What is it?
Fast estates such as this, the Seat Leon ST Cupra, are great. What's not to like? They offer space and fun in equal measure, and this particular one promises pretty large doses of each.
Priced at £995 more than the equivalent five-door, the Leon ST Cupra 280 has the same wheelbase and running gear as its hatchback sibling. That means there's turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot under the bonnet delivering 276bhp (the lower-powered 261bhp Cupra is only available in three-door SC form) to the front wheels via a six-speed manual or optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There's also an electronically controlled mechanical limited-slip differential.
Adaptive dampers are standard and come with virtually the same settings as those fitted to the other Cupra models, only the rear dampers are fractionally tweaked to better cope with heavy loads in the boot. That isn't not overly concerning given that the ST weighs only 45kg more than the five-door hatch, despite the extra 27cm of body length hanging out the back end.
On top of all that, the Cupra ST gets stacks of equipment, including LED lights, Alcantara sports seats, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers and sat-nav.