We won’t dwell too long here, because if you’re at all familiar with the way the VW Group does things, you’ll know what to expect. The Leon is sensibly laid out inside, with logically and clearly arranged switchgear.
Accommodation is good in the front; access is a little restricted to the rear, but that’s understandable because the SC Cupra comes with two excellent, supportive and widely adjustable sports front seats.
They’re part of a sporting highlight package that runs much as you’d expect. Aluminium pedals and kick plates feature, while there’s some gloss black dashboard trim (exclusive to the 290, because nothing says ‘fast’ like shiny plastic), the obligatory flat-bottomed steering wheel and a different colour to the dials – grey, in this case.
Overall, though, it’s a cabin that feels as purposeful as any in the class, with a driving position to match, thanks to its widely adjustable steering column. The Leon Cupra also has a boot. And folding rear seats. They’re all fine.
When you specify the DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox, you get steering wheel paddles as standard, as well as the opportunity to shift up and down via the centrally mounted lever.