Virtually identical to the concept version shown in Beijing, the Cupra receives LED-infused bi-xenon headlights, LED rear lights, additional front air vents, gloss black mirrors and 17-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, the bumper features meshed air outlets, a matte black diffuser and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipe. Moving inside, there’s a newly designed steering wheel and sports seats which can be trimmed in bi-colour leather upholstery as an option, while the company’s Portable System entertainment unit can also be specified, allowing the control of navigation, entertainment and telephone calls via its 5-inch touchscreen.
Powering the Cupra is the same 1.4 TSI petrol engine as seen in Volkswagen’s Polo GTI. Developing 132 kW (178 hp) and 250 Nm of torque, gears are changed via a flappy paddle-operated seven-speed DSG gearbox, while an XDS electronic differential lock improves handling through bends. Performance is brisk, with 100 km/h appearing in 6.9 seconds and a 228 km/h (141 mph) top speed, while fuel consumption averages out at just 5.9 litres every 100 km.