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2023 Cupra Formentor VZx

Cupra’s intriguing trio of sporty Euro models has only just touched down on Australian soil but I’m already familiar and very fond of two thirds of it. A year ago, I got my hands on the range topping Leon 300 (dubbed VZx locally) and it proved to be one of the most involving and exhilarating hot hatches for blasting around the English countryside, enjoying the autumn sun.

2023 Cupra Born V3 58kWh

While most new marques take a while to establish themselves, Spanish brand Cupra has hit the ground running. It helps that the name isn’t completely unknown, as it’s been attached to the sportiest SEATs for years. During 2021, Cupra shifted 7,584 cars, the majority being the Formentor SUV, that is unique to the sporty arm, and not having a SEAT badged sister car.

Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport Mk8 vs. BMW 128ti F40, Hyundai i30 N, Renault Mégane RS300, Cupra Leon

Round 3 of our search to find the best hot hatch on sale sees the middleweights get in the ring. Which will go on to the finale: i30 N versus GTI Clubsport Mk8, Leon 300, Mégane RS or BMW 128ti F40?

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