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Entry-Level Civic, Leon And i30 Engage In Budget Hatchbacks’ Drag Race 14
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Drag-Racing, Film, honda, Honda Civic, Honda Videos, Hyundai, Hyundai i30, Hyundai Videos, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Videos, UK, video on 01 14th, 2018

Usually, when you hear about a drag race, you imagine powerful stock or tuned cars going against each other. Well, this one is different.

That’s because Carwow brought together the Honda Civic, Hyundai i30 and Seat Leon, though not the respective Type R, N or Cupra variants as one would expect, but their base versions. They might not be that exciting, but they are the ones that sell in high volumes, so it’s interesting to see how fast they really are and how they compare against each other.

The Civic has the smallest engine here, a 1.0-liter turbo, while both the i30 and the Leon have 1.4-liter turbos. The Leon is the most powerful, rated at 150 horses, followed by the i30 with 140 and the Civic with 130. The Honda also happens to be the heaviest car here, which, on paper, puts it at a disadvantage.

So, which of the three hatchbacks won this budget-friendly drag race? Scroll down and find out.


Can Seat’s Arona Small SUV Lure You Away From The Competition? 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Film, reviews, Seat, Seat Arona, Seat Videos, video on 01 9th, 2018

In 2016, Seat launched their first SUV, the compact Ateca, and one year later, it was followed by the smaller Arona.

It represents the Spanish brand’s foray into the very crowded subcompact SUV segment, and takes on the Hyundai Kona, Citroen C3 Aircross, Ford EcoSport, and the old Nissan Juke.

The Arona posses a clean styling both inside and out, combined with plenty of standard features, even on the entry-level model, which gets 17-inch alloy wheels, metallic paint, and DRLs, among others.

Sharing its underpinnings with the latest Seat Ibiza, the new Arona offers plenty of storage spaces, and it can take four passengers on long journeys, but add a fifth one, and they might not be your friend for long, as the middle rear seat is very cramped. The Seat SUV also offers one of the largest boots in the class, which can become even more generous with the omnipresent 60/40 split rear seat.

On the go, the petrol powered versions are smooth and quite, although you may want to ditch the entry-level 95PS (94hp) 1.0-liter TSI and go for either the 115PS (113hp) version, or the FR, with a  punchier 150PS (148hp) unit, as the former can be a tad slow.

Those who still want to have a diesel, can get the 1.6-liter TDI, with either 95PS (94hp) or 115PS (113hp). Still, regardless of the model, all versions come exclusively with FWD.

Now, is the Seat Arona really worth buying? Well, let’s see what CarBuyer had to say about it.


Seat UK Has Sold Out Its Allotment Of Leon Cupra R Hot Hatches 7
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, UK on 01 7th, 2018

Are you a hot-hatch enthusiast in the UK who hoped to get your hands on the new Seat Leon Cupra R? Well, too bad, because it’s all sold out.

The Cupra R is the most hardcore version of the Spanish brand’s top performance model. It packs a 2.0-liter turbo four good for 310 metric horsepower, channeled to the front wheels through a six-speed manual. It also features wider wheel arches, a full carbon aero kit, 19-inch alloys, and copper trim inside and out.

Seat committed to making just 799 examples, only 24 of which were allocated to the UK, one of the world’s top hot-hatch markets. So, despite a sticker price of £34,995, it sold out “in a matter of weeks,” according to the automaker.

That represents an approximate £5k premium over the “standard” Cupra, which is available in three- or five-door hatchback forms or as an estate. The Cupra R is offered exclusively as a five-door hatch, in either grey or black.

That kind of money, in case you were wondering, would land you in an M140i hatch or M240i coupe. The Volkswagen Golf R, by comparison, packs the same-spec engine as the Cupra R but with all-wheel drive, and retails in the UK (on the road with tax) between £32,850 (for the manual three-door) and £34,790 (for the dual-clutch five-door).

“As soon as we saw the Leon CUPRA R for the first time, we knew it would appeal strongly to British performance car enthusiasts, but, we’ve simply been blown away by the amount of interest shown its generated,” said Seat UK director Richard Harrison. “I’m delighted, and not the least bit surprised, that the UK-bound cars all found homes in such a short space of time. I’m sure their lucky owners will enjoy many years of great driving in this exclusive series.”

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Here’s What Seat’s Leon Cupra R Can Do In The Hands Of A Racing Driver 15
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video on 12 15th, 2017

No chit-chat, no reference whatsoever about details such as the rear bench or storage spaces – just 4min and 11sec of Seat Leon Cupra R pure driving pleasure.

The clip posted by L’argus shows the Spanish hot hatch being pushed hard on a closed course with professional racing driver Jordi Gene behind the wheel.

The Cupra R is limited to just 799 units and is the brand’s most powerful road-legal vehicle ever. It is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine that’s shared with the Volkswagen Golf R, with an output of 310PS (306hp) in the manual transmission versions and 10PS (10hp) less in the six-speed DSG-equipped ones.

In both case, power is transmitted solely to the front wheels and Seat’s hot hatch will hit 100km/h (62mph) in 5.8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250km/h (155mph).

Exclusive carbon fiber details and some special colors set it apart from its lesser siblings on the outside, whereas its interior is covered in Alcantara and sports some copper and carbon fiber accents as well.


Seat Leon Cupra R Detailed In New Gallery [43 Pics] 4
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, new cars, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra on 12 4th, 2017

The new Leon Cupra R is the latest, most powerful and exclusive version of Seat’s hot hatch. It’s also the first sign of Seat’s future plans for the Cupra performance sub-brand, with the new Cupra R being not just the most powerful, but also the most hardcore version yet.

The production run will be limited to 799 units, divided into 499 manual and 300 DSG-fitted Cupra Rs. Only the manual cars get the full 310PS (306hp) from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine as those fitted with the six-speed DSG are stuck with the 300PS (296hp) of the regular model. On both cases though, 0-62mph (100km/h) is dealt with in 5.8 seconds, and there top speed is, as usually, limited electronically at 155mph (250km/h).

Both of them are front-wheel drive only and come fitted with specifically tuned adaptive suspension and an electronically limited slip differential. Other technical differences include wider tracks front and rear (1,593 and 1,530mm, respectively) with modified camber angles, bigger 370mm Brembo brakes, a reprogrammed adaptive steering rack and a retuned exhaust system.

Aside from the obvious fender extensions, the Leon Cupra R can be distinguished by its copper details and the new aero kit, which is made from carbon fiber and includes new front splitter, rear wing, side skirts and the rear diffuser. Seat claims an improvement in aerodynamic efficiency by 12.5 percent compared to the standard Cupra. The interior has also been upgraded with copper details on the dashboard, the console and the air condition trim pieces, Alcantara on the steering wheel and gear lever, as well as copper stitching on the bucket seats.

The first examples of the Leon Cupra R are expected to be delivered at the end of the year.


2018 Car Of The Year Finalists Announced, Which One Will Win? 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Alfa Romeo Stelvio, alfa-romeo, audi, Audi A8, BMW, BMW 5-Series, Car Of The Year, Citroen, Citroen C3 Aircross, Geneva Motor Show, Kia, Kia Stinger, Seat, Seat-Ibiza, VOLVO, Volvo XC40 on 11 27th, 2017

Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Citroen, Kia, Seat, and Volvo battle each other for the 2018th edition of the European Car of the Year (=COTY).

Selected from a long list of 37 new vehicles, all of which were launched this year, or will become available by the end of 2017, in five or more European markets, the finalists have proved themselves in various tests.

However, they will be further evaluated by the 60 members of the jury, from 23 countries, over the coming months, as they are responsible for picking one winner, which will be announced on the eve of the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, on March 5.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Presented last year, at the 2016 LA Auto Show, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio represents the brand’s first SUV. It comes with a familiar design, and in its range-topping form it shares the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with the Giulia QV, which is rated at 505hp and 600Nm (443lb-ft) of torque.

Audi A8

Audi’s flagship saloon, the A8, has been taken into its fourth generation, and despite having an evolutionary styling, inspired by the Prologue Concept, the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class rival is all-new, both on the outside, in the cabin, and beneath the skin. It’s also the first car on the road to get Level 3 autonomous driving.

BMW 5-Series

Underpinned by the CLAR platform, and with looks that could allow it to fly under the radar, the new generation BMW 5-Series proved itself worthy in various reviews, and it now wants to go home with the 2018 ECOTY award. It’s lighter yet comes with a larger footprint than its predecessor, while adding new engines, and even an autonomous driving tech that allows drivers to relax behind the wheel, into the mix.

Citroen C3 Aircross

The French company’s answer to the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, Ford EcoSport, and others debuted this summer wearing the Citroen C3 Aircross moniker. It has a funky crossover-ish design, unlike its MPV predecessor, and can be had with various personalization options, a feature that should help it attract a young audience.

Kia Stinger

With sexy styling and a rear-wheel drive platform, the Kia Stinger wants a piece of the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe, and Audi A5 Sportback. In addition, the Korean GT undercuts the four-door A5 by more than $10,000, and it’s $11,200 more affordable than the 4-Series GC, in the USA.

Seat Ibiza

The fifth-generation Seat Ibiza has a Leon-inspired styling and the MQB A0 architecture, a combo that should allow it to become a strong challenger against the likes of the Renault Clio, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, and Peugeot 208. It was presented for the first time at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and in its range-topping form, it has plenty of features, including a range of driver assistance systems.

Volvo XC40

Volvo’s smallest SUV yet, which slots under the XC60 and XC90, is called the XC40. It sports a familiar design, inspired by its two larger siblings, and it’s underpinned by the company’s new modular vehicle architecture, CMA, which was co-developed with Geely. Production began this month in Belgium, and the first units will arrive to customers next year.


New Seat Leon Reportedly On Track For A 2019 Launch 26
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Seat, Seat Ateca, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Mii on 11 26th, 2017

Seat is readying the fourth-generation of the Leon, which is expected to arrive within the next 18 months, or approximately 7 years after the current iteration was introduced.

Talking to AutoExpress, Matthias Rabe, the brand’s board member for R&D, explained that the new compact car is part of Seat’s most extensive push in their history, which includes several new or heavily updated vehicles.

“It’s our biggest push ever. We’ve had the Ateca, now Arona, the renewal of Ibiza, the facelifted Leon. But it’s only now that we really accelerate; over the next three years, we’ll see six or seven new models, and most of them will be totally new”, Rabe said, referring to the new-gen Leon and upcoming 3-row SUV, among others.

The 2020 Seat Leon will go down the evolutionary route in terms of styling, according to Rabe, who added that it will be instantly recognizable as a Leon,while sharing a few design elements with some of the latest vehicles currently made by the Spanish car manufacturer.

While it will sport a redesigned bodywork, beneath the skin, the next-gen Leon is expected to maintain the MQB architecture, albeit with a slight improvement in the wheelbase, which is expected to gain a few mm for improved legroom on the rear seat.

The engine lineup will probably include the 1.0 and 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol units along with a 1.6-liter diesel, while the 48V mild hybrid technology that will debut on the next-gen VW Golf could be part of the offerings as well along with a rumored PHEV.

In other related news, Seat’s electrification push will eventually give birth to their first EV, likely based on the Mii. The eMii is believed to debut in 2019, followed by their second electric car, which will share its MEB architecture with the Volkswagen I.D. hatch and other zero-emission cars that are planned by the Group.

Next spring, however, Seat are believed to expand their Cupra lineup, which, in Rabe’s own words, “is not just limited to the Leon”, so we could finally see a hot Ateca on the road.

Note: Third-gen Seat Leon pictured


Seat Leon ST Cupra R Could Take ‘Ring Record Back From AMG 21
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Reports, Seat, Seat Leon, Seat Leon Cupra on 11 21st, 2017

Mercedes recently took the Nürburgring lap record for wagons with the E63 S Estate. Before that, it belonged to the Seat Leon ST Cupra. But Seat has a new performance wagon in the works that could claim the record back again.

According to Auto Express, the Spanish automaker is working on a new Leon ST Cupra R that – if put into production – would be the fastest, most powerful model in Seat’s lineup.

Though the Leon hatchback isn’t piped for all-wheel drive, the wagon version is. That could allow the Leon ST Cupra R to put 335 horsepower down to the tarmac through all four wheels, eclipsing the 276-hp output of the previous ‘Ring-conquering wagon and the 306 hp in the latest Cupra R hot hatch.

That’d still fall far short of the AMG, whose size, price, and 604 horsepower put it in another league. But the smaller, more agile Seat only has to shave a baker’s dozen seconds off its lap time (previously clocked at 7:58) to catch the Merc’s 7:45.

‘Ring records aside, we hope Seat approves this beast for production, because the prospect of a Golf-sized wagon with that much more power than the Golf R’s 292 hp and the cargo capacity of a small crossover sounds mighty enticing to us.

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Seat Leon Cristobal Concept Is The Safest Car In The Company’s History 14
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concepts, Seat, Seat Concepts, Seat Leon, Tech on 11 14th, 2017

SEAT has unveiled the Leon Cristobal concept at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain.

Named after the patron saint of drivers, the Leon Cristobal concept is being billed as the safest car in the company’s history as it features six different systems that have been designed to reduce the risks of being involved in a collision. The systems are probably not what you would expect but they target the main causes of accidents such as drowsiness, distractions, speeding, and alcohol consumption.

In order to tackle these problems, which cause 80% of all traffic accidents, the concept features a built-in breathalyzer that will prevent the car from being used if alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. Another unique feature is the so-called “drive-coach” which is a voice assistant that provides personalized safety warnings.

Designers also installed a video camera-based display mirror that eliminates blind spots and provides a better field of vision. There’s also a Mentor mode that allows parents to limit the vehicle’s speed and monitor its location when their children are driving . Another interesting mode is the Guardian Angel setting which activates all 15 of the car’s active and passive safety systems.

Should something go wrong, the concept’s black box will send images and data to a smartphone following a collision.

Besides showcasing the Leon Cristobal concept, the company showed 10 eMii prototypes which will soon become available to employees of Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and Pier 01 as part of a car-sharing project. The Smart City Expo also held the Autonomous Driving Challenge grand finale which tasked 50 students from nine universities to develop autonomous driving software that could drive a scale model vehicles through a closed course.

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Seat’s Most Powerful Leon Cupra R Limited To Just 24 Examples In The UK 14
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in new cars, prices, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, UK on 11 14th, 2017

Seat’s most powerful road car to date, the new Leon Cupra R, will also be one of its most exclusive as well as they will build 799 examples, with just 24 of them allocated to the UK.

Technically speaking if you want to have the most powerful Seat of all time, then you must order the Leon Cupra R with the six-speed manual option as only then it offers the full 310PS (306hp). UK customers have this problem solved for them as all examples destined for their market are manual only.

Seat will build 499 manual Cupra Rs in total, with the rest 300 units fitted with a six-speed DSG, which drops the power figure to a round 300PS (296hp). Both versions are front-wheel drive and fitted with the adaptive DCC suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential.

Priced at £34,995 OTR, the new Seat Leon Cupra R can be distinguished from its lesser siblings by the carbon and copper detailing outside, along with copper-black 19-inch alloy wheels. There are two metallic paint options: Monsoon Grey or Midnight Black and they are included in the price.

The interior also gets upgraded with the same copper treatment on the dashboard, center console and door panel stitching while other touches include Alcantara for the steering wheel, gear lever and front bucket seats. An obligatory numbered plaque is also present.

Technical differences are also present, with the Leon Cupra R coming with a reprogrammed adaptive steering system, modified camber angles for the front axle, new Brembo brakes and a retuned exhaust that allows a racier note from the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. 0-62mph comes in 5.8 seconds while top speed is an electronically limited 155mph (250km/h).

UK orders have opened with Seat expecting to deliver the first of the 24 Leon Cupra Rs in January 2018.


VW Up! Slated To Go EV Only, Could Gain Crossover Variant 11
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Seat, Seat Mii, Skoda, Skoda Citigo, VW, VW Up on 11 11th, 2017

Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Volkswagen was considering pulling the plug on the pint-sized Up!. However, it appears the model might have been given a reprieve.

Automobile is reporting the company was initially considering more exciting variants based on the existing PQ architecture or transitioning the model to the newer MQB platform. Volkswagen’s passenger car boss, Dr. Herbert Diess, reportedly rejected both ideas as he thought the first plan would just result in the status quo while the MQB route would simply be too expensive.

Instead, the executive reportedly suggested an alternative which would see the Up! and its siblings become available exclusively as electric vehicles. The new models will reportedly be positioned as a Smart competitor and be loosely based on the existing e-Up!.

The decision to base the model on the existing EV will cut costs and the car will reportedly benefit from knowledge learned during the development of the MEB platform that will underpin models such as the ID Buzz, ID Crozz, and ID Hatch.

Both three- and five-door models are expected to return and they could eventually be joined by a crossover-inspired variant.

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Facelifted Seat Leon Cupra Muscled Up With 375 Horses 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in JE-Design, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, tuning on 11 10th, 2017

After it went through a facelift last December, the 2017 Seat Leon Cupra has now fallen into the tuning hands of Je Design.

The aftermarket company has released a 2-stage power upgrade for the Spanish hot hatch, which lifts the stock 300PS (296hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque to 360PS (355hp) and 450Nm (332lb-ft) of torque, in the most humble offering.

Stage 2, on the other hand, is more exciting, as it raises the output to 380PS (375hp) and 470Nm (345lb-ft) of torque. This makes it just 20PS (20hp) and 10Nm (7lb-ft) of torque less powerful than one of the compact hot hatch kings, the new Audi RS3 Sportback, which uses a larger 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine, unlike the Leon’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit.

Choosing Stage 1 means that top speed will also increase to 265km/h (165mph), while Stage 2 allows the car to reach 280 or 285km/h (174-177mph), by raising the electronic limit.

Making Je Design’s Seat Leon Cupra more sonorous is a stainless steel exhaust, with sound flap system, controlled via the OE Seat driving profile selection system. Customers can choose between four 80mm diameter outlets, or two oval tailpipes of 140×90 or 160x90mm, on each side.

Among the key features added to its exterior are the widened wheel arches, prominent side skirts, new front bumper, gloss black rear diffuser inserts, and adjustable tailgate-mounted spoiler. Je Design has also equipped the Leon with a set of 10×20-inch wheels, wrapped in 265/25 Hankook S1-Evo tires.

Finally, the car has been given a sport spring set, which lowers the ride height by 20mm (0.8in). Owners can also have a KW DDC fully adjustable coilover suspension, which brings the Leon Cupra 45mm (1.8in) closer to the road, compared to the stock model.


Seat Announces Leon Cristobol Concept, The Brand’s Safest Vehicle Ever 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Reports, Seat, Seat Concepts, Seat Leon, Seat Mii, Tech on 11 8th, 2017

Seat will present a new concept car based on the Leon, during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, from November 14 to 16.

Christened Seat Leon Cristobol, the study is described as being “the safest vehicle in the history of the brand”, whose name comes from “the patron saint of drivers and travelers”.

It features advanced safety equipment such as the Drive Coach, a technology that emits safety warnings and minimizes driver distractions, and Black Box, which sends the recorded data and images to a smartphone, in the event of a crash.

The Spanish automaker has fitted the Leon Cristobol with other safety gizmos that they will detail during the event, when they will also present a smartphone app that’s aimed at improving mobility in Barcelona. The app will inform users of construction work and hazard areas, advising them to change their route.

Seat will also display the zero-emission eMii prototype, before the first cars are delivered to employees of the Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and Pier 01, to be tested around the city.


Can Seat’s Facelifted Leon Cupra Keep Up With The Best? 5
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in reviews, Seat, Seat Leon Cupra, Seat Videos, video on 11 5th, 2017

That’s a tough one to answer considering that it falls in the same pit as the Honda Civic Type R and Ford Focus RS, but it might very well be a smart choice.

For starters, the facelifted Seat Leon Cupra is based on the Volkswagen Golf R. It comes with a toned down exterior that could allow it to fly under the radar, and things don’t look that sporty inside either.

In fact, the only changes in the cabin compared to the previous model is the introduction of a new infotainment system, with a larger display, and the removal of the traditional handbrake, which is now electronic.

Seat offers 3 versions of the car – 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, and a more practical and roomier estate, with the latter adding all-wheel drive. All of them are nicely equipped and share the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes 300PS (296hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque, mated to either a manual or a DSG automatic dual-clutch gearbox, which is apparently sublime.

And while it doesn’t stand out over its rivals until now, wait until you hit the road, because the ‘new’ Seat Leon Cupra doesn’t just love straight-line acceleration, as it’s a huge fan of bends too. Handling and grip are said to be superb, according to CarBuyer’s latest review, and in comfort mode, the ride is close to perfection, thanks to the standard adaptive suspension.

So, there you have it, the Spanish proposal is a mature hot hatch with a discreet design and the necessary know-how beneath the updated sheet metal, but is this enough to make you want it over some of its more established rivals?


New Seat Arona Review Is Filled With Positive Notes 28
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, reviews, Seat, Seat Arona, Seat Videos, video on 10 28th, 2017

Under the guidance of the Volkswagen Group, Seat has come up with two SUVs, the Ateca and Arona, while a third one is currently under development.
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