Those who strive for the spirit of a hot hatch and the practicality of an estate car can rejoice, as SEAT has revealed the Leon ST Cupra and will go on sale in the spring.
In a similar endeavour to the Ford Focus ST Estate, the Leon ST Cupra is an enlarged version of its very capable hatchback counterpart, meaning the rather potent machine is now available in all three Leon body styles.
However, unlike the hatchback offerings of two tunes of the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, the ST Cupra is only available with the most powerful of the duo, which is fine by us.
That means the ST Cupra gets the full-fat 276bhp and 258lb ft of torque, and despite carrying a bit of extra weight, the estate is only marginally slower than the hatch equivalent with a 0-62mph time of 6.1sec for the manual. Meanwhile, the DSG dual-clutch transmission does the same sprint in 6.0sec dead and both options reach a limited 155mph top speed.
To take care of putting this power onto the road, the ST Cupra comes with dynamic chassis control, a front differential, while high performance brakes bring great stopping power. Also standard on the ST Cupra are alloy wheels, DAB radio, sat-nav, rear spoiler, red brake callipers and automatic wipers and lights.
An additional Sub8 Performance Pack will also be offered that gives bigger Brembo brakes, side skits and 19-inch alloys in either black or orange.
The car’s extra weight may lead to slightly less than the hatch’s 42.8mpg, but emissions of 154g/km of CO2 should remain
Official pricing for the SEAT Leon ST Cupra will start at £28,505 for the manual and £29,860 for the DSG automatic when it arrives in our showrooms in March.