Performance & Running Costs
On take off, the Cupra 300 could very nearly be your typical sensible, practical four wheel drive family estate. The DSG automatic transmission shifts seamlessly through the gears in a calm and seemingly fuel efficient manner. It’s very composed and solid, the steering is nice and direct and you are constantly aware of that underlying surge of power that feels constantly available, but only if you want it.
All that changes when you select Cupra mode, which is surely the loudest and angriest of all the sport modes. It changes the feel of the car completely. Everything suddenly gets a lot more frantic, it hold on to the gears longer and best of all, it gets sensationally loud in the cabin. Sure, some of it is synthetic, but it doesn’t make it any less fun for the driver.
The four wheel drive gives it a surefootedness that makes it feel very easy to drive fast and without fear, and this whole combination of the longer boot, the four wheel drive and DSG feels very well balanced. It’s all a bit more controlled than your standard front wheel drive hot hatch, but no less exciting – especially with that noise.
To go back to that sensible family car thing, the running costs aren’t as steep as you might expect. The official fuel economy figure is 7.2 litres per 100km (granted you’ll struggle to get close to that if you get too fond of Cupra mode) and annual motor tax is €570.