I didn’t imagine saying goodbye to a SEAT would be quite this hard – especially when the next test motor is the new Porsche 911 Targa.
Oddly the Porker feels a much heavier steer, although as you might expect for three times the money, rather more refined than the crazy Spanish car.
I think there’s room for both of them in my life. The dog fits better in the Cupra and other drivers are far more willing to let you out at a junction than in the 911. Weird.
I cant recommend SEAT’s hot estate strongly enough. Just ditch the Orange Line Pack and everything else is just about perfect for £31k.
You may be interested in the new VW Golf R estate. It costs around £33,500 and is seriously quick. Think 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds.
Our Cupra ST is hot Golf’s sister and although not quite as fast, let me tell you it has more than enough grunt to leave you breathless.
It’s also prettier in my book. VW rarely make changes to the Golf – a friend of mine recently opted for a BMW 1 Series because they thought the Gold simply didn’t look interesting enough.
But the Spanish flyer is far prettier and moves along a strip of tarmac at a startling rate.
Just one day left with the SEAT. I’m going to miss it…
£30,000 is a lot of money. It’s not going to change your life but it could make the school run a lot more interesting – if you bought a new Cupra ST.
Your local SEAT dealer will tell you it has tons of space for the family and plenty of practicality. It does to a certain point but it’s nowhere near as roomy as Focus estate, or something elongated from Vauxhall.
It trounces both for the fun factor though and, of course, it’s decidedly more interesting and less ubiquitous.
Not having a family, I look on the ST as a stretched hot hatchback. I’ve forgotten that you are meant to put things in the boot and drive it sensibly to the supermarket.
It’s a crazy car. Quick, entertaining and, of course, a whole lot of fun…
Bloody hell! This Cupra goes like a stabbed rat. It’s not refined fast, like a Porsche 911, or a BMW M4 – just very quick off the mark and a pure white knuckle road.
It’s actually rather hard not to be a bit of a hooligan, especially when other drivers mistake the Cupra for an ‘ordinary’ estate car.
What’s most impressive is that with 270+bhp of grunt going to the front wheels, it doesn’t lose traction under harsh acceleration and then keeps on going, and going, and going…
I must say this is another surprise car of the year. It doesn’t have the largest boot capacity and you can ditch the orange trim pack but this SEAT is the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing…