posted 5 years ago

Seat Leon Cupra vs. Volkswagen Scirocco

Time to find a ringside seat, the Seat Leon Cupra and Volkswagen Scirocco are ready to fight to the death.

Time to find a ringside seat, the Seat Leon Cupra and Volkswagen Scirocco are ready to fight to the death. The purpose of this epic battle is to discover which is the best road legal racer. But, there is a problem. The Cupra - which is only available in one version - costs £25,995 whereas prices for the VW start at only £19,845. Heavy-weight vs. middle-weight is clearly unfair - so facing the Seat is the mid-range £26,000 Scirocco GT 2.0 TSI DSG.

The Seat Leon Cupra is the first to throw a punch. It is faster, for starters, so this mighty 2.0-litre 265ps street fighter reaches 62mph in 6.2 seconds. The Scirocco requires 6.9 seconds and has a slightly slower top speed. This is partly because its 2.0-litre engine only produces 210ps and has considerably less torque. However, the feisty Volkswagen responds with a thumping punch. It averages 37.7mpg, 2.8mpg more than its speedy rival.

Bell rings – round two – handling. Both the Volkswagen Scirocco and Seat Leon Cupra, in these forms, have front-wheel-drive and six-speed transmission. The latter has a traditional manual box, but the VW has a DSG automatic. This enables motorists to either cruise in full-auto mode or dance around the cogs manually. Advantage Scirocco. Both boxers have supremely confident handling, reasonable ride quality, and plenty of steering feedback. There is little to choose between them, but the Volkswagen feels more special.

Now, this type of car should not be judged too much on practicality. Image and fun are the priorities. However, the Leon Cupra has two more doors than its rival, a larger boot, and one extra seat. Overall though, the VW Scirocco delivers the knock-out punch. Its style, feel, x-factor, and DSG transmission cannot be ignored. Who cares if it is slightly slower?