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Cupra Leon 2023: entry-level V grade available to order from $47,990 driveaway


Cupra Australia has confirmed that local buyers are now able to order its entry-level V grade of the Leon hot hatch, with a starting price of $47,990 driveaway.

Joining the existing VZ, VZe (plug-in hybrid) and top-spec VZx grade, the Leon V promises to offer a higher level of specification than a typical entry-level hot hatch, a claim Chasing Cars hopes to verify in an upcoming review. 

Cupra Leon V 2023 rear
The Leon V is priced from $47,990 driveaway

With its keen driveaway pricing, the Leon V sits roughly between the Volkswagen Golf R-Line and a GTI, which start from about $45,000 and $61,000 driveaway respectively.

When looking at direct rivals, the Hyundai i30 N hatch starts at around $50,000 driveaway in most states while the inbound Honda Civic Type R has climbed to a national driveaway price of $72,600.

The news on Leon V arrives after Cupra announced it would be lowering the price of the rest of the Leon grades by as much as $1500. For a full breakdown of what each grade includes read our previous article. 

What does the Leon V offer for the price?

Cupra has armed the Leon V with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powers most of the lineup, with this grade tuned to offer outputs of 140kW/320Nm.

Cupra Leon VZx 2023 EA888 engine
The entry-level Leon V produces 140kW/320Nm

Linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that directs power to the front wheels, Cupra claims a 0-100km/h time of 7.2 seconds.

Other key performance features include an electronic limited-slip differential, progressive steering and Cupra’s dynamic chassis control that includes adaptive dampers.

Buyers also score LED headlights and tail-lights, cloth-trimmed sports bucket seats, 18-inch wheels, standard metallic paint, a heated leather steering wheel, three-zone climate control and tinted rear windows.

Cupra Leon VZx 2023 magnetic tech matte badge
LED headlights and tail-lights are fitted as standard. Pictured is the Leon VZx

Standard tech features include a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, a 12.0-inch multimedia display with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto paired with a wireless phone charger.

Safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, safety exit assist, driver fatigue monitoring, forward AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection along with a reversing camera.

Leather seats available in options pack

For those who are looking for a more luxurious specification, Cupra offers the leather and sound package for an additional $2450.

Cupra Leon VZx 2023 interior
A 12.0-inch multimedia screen is included as standard. Pictured is the Leon VZx grade

This pack adds heated leather seats with power adjustment on the driver’s side along with copper stitching across the dashboard and a nine-speaker Beats sound system.

An electric sunroof can also be added for an extra $1800.

Cupra Leon 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • V: $43,990 ($47,990 driveaway)
  • VZ: $51,990 ($56,490 driveaway)
  • VZe: $59,990
    • $62,990 ACT 
    • $63,990 QLD
    • $64,990 NSW and SA 
    • $65,490 VIC 
    • $65,990 WA 
  • VZx: $59,990 ($63,990 driveaway)