- Four variants on offer
- Five-year/unlimited-km warranty, three-years free scheduled servicing
- Base Leon V begins at $43,990, top-spec 221kW Leon VZx costs $65,490 drive-away
UPDATE: 2023 Cupra Leon V due next year
The entry-level 2023 Cupra Leon V will be available for pre-order in January.
Cupra has confirmed the hatchback, priced from $43,990 before on-road costs – making it the brand's most affordable vehicle – will arrive in Australian showrooms in the first half of 2023.
It will join the all-electric Born hatch, which is also due here in the first half of the year, which will start from $59,990 plus on-roads.
The Leon V will be offered at $47,990 drive-away.
Our original story, below, has been updated to reflect the latest information.
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July 2022: 2023 Cupra Leon details announced
Pricing and features for the 2023 Cupra Leon have been announced.
The updated Leon small hatchback gains a larger 12-inch infotainment system, while scrolling indicators have been replaced by static indicators in the tail-lights.
This upsized screen will replace a smaller 10-inch unit, set to feature on model-year 2022 examples available to order from today – July 8, for a month until MY23 sales commence.
It also sees the entry-level V and plug-in VZe and officially join the range, set to arrive in the first quarter of 2023 or later this year, respectively.
Pricing has increased by $400 on the VZ, and by $500 for the VZe and VZx.
Our original story, first published in April, has been updated to reflect this information and continues below.
April 2022: The Cupra Leon hatchback makes its Australian debut, with pricing beginning at $43,990 (before on-road costs).
Cupra has revealed local details surrounding its anticipated Leon hatchback. Deliveries are expected to commence from mid-2022, with four variants making up the range.
The range comprises of the base Leon V, the mid-spec VZ, a plug-in hybrid VZe, and top-spec VZx.
The newly launched Cupra brand isn’t pulling any punches with its market penetration strategy, offering high levels of specification along with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty that includes three years of complimentary scheduled servicing.
2023 Cupra Leon pricing
Prices exclude on-road costs.
|Leon V||$43,990 RRP ($47,990 drive-away)|
|Leon VZ||$52,990 RRP ($57,490 drive-away)|
|Leon VZe||$60,490 RRP (see below for drive-away pricing)|
|Leon VZx||$61,490 RRP ($65,490 drive-away)|
Cupra Leon VZe drive-away pricing:
- ACT: $63,490
- Queensland: $64,490
- NSW and SA: $65,490
- Victoria: $65,990
- WA: $66,490
- Tasmania and the NT: TBA
2023 Cupra Leon features
|2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder 140kW/320Nm|
|Seven-speed wet clutch DSG|
|18" Sport Alloy wheels (with 18" temporary spare)|
|Tyre Pressure Warning System|
|Heated power folding mirrors (dark chrome)|
|LED headlights and DRLs|
|LED tail lights|
|Fog lamps with cornering function|
|Auto high beam|
|Rear tinted windows|
|Rear roof spoiler|
|10.25-inch digital instrument cluster|
|12-inch infotainment system|
|Wireless phone charging|
|Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired/wireless)|
|2x front and 2x rear USB-C ports|
|Leather heated multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters|
|Ambient interior lighting|
|Cloth sports bucket seats|
|Dynamic Chassis Control|
|Keyless entry and start|
|Auto dimming rear view mirror|
|Three-zone climate control|
|Illuminated scuff plates|
|Adaptive cruise control|
|Autonomous emergenecy braking with pedestrian and cycling detection|
|Blind-spot assist with Exit assist|
|Driver attention monitoring|
Leon VZ, in addition to Leon V
|2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder 180kW/370Nm|
|19" Sport Alloy wheels (with 18" temporary spare)|
Leon VZe, in addition to Leon VZ
|1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder 110kW/250Nm|
|Electric motor 85kW/300Nm|
|6-speed wet clutch DSG|
Leon VZx, in addition to VZe
|2.0-litre turbo 4-cylinder 221kW/400Nm|
|19" Sport Black and Copper Alloy wheels|
|Supersports Leather Steering Wheel with satellite buttons and heating|
|Petrol Blue dashboard|
|Petrol Blue leather bucket seats|
|Heated front seats with driver adjustment and memory|
|Memory function for external mirrors|
|Beats Sound System, 9-speaker with subwooder and 340w Amplifier|
|Leather and sound pack ($2450)|
|Electric sunroof ($1800)|
|Premium Metallic Paint ($475)|
|Brembo Brake package | VZx only ($3600)|
|Matte Paint | VZx only ($2300)|
Engine and driveline
The young Cupra brand is well supported by its Volkswagen Group parent, with much of the Leon range powered by the prolific and flexible EA888 turbo four-cylinder in various states of tune.
It’s a logical progression as you walk up through the range, with the basic Leon V comprising of the turbo-four and seven-speed DSG transmission, producing 140kW and 320Nm.
The VZ utilises the same mechanical package, with the wick turned up to 180kW and 370Nm.
The VZe breaks convention, harnessing a lower-capacity 1.4-litre turbo four-cylinder producing 110kW and 250Nm in conjunction with an 85kW/300Nm electric motor to produce a combined 180kW and 400Nm. It shifts through a six-speed wet-style dual-clutch.
The VZx tops the range, with its EA888 producing 221kW and 400Nm, and may prove an attractive front-drive stopgap model between the Golf GTI and incoming Golf R.
The Cupra Leon rides on a 2683mm wheelbase, and measures 4398mm in overall length and 1442mm in height.
Body width measures 1799mm, swelling to 1992mm at the widest point of the side mirrors.
Boot space is quoted at 380 litres, although the plug-in hybrid VZe loses some stowage space due to its battery pack, reducing capacity to 270 litres.
|Front assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist detection|
|Side assist with Exit assist|
|Driver fatigue monitor|
Warranty and servicing
In Australia, the Cupra Leon range is covered with a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and three years of free scheduled servicing.
The 2023 Cupra Leon VZ, VZe and VZx are now available, while the entry-level V is slated to arrive in early 2023.