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.

What's most impressive is the fact that the Cupra can transfer nearly 240bhp to the floor via the front wheels without the need to numb down the steering or the histrionics of torque steer. At worst the nose of the car goes a little light under hard acceleration, but otherwise the Cupra is remarkably well behaved for such a grunty front-drive car, and the steering surprisingly well-weighted and feelsome.

I've even come to like the looks. At launch there were plenty of critics of the Leon's bread-van styling, but I've really changed my tune, to the point where I actively admire its ultra-modern, slightly alternative look.

The bright yellow paint really suits the Leon too. If nothing else, one good reason for owning a car like this,­ especially if you're the forgetful type,­ is that you'll always be able to locate it in an unfamiliar car park.