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The 2023 Cupra Leon is a sporty five-seater hatch from Spain; let's jump straight in and see how this stacks up as a BabyDrive…

BabyDrive Verdict

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Small sporty hatchbacks like the Cupra Leon may not be the most obvious choice as a family car; however, this type of vehicle can often be surprisingly practical, as well as fuel-efficient and fun to drive. Or perhaps you're considering a hatchback for your own enjoyment and want to see how practical it will be with the kids as well… This is the review for you!

Straight into the back seats for the parenting stuff. When it comes to installing child seats, there are ISOFix points in the two outer rear seats; they are not within plastic guides but behind a discrete slit in the fabric of the seat. Despite the subtle design, I found them nice and easy to connect to.

2023 Cupra Leon ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row

There are top tether anchorages on the backrests of the two outer rear seats and the central top tether anchorage is behind the central headrest.

2023 Cupra Leon top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

Two Infasecure child seats fit really easily in the rear seats of the 2023 Cupra Leon. I installed the Infasecure Attain More behind the front passenger and the Adapt More infant capsule rear-facing behind the driver.

2023 Cupra Leon space between two child seats installed in the second row

Legroom is surprisingly good in the Cupra Leon, and a 186cm driver can fit in front of a forward-facing Infasecure Achieve More child seat. I could sit comfortably in front of the Adapt More infant capsule with room to space (I'm 162cm).

2023 Cupra Leon space between two child seats installed in the second row

Rear passengers are very well catered to, with cup holders in the central seat fold-down armrest. Reusable or disposable coffee cups fit for older passengers, or a child's cup will fit in them too.

Map pockets on the back of both front seats will hold an iPad or book but not conceal it, and there are USB-C sockets in the back of the central console box for charging devices.

The rear door bins will hold a refillable water bottle.

In the front, the storage is quite minimal. In the central console, there are two cup holders that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup but not two at the same time. In front of the gear lever is a phone charging well.

The central console box under the armrest is compact in size and houses a 12V socket.

The glove box is a good size and will hold my wallet and iPad with the manual.

There is no glasses case in the ceiling but the front door bins will hold a refillable water bottle and an iPad fits in them too.

The cabin of the 2023 Cupra Leon is minimal, with the usual array of buttons and dials housed within the media screen instead.

Around in the boot, the 2023 Cupra Leon will hold ten shopping bags. That's comparable to the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and the Peugeot 308 which all hold ten shopping bags. If you want more boot space in your hatchback, a Honda Civic will hold 12 or Kia Cerato 13.

2023 Cupra Leon boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

The Jiffle Wagon versatile 6-in-1 pram with its seat fits nicely in the boot of the 2023 Cupra Leon with room for a shopping bag. The Jiffle wagon holds up to 60kg of cargo inside the wagon, too, so you have heaps of extra storage, and you don't have to unload it to put it into the boot.

2023 Cupra Leon boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Jiffle Wagon 6-in-1 pram, fully folded, with its bassinet, fits nicely in the boot of the Cupra Leon, with room for four bags of shopping.

2023 Cupra Leon boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Jiffle Wagon 6-in-1 pram with its cart fits nicely in the boot of the 2023 Cupra Leon, with lots of room for two bags of shopping.

2023 Cupra Leon boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

And with its compatible Infasecure Adapt More Infant capsule installed into the 2023 Cupra Leon…

2023 Cupra Leon space between two child seats installed in the second row

…the Jiffle Wagon 6-in-1 pram fits nicely in the boot of the Cupra Leon, with room for two bags of shopping.

2023 Cupra Leon boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

If your family has a fur baby, you can transport a small dog in the boot of the 2023 Cupra Leon.

2023 Cupra Leon boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

There are aircon vents in the back of the central console box in the 2023 Cupra Leon, perfect for keeping little rear passengers at the right temperature while driving along. You can control the climate through the front media screen.

The media system in the 2023 Cupra Leon is modern, and I found it a little impenetrable to use. I am sure given more time with the car you will work out how to use it easily.

You control the climate through the media system for the front…

…and for the rear of the car. You can lock the rear climate, too, which is great, so little kids in the back can't fiddle with it. I find using the climate through the media screen a little tricky sometimes while driving and miss manual dials.

I did find that the iClimate function has good shortcuts for easy use while driving. There are also simple press button controls below the media screen; unfortunately, I found the display in them difficult to use at night.

The media system in the Cupra Leon has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can easily access your phone's music, podcast, messaging and navigaiton apps while driving.

In reverse the camera images are lovely and crisp and clear, you have multiple viewing angles and you can turn the parking sensors on and off on the screen easily.

The 2023 Cupra Leon is a lovely car to drive. It is fast and fun, so once you've dropped the kids off, you can have a bit of a blast in it! Visibility is very good out of the rear windscreen, even with two child seats in the back, the steering is incredibly light, and the turning circle is very small, so it is easy to park and maneuver in tight spaces.

The new 2023 Cupra Leon comes with eight airbags and has been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

Dual frontal, side chest, side head, and a driver knee airbag are standard. A centre airbag which provides added protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes is also standard on all variants.

 

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Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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