By far one of our greatest all-time sellers must be the VW Golf R. Every year we’d have enhanced favourable terms on the Golf R Hatch or Estate car; The VW Golf has long been one of VW’s hottest sellers, pair that with the performance of the 7 speed 2.0 litre charged engine, boasting 320bhp. It’s little wonder that VW wanted to duplicate this success and put the same engine into the GTI, just without the mapping and of course not 4 Wheel Drive, keeping the 2 cars subtly different. Another arm of the VAG group wanted to replicate this success introducing the Cupra Leon 300, sharing the exact same engine and performance as the Golf GTi Clubsport with 296bhp. Without the 4WD technology the Cupra Leon and Golf GTI weigh a fair bit lighter than the Golf R, but which do you think would handle better? I’ve always been a fan of 4WD technology, it grips the road much better and would help in my neck of the woods; the North of England where there can be snow and lots of mud with plunging winter temperatures; making it a great road car. Giving the grip on the road, the weight of the car; I’d imagine that the Golf GTi or Cupra Leon would be more thrilling around the track though. When considering a hot hatchback on lease, I think it’s safe to assume that all 3 of these vehicles would be considered with the likely winner being based on the monthly rental, as other than the unique features of the badge and branding; they all do look similar from the exterior; more so with the 2 options from VW. It must be said that the Cupra Leon does have the better looking interior. For years customers have favoured the VW Golf particularly the performance GTD, GTI and R, but I predict that VW may see some of these customers shift across to another arm of the VAG group by opting for the Cupra Leon, which is available at a lower RRP.