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2022 Cupra Leon price and features: New hybrid-ready hot hatch puts Kia Cerato GT, Hyundai i30 N and Honda Civic Type R on notice prior to Australian launch

Cupra Australia is launching with three models, including the Leon small hatchback.

Sporty new Spanish brand Cupra has detailed the pricing and specifications for the Leon small car ahead of an Australian launch in July, with its four-pronged line-up of hot hatches headlined by a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant.

Pricing ranges from $43,990 all the way up to $60,990 before on-road costs for the flagship Leon VZx.

The Leon’s entry-level variant is the 140kW/320Nm V, which is motivated by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, just like the mid-range 180kW/370Nm VZ and flagship 221kW/400Nm VZx. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) is also common.

Meanwhile, the mid-range VZe PHEV combines a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine with an 85kW/300Nm front-mounted electric motor to deliver a combined 180kW/400Nm. It has a six-speed DCT.

The Kia Cerato GT-rivalling V, Hyundai i30 N-baiting VZ and VZe, and Honda Civic Type R-rattling VZx are all front-wheel drive.

Arriving separately in early 2023, the V has a long list of standard equipment, including adaptive suspension, variable-ratio steering, metallic paintwork, dusk-sensing LED lights, rain-sensing wipers, black/silver 18-inch Sport alloy wheels (with a space-saver spare), power-folding side mirrors with heating and dark-chrome caps, keyless entry and rear privacy glass.

Inside, keyless start, a 10.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, satellite navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, tri-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, front sports seats, cloth upholstery, ambient lighting, aluminium pedals, illuminated scuff plates and an auto-dimming rearview mirror feature.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control, high-beam assist, driver attention alert, blind-spot monitoring, tyre pressure monitoring, park assist, a reversing camera and safe exit alert.

The VZ adds black/silver 19-inch Sport alloy wheels, while the VZe swaps out the otherwise-included space-saver spare for a tyre repair kit.

Meanwhile, the VZx also gets a body kit, black/copper 19-inch Performance alloy wheels, quad exhaust tailpipes, a sports steering wheel, a 340W Beats sound system with nine speakers, heated front seats (including driver power adjustment and memory functionality) and Petrol Blue leather upholstery.

Optional for the V and VZ is a Leather and Sound Package, which bundles in a 340W Beats sound system with nine speakers, heated front seats (including drive power adjustment and memory functionality), leather upholstery and copper dashboard stitching.

The VZe can instead be optioned with a Leather Package, which combines the same features as above, excluding the – you guessed it – 340W Beats sound system with nine speakers.

A sunroof is an option on all four variants, while the VZx can also gain a Brembo brakes package.

Cupra Australia head of product and planning Jeff Shafer said: “There is no entry-level variant as such.

“Yes, there is an ascending order in terms of output, but we’ve equipped all Leons with such a level of standard equipment that no-one will feel shortchanged in any version.

“With outputs ranging from 140kW/320Nm to 221kW/400Nm, each Leon has the power and torque to match its design – a combination that in only four years has seen Cupra become a byword for performance and style.”

2022 Cupra Leon pricing on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
VAutomatic$43,990
VZAutomatic$52,590
VZeAutomatic$59,990
VZxAutomatic$60,990