SEAT is now offically in South Africa, boasting for base models that wil be available in various forms to the South African public.
Now, for those of you who follow the World Touring Car Championship will know that SEAT are currently 2nd in the manufacturers championship race which means that in no way are SEAT coming into the market without a racing legacy behind their name. Something that only the German powerhouse BMW can better at the moment, this because BMW are a mere 10 point ahead of SEAT in the standings.
SEAT have now taken this thoroughbred racing hatch, made it more reliable, neatened up the interior, added a few safety features and thrown in a sound system and named it the Leon Cupra. Surprised, you shouldn’t be as yet, most of the manufacturers do a similar thing but none have seemed to have made such an impact as SEAT have made. The car looks splendid with beautiful curves in all the right places, has enough power to compete with the new Golf R32 and is priced similarly to the Golf VI GTI.
So is the SEAT the current king of the “Hot Hatch” market? My answer is no, fair enough it produces 177kW’s, reaches a top speed of 247km/h, can get from a stand still to 100km/h in a mere 6.4 seconds! Although the Seat is very competitively priced, it just does not hold the legacy that the Golf GTI does and does not have the same reputation as Golf and many other manufacturers.
None the less, it has still made an entrance for itself which will lead to many beautiful cars leaving the SEAT stable. I want to know what we can expect from them in the future or if they will die out as MG did.