I'm worried. I think I might have given some of you the impression that I'm not happy with our Seat Leon Cupra, after grumbling about the creakiness of the suspension.

That is anything but the case. Okay, we'll be happier when the noise is fixed (hopefully soon), but it does nothing to detract from what is otherwise proving to be a fine example of the modern hot hatchback genre, and quite possibly Seat's best driver's car yet.

With the benefit of 5000 miles of experience at the wheel of the Cupra, I'm now firmly of the belief that Seat has judged its latest hot hatchback to perfection.

Like the VW Golf GTi and Ford Focus ST, the Cupra has evolved from being a relatively crude device into a well-rounded and mature car that's not only fast and fun, but also undemanding to live with. It's cars like this that have really converted me back to being a fan of hot hatches, because they don't require you to suffer during everyday driving.