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Cupra 290 opinions

  • 20-04-2021 3:36pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭ Praetorian22


    Hi Everyone

    I posted this on another forum and received some very good/informative feedback.

    I just wanted to cast the net of "opinion seeking" out a little wider.

    Essentially I guess I am trying to gauge opinion and see what the general consensus was surrounding Cupra 290 Leons?.... as I've been to see a few recently.

    I have had a few hot hatches all of which Incorporated a 4 wheel drive system e.g. Quattro, X-Drive.

    I've never owned a Cupra however.....but I may shortly.....

    What do people think about Cupra 290 Leon Hatchback or has anyone any ownership experience?

    How bad is this infamous wheel-hop I keep reading about?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,051 ✭✭✭ Truckermal


    Gustavofring here has one with some very tasty mods done too, some criticise the interior but the Golf R is nothing special either.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,020 ✭✭✭ GustavoFring


    Hi Everyone

    I posted this on another forum and received some very good/informative feedback.

    I just wanted to cast the net of "opinion seeking" out a little wider.

    Essentially I guess I am trying to gauge opinion and see what the general consensus was surrounding Cupra 290 Leons?.... as I've been to see a few recently.

    I have had a few hot hatches all of which Incorporated a 4 wheel drive system e.g. Quattro, X-Drive.

    I've never owned a Cupra however.....but I may shortly.....

    What do people think about Cupra 290 Leon Hatchback or has anyone any ownership experience?

    How bad is this infamous wheel-hop I keep reading about?

    I've had a 290 ST for almost a year now, it's a late 2016 pre-facelift black edition.

    If you're coming from something with all wheel drive you're not going to be able to plant the foot in the same way in lower gears - that's going to be obvious from the get go. Tyres and a lower torque mount will eliminate this to a huge extent. I have Michelin Pilot Sport 4S's on mine and traction/torque steer is a non-issue in the dry and manageable in the damp or wet. I had a lower torque mount installed but got it removed as it does add a bit of vibration - works extremely well though. For me the fact that it isn't a push the loud pedal and go kind of car adds to the fun as it means you need to try a little bit to get the most from it.

    Manual clutches are a little soft like the R/GTI and an upgraded RTS or similar clutch is approx. €1200. I haven't had an issue with mine though and some owners have them lasting well north of 100k miles. If you plan on remapping a manual you should budget for a clutch though. DSG can handle the extra torque. Water pump/thermostat housing can leak - easy to check and common on the engine but apart from that the engines very solid and reliable.

    They can be a little on the quiet side, especially the estates. I ended up getting a cat back exhaust and it made a big difference to the overall experience. DCC is standard on them which is rare on a GTI/R and is really impressive. For a smallish car on big wheels it rides and covers ground really serenely and never gets harsh. It's something you wont notice initially on a test drive but over the last year my mind is made up on having it on any future purchases just for how easy it makes a more stiffly sprung car to live with, the small gains in body control aren't enough to justify it on its own.

    Be picky on spec. I imported as I couldn't get the combo I wanted. I knew I didn't want a sunroof (some cause grief and rattle a lot) and adaptive cruise I hate so they were the two options I wasn't bothered about but I was able to get pretty much everything else. It's worth finding one with the Cupra bucket seats - they're superb and lift an otherwise dull interior. It's not at Golf quality levels but compared to an Octavia it's every bit as good (and I've owned both).

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    Running costs are standard VAG - Major service recently with brake fluid was €360, tyres about €200 a corner, no timing belt on the EA888. Diff service around every 50k km and DSG I think is 60k km will stand to them. 30-ish to the gallon is about right on average, I've had maybe 35 way on longer runs. At the moment the way FR/GTI prices are going I think they're the bargain hot hatch in Ireland from some of the prices I am seeing advertised.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,020 ✭✭✭ GustavoFring


    Should add this thread is about Golfs but a lot of the info is going to be similar and well worth a read.

    https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2058087379


  • Registered Users Posts: 99 ✭✭ Praetorian22


    Really appreciate the feedback Gustavo! I believe you also helped me out over on Backroads! :)

    deposit went down today on the 290 Hatchback looking forward to picking it up soon thank you for all the help/guidance and information! really appreciate it


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,020 ✭✭✭ GustavoFring


    Really appreciate the feedback Gustavo! I believe you also helped me out over on Backroads! :)

    deposit went down today on the 290 Hatchback looking forward to picking it up soon thank you for all the help/guidance and information! really appreciate it

    Well wear! Throw up some pics when you get it.

    Wasn’t me on BR but there’s a few owners about.


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