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The Cupra Leon (León in Spain) is a premium compact car (C-segment in Europe) by the Spanish brand Cupra. It is based on the Seat Leon and manufactured by the Volkswagen Group. The Cupra Leon is built on the MQB Evo platform of the VAG Group. It is the sportiest and most radical version of the Seat Leon, even above the FR version. It shares many electronic and mechanical elements with the Volkswagen Golf 8 and the Audi A3.

The Cupra Leon competes with other premium vehicles in its segment that stand out especially for their design, performance and/or power. Some of these vehicles are the Alfa Romeo Guilietta, the Audi S3, the Peugeot 308 GTI, the Hyundai i30 N or the Renault Megáne RS.

Cupra Leon. Timing Belt or Timing Chain?

Down below you will see a list with all the Cupra Leon models which have been produced so far. They are classified by model identifier, year and type of bodywork. Above each list, we show you a series of pictures so that you can have a visual reference for each model. In some cases, both the original and its updated design are displayed to help you identify them with ease.

In this guide you will find all the Cupra Leon: Hatchback and Sportstourer

■ Timing Belt / Cam Belt (Correa / Faja de Distribución)
■ Timing Chain (Cadena de Distribución / Cadena de Tiempo)
■ Gear Driven (Distribución por Engranajes)
100% Electric, No Timing (Sin Distribución)
Unknown / Not Updated (Información desconocida)

If a car model is specified in blue, it means its motor engine has a timing chain; that is, it has no timing belt. The rest of the vehicles marked in grey have a timing belt/cam belt.

Cupra Leon I – First Generation (2019) ()


Unlike the Seat Leon, which has multiple engines (TDI, TSI, TGI and TSI-e), the Cupra Leon has only the most powerful engines in its category, giving only two options: a 1.4 version with a gasoline turbo hybrid plug-in hybrid engine and a 2-liter turbocharged all-gasoline version.

Diesel Engines

There were no diesel-engined versions of the Cupra Leon Gen 1. (Based on the Seat Leon IV)

Petrol Engines

  • DGEA 1.4 e-Hybrid DSG 245 CV (2019)
  • DNFC 2.0 TSI DSG 290 CV (2019)
  • DNFC 2.0 TSI evo DSG 300 CV (2021)

Sportstourer / Cupra Leon ST (Family Car)

Diesel Engines

  • There are no diesel-engined versions of the Cupra Leon Sportstourer Gen 1. (Based on the Seat Leon IV Family Car)

Petrol Engines

  • DGEA 1.4 TSI e-Hybrid DSG 204 CV (2021)
  • DGEA 1.4 TSI e-Hybrid DSG 245 CV (2020)
  • DNFC 2.0 TSI DSG 290 CV (2019)
  • DNFC 2.0 TSI evo DSG 300 CV (2021)

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