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2022 Cupra Leon e-Hybrid hatchback and estate: specs and prices

New Cupra Leon e-Hybrid gets 242bhp, 32-mile range and bold styling; prices start at £35,205 for hatchback and £36,300 for estate

Cupra Leon PHEV

The plug-in hybrid Cupra Leon is now priced from £35,205 in hatchback form, but like its SEAT-badged predecessor, it's also available as an estate, with prices starting from £36,300. For 2022, the Leon e-Hybrid will be available in two new paint colours, and comes with a mode 3 charging cable as standard, which should enable faster charging.

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Power still comes from a 1.4-litre petrol engine and electric-motor combination producing 242bhp, along with a 13kWh battery that offers a 32-mile pure-electric range. A dual-clutch automatic gearbox feeds power to the front wheels. Charging is done through a port on the Leon's wing; charging speeds top out at 3.6kW, which equates to a charging time of around three hours and 42 minutes from a home wallbox. Plug into a standard domestic wall socket and it'll take a shade under six hours.

Fuel economy of up to 217.3mpg (201.8mpg for the estate) is claimed, along with a 30g/km (or 31g/km for the estate) CO2 emissions figure that's great news for company-car users thanks to the resulting 11% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) rating.

There are two bodystyles to pick from – hatchback or estate – along with two trim levels. VZ2 kicks off the range with standard 19-inch wheels, digital cockpit dials, a 10-inch infotainment system and heated steering wheel for 2022. VZ3 cars add 'Petrol Blue' Nappa leather and wireless phone charging.

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All versions of the Cupra Leon get distinctive exterior styling. Two unique matte paint finishes are offered, along with a large open air dam at the front of the car and 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels coloured silver, black or copper. The car also sits 25mm lower at the front and 20mm lower at the back than its conventional counterpart.

A full-width light bar runs across the back of both the hatchback and estate versions, above a new design of rear bumper which sits above copper-tipped exhaust pipes and an elaborate aerodynamic diffuser. Cupra says that the Leon is 8% more aerodynamically efficient than its predecessor.

There's more copper to be found inside, including on the seat-stitching highlights, steering wheel and air-vent surrounds. On the steering wheel, there's a switch to select from one of four driving modes – Comfort, Sport, Cupra and Individual – while the usual range of hybrid-specific modes also apply. The car will always start in pure-electric mode if there's sufficient charge.

Rivals for the plug-in hybrid Cupra Leon e-Hybrid are largely limited to those from elsewhere in the Volkswagen Group, both of which use a very similar powertrain: the Volkswagen Golf GTE, Audi A3 40 TFSI e and 45 TFSI e and Skoda Octavia vRS iV.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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