan

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

  80. wahriff

    wahriffPrije 21 dan

    Eninge noise imitation got me =D

  81. Tomi Loger

    Tomi LogerPrije 21 dan

    Automatic only... no thanx!

  82. Petar Nedyalkov

    Petar NedyalkovPrije 22 dana

    That’s how a hot hatch should look like

  83. Dan Brunsdon

    Dan BrunsdonPrije 22 dana

    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

  84. Dawid Bartman

    Dawid BartmanPrije 22 dana

    Did you you just say Odbyt ?? MUAHAHHAAHHA10:47

  85. Jacques Moolman

    Jacques MoolmanPrije 22 dana

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

  86. Przemysław Ciszewski

    Przemysław CiszewskiPrije 22 dana

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

  87. Chris

    ChrisPrije 22 dana

    Please review new Hyundai I30N with Dct gearbox

  88. PemoPL

    PemoPLPrije 22 dana

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

  89. Gert-Jan De Cocker

    Gert-Jan De CockerPrije 22 dana

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

  90. A K

    A KPrije 22 dana

    So it’s basically a poor mans Golf R

  91. His Lordship

    His LordshipPrije 22 dana

    Drag race this and Team HARD's touring car 😄

  92. ameer qamhia

    ameer qamhiaPrije 22 dana

    Seat Leon cupra vs golf R Can't wait 😍

  93. Simon D

    Simon DPrije 22 dana

    @carwow What about compared to i30N?


    JISHNU SRINIVASANPrije 22 dana

    11:41 mat does look like bill gates 😂

  95. Verzo

    VerzoPrije 22 dana

    Looks way better than the Golf 8 GTI/Clubsport

  96. All Time Auto Reviews

    All Time Auto ReviewsPrije 22 dana

    tbh kinda looks like the mazda 3

  97. Jia Liu

    Jia LiuPrije 22 dana

    Good car until you visited the SEAT service

  98. Charlie Gross

    Charlie GrossPrije 22 dana

    Why does the engine bay look like a golf?

  99. Mark

    MarkPrije 22 dana

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

  100. Grey man

    Grey manPrije 22 dana

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

  101. Ori Hefzi

    Ori HefziPrije 22 dana

    Finally, a review on this amazing car

  102. Simon Gibbs

    Simon GibbsPrije 22 dana

    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?

  103. Bartosz Olaf Drozdowski

    Bartosz Olaf DrozdowskiPrije 22 dana

    Cześć. Poland sends likes and subs. Nice car.

  104. regoat

    regoatPrije 22 dana

    Cześć Mat 🤣😊

  105. Canal Oval

    Canal OvalPrije 22 dana

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

  106. Michał Zaręba

    Michał ZarębaPrije 22 dana