Long term report: Seat Leon Cupra 280

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Seat Leon Cupra 280
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I've been reacquainting myself with our Seat this month, having repatriated the keys from our head of video, Nigel. He had been clinging on to the Cupra's keys like a baby monkey to its mother, and after having just completed 1,000 miles behind the wheel this month I can see why he was so keen on keeping them.

I'd forgotten just how good our Cupra is. For a start, it's ridiculously quick. That turbocharged 280bhp lump delivers huge dollops of torque at motorway cruising speeds, which make lane changes with a little exuberant use of the right foot potentially licence-losing manoeuvres.

The way this Seat piles on speed is incredible and, combined with an utterly brilliant DSG gearbox, it feels like a rally car as it rifles through the ratios. It's even combined with a fruity crackle of the exhausts as it changes up. All rather addictive.

It's not completely perfect, though. I've found the steering a little light for a car as sporty as this and that aforementioned gearbox can tie itself up in knots as you pull away or swap quickly between reverse and forward gears.

The knowledge

Model: Seat Leon Cupra 280
Price: £30,735 (as tested)
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged, petrol
Power: 276bhp, 350Nm
Max speed: 155mph
0-60mph: 5.7s
Emissions: 149g/km
Mileage this month: 1,027

This month's highlight

Enjoying pure driving pleasure... and trying not to lose my licence