Hi All I have now had my Mk3 Leon Cupra 290 (WLTP Version) for a few days short of a year now and I thought that I would write a small review on it after 1 year and 8,000 miles of driving it. I had originally ordered a Skoda Karoq (preparing for family life) but after 1 month into the 6/7 month waiting list I got fed up waiting and the deals started to come through for the Seat Leon Cupra, I honestly could not believe the prices so I therefore cancelled my Skoda order in favour of the Cupra and 3 weeks later, the Cupra was on my driveway. I had ordered the car in the new Magnetic Grey colour as the car was being used as a work car. I was a bit worried as at the time I could not find a single picture of the colour and as we all know the colours on the car configurators are not a true reflection of real life. Safe to say i was more than impressed with the colour. Exterior Looks: In my opinion the Mk3 Leon is the best looking out of the Golf/A3/Octavia, I have had 2 in a row so I must like them. The Cupra alloys are very smart and extremely easy to clean (big bonus there) and I think I was lucky as my car arrived with the red calipers rather than the black ones that they now come with. I Also have the silver badges rather than the copper which has kind of grown on me. The car is very understated but those who know, know! The paintwork is very good and doesn't chip easily, I have found 1 chip and its on the front wing. i do treat the car every 2/3 months with the hybrid ceramic wax and 2 bucket wash every week which i think really helps Interior: the interior has held up well over the past year with my only real big complaint being the gloss black around the gear selector as this get scratched so easily, even with a plush duster. Android Auto is a bit of a hit and miss, it randomly disconnects which is really annoying. the DSG paddles are total rubbish and cheap, I added extensions which complete the look but also make using them far easier, Alcantara seats are comfy and the Fake leather bolsters hold up better than real leather as they do not get stretch marks. some of the lower plastics can scratch easily The Digital dash looks great aswell and is pretty customisable. Tyres: the car was supplied with Continental Sport Contact 5P tyres and this was the cars biggest downfall. The grip was decent but would struggle with 1st and most times 2 gear hard acceleration and they would slide on damp/wet road. they lasted me 7,500 miles!!! I also had punctures 3 times, I have never experienced that, i did expect maybe 12,000. This was my opportunity to swap them for Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres and WOW what a difference, these should be supplied as standard. The grip is immense, the steering feel has strangely became lighter but you can really get the power down and even in damp conditions, they also look good. Economy: Around town the car gives 30mpg which is pretty decent in stop start. on a motorway run at 65mph I have seen the car read just shy of 45mpg which is impressive, push the speed to the speed limit of 70 and the car still does 40mpg on a good run. Obviously when this car is driven rewardingly hard you are in the high teens low 20s Fuel tank is far to small, £50 or so fills it so you are making more trips to the petrol station which makes you think you are eating fuel Exhaust: This has been one of the biggest complaints of the new Cupra due to WLTP and the addition of a GPF in the exhaust system. there no crakcs or loud bangs like the old 300 and 290 but after a few thousand miles they could be heard but still not as pronounced. This was then fixed by carrying the res-delete modification on the exhaust. This has made a hug difference, the car now growls and bangs on hard upshifts and pops on the downshifts without being served with an ASBO. Cheap and easy. Engine: The power delivery is fantastic, the engine is eager but can be held back in comfort mode and the Gearbox in D. The car has really opened up and wants to sprint all the time. 3 clicks on the mode selector and Cupra mode lights up and the car goes into full attack mode. A lot complain about the fake sound actuator but i quite like it, it adds to the drama and doesn't sound as fake as the Focus ST, new and old. On a cold start up the engine sounds quite whiney but soon settles down. I have probably missed a few points but please share your own be that the same or different Overall the car has been great and I would definitely change for another which will probably be the Mk4 by this time next year.