4 November 2003

Seat’s first diesel-powered Cupra is on sale now, priced £16,000. The Leon TDi PD Cupra follows the lead of sister company Skoda’s Fabia vRS with an oil-burning hot hatch, in this case powered by the Volkswagen Group’s muscular 1.9-litre pumpe düse turbodiesel.

With 148bhp and a hefty 236lb ft of torque sent through a six-speed ’box, the TDi Cupra sprints from 0-60mph in 8.9sec – 0.9sec shy of the petrol Cupra – and on to a top speed of 134mph, 2mph faster than the petrol car. And all with 52.3mpg combined economy.

Big bumpers, a roof spoiler, mesh grille, chrome exhaust and 17in alloys distinguish the exterior, while the cabin gains sports seats, white dials, a leather wheel, an on-board computer, climate control and a six-CD stacker.

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Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is an easy and very visible route to greenness, even if its reputation as the minicab of choice for UK drivers is now impossible to shake off

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