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VW Group seems to occupy every niche, as the sporty plug‑in hybrid EV Cupra Leon VZe demonstrates. Based on the Golf GTE but with a totally different look and feel, the Mazda3‑sized, Spanish‑made Leon VZe combines an electric motor and a small turbo‑petrol engine for limited pure‑EV driving around town, or stirring performance out on the open road. But it's expensive and ergonomically flawed.
The Lexus LC 500 has always been big and bold, and the addition of a folding fabric roof has done nothing to change that for this Convertible version. In fact, it makes hearing the rumble of that big V8 even easier. But is it really a performance car? We put one to the test to find out.