2021 Cupra Leon PHEV Hot Hatch Vs. The Moose Test: Did It Pass?


Launched in Europe a couple of months ago, the 2021 Cupra Leon was recently subjected to the moose test.

With the safety systems turned on, it made a good impression at 75 km/h (47 mph), with Km77 noting that neither understeer nor oversteer were noticeable.

Nonetheless, in order to pass the test, it must exceed 77 km/h (48 mph). And it did it at 79 km/h (49 mph) without hitting any cones – unlike its platform-sharing sibling, the Volkswagen Golf Mk8, which failed the test earlier this year.

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The 2021 Cupra Leon impressed in the slalom evaluation, where it performed better than one of its biggest rivals, the Ford Focus ST, with a peak speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). Switching off the ESC though turned out to be not a good idea, as it made the Spanish plug-in hybrid hot hatch less maneuverable.

Powered by a 1.4-liter TSI petrol engine and an electric motor, the 242 hp Cupra Leon plug-in hybrid can do the 0 to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 6.7 seconds and hit a 140 mph (225 km/h) top speed. The 13 kWh lithium-ion battery can be recharged in 3.5 hours at a Wallbox and gives it an electric range of 34-37 miles (55-60 km/h) on the WLTP cycle. Pricing starts at €37,816 ($46,074) in Germany.

Other powertrain options include a 242 HP 2.0-liter four-pot and a 296 HP variant of the same engine. The 306 HP and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) unit is reserved for the Sportstourer wagon, which is also equipped with all-wheel drive.


Updated: December 31, 2020 — 4:33 pm

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