The Cupra Leon Plug-In Hybrid Hatchback: The Complete Guide For The UK

Cupra Leon Plug-In Hybrid
Price: £35,760
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Hatchback
Battery size: 12.8 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 32 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 29g (CO2/km)

Overview


SEAT CUPRA, S.A.U, simply known as CUPRA, is the high performance motorsport subsidiary of SEAT. SEAT S.A. is Spain’s first family car manufacturer. The automotive company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered in Martorell, Spain.

In 1986, SEAT was sold to the German automotive group, Volkswagen A.G. Cupra was previously known as SEAT Sport. The Cupra brand was created in 2018. Cupra has the following portfolio of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).



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The Cupra Leon PHEV Hatchback


The Cupra Leon compact hatchback is the high-performance version of the Seat Leon hatchback. The Leon has been sold since 1999, and is now in its fourth generation. The vehicle is built on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform. The Cupra Leon (formerly Seat Leon Cupra) plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a good option for those seeking high-performance, but in an environmentally friendly vehicle.

Cupra has successfully been able to combine a ‘hot hatch’ performance, along with an environmentally friendly plug-in hybrid engine, in the Cupra electric hatchback. The electric vehicle (EV) has a 12.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of up to 32 miles.The tailpipe emissions of the PHEV are 29g(CO2/km), far lower than the conventional internal combustion engine petrol variant!

Of course, do keep in mind that the real-world range will be impacted by a number of factors to include driving style, services used, road and weather conditions. We believe a range of 28 miles maybe more appropriate. The EV has an 3.6 kW onboard charger and can be 100% charged via a dedicated EV charging station in less than four hours.

As would be expected from a Cupra badge, the exterior styling does not disappoint. The copper badged plug-in electric hatchback has a distinctive styling, placing it among the best looking electric hatchbacks in the market. The interior is also high quality and more importantly, practical. Adults seated on the rear seats have amply headroom and legroom. However, due to the placement of the EV battery, the boot space is not as large (270 L). A number of intelligent safety features are available to include: emergency assist, rain/ light sensor, exit warning, rear traffic alert, front assist, side assist and the Cupra eCall emergency service.

As is the case in all PHEVs, driving on electric mode is cheap and saves money! The EV does not qualify for the UK government plug-in car grant and prices start from £35,760.


PROS CONS
Attractive, distinctive and stylish exteriorInfotainment system has room for improvement
A good combination of performance and efficiencyBoot space limited
High quality interior, with ample legroom and headroom for rear seatsNot available in a four-wheel drive

The Cupra Leon Hatchback PHEV (credit: Cupra)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Hatchback
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
Leon Hatch VZ2 1.4 e-HYBRID (from £35,760)
Leon Hatch VZ3 1.4 e-HYBRID (from £37,460)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 12.8 kWh
Charging:On-board charger 3.6 kW (0%-100%: 3 hrs 42 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type:Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:29g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh£1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1467
Width (mm):1799
Length (mm):4389
Wheelbase (mm):2682
Turning Circle (m):10.5
Boot Space (L):270

Leon Hatch VZ2 1.4 e-HYBRID
EV Battery Capacity:12.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):32 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):153.8
Fuel Consumption (MPG):221.8
Charging:On-board charger 3.6 kW AC(0%-100%: 3 hrs 42 mins)
Top Speed:140 mph
0-62 mph:6.4 seconds
Drive:Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Max Power (PS):245
Torque (Nm):250
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Weight (kg):1596
Colours:10
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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