Long term report: Seat Leon Cupra 280

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I'm convinced there isn't a more accomplished motorway cruiser on the AOL Cars fleet than the excellent Seat Leon Cupra 280. In fact, it's a little bit too happy to munch the motorway miles.
> The problem lies in the fact that the speedometer doesn't feature a 70mph or 50mph marker, meaning motorway speed limits – including the pesky 50mph curfew imposed on much of the M25 – are very difficult to adhere to.

Add in the fact that the Cupra's feisty 2.0-litre TFSI engine doesn't particularly like cruising at any less than 80mph and you have a recipe for disaster - or more specifically, a scarred licence.

I soon worked out that the neat digital display behind the steering wheel could project funky speed readouts with the press of a few buttons, which has ensured the sparkling white Leon has avoided unwanted attention from the law... for now.


A separate minor quibble this month surrounds the infotainment system that is not only fiddly to use (especially while driving) thanks to its cramped touch screen but also lacks a USB slot for charging gadgets.

One member of staff was forced to part with £20 for a cigarette lighter iPhone charger from a service station during one desperate slog back from the north of England. A shame, considering the official Seat USB Mitsumi Cable is only £25.

The knowledge

Model: Seat Leon Cupra 280
Price: £30,735 (as tested)
Engine: 2.0-litre TSI
Power: 276bhp, 350Nm
Max speed: 155mph
0-60mph: 5.7 s
Emissions: 149g/km
Mileage this month: 1,400

Highlight this month: Arriving at your destination a lot quicker than the sat-nav predicted