AOL Cars RTOTY 2014: Seat Leon Cupra 280

James Baggott
Seat Leon Cupra 280
Seat Leon Cupra 280


Blackball Media

Our Seat Leon Cupra 280 long term test car impressed everyone who drove it during its brief six-months in AOL Cars' custody. So much so that it's made it into our exclusive Road Test of the Year lineup. Yes, a 2.0-litre hatchback against the likes of the blistering BMW M4 and rarefied Rolls-Royce Wraith. Sounds like a lamb to the slaughter? Don't be so sure...

There's a kink on the Evo Triangle, just before it blisters past the glistening Llyn Brenig Reservoir, that's a downhill left-right-left crested S-bend that's awkwardly off camber and incredibly fast. Hit it wrong and things get pretty tricky, pretty quickly. And I've just hit it fast.