SEAT’s extensive Leon range has something for everyone.
SEAT’s Leon is offered in three- and five-door guises, as an estate and pseudo cross-country guise meaning there’s plenty of choice. It’s better than ever now, too, with Golf underpinnings yet more sensible pricing and distinctive looks. Lots of choice, then, and lots to like, too.
What is it?
Everything from a three-door hatch (SC in SEAT-speak) to an ST (estate), a five-door hatch and body-moulded off-road looking X-Perience. So there are lots of Leons to choose from. Factor in the wickedly fast Cupra versions and there are even more. Spun off Volkswagen’s platform strategy it’s basically a Spanish Golf, which means a bit more flair on the outside, a plainer interior to justify the slightly lower list price and much the same line-up of engines. Four trims, if you include those Cupra variants, means even more choice.
What is it like?
We like it; the Leon’s a good looker and while its interior is a bit plain, it’s all very functional. It drives with a bit more verve than its Volkswagen relations, too. Even the entry-level S models come with air conditioning, though you’ll need SE for alloy wheels and rear parking sensors. It’s the trim we’d have. As for engines, the 1.6-litre TDI diesel is difficult to fault, but the 1.2 TSI petrol is cheaper to buy, not much more to run and more fun, too.
Carzone verdict: 3.5/5
A fine choice in the busy family hatchback marketplace, the SEAT Leon’s got stand-out looks and a drive that’s up there with the best in the class. The cabin is spacious enough, though visibility can be a bit restricted. It’s a shame you need to get into the FR models before the 2.0 TDI engine is available, but few will be disappointed with the smaller diesel or petrol choices, and equipment levels are comprehensive, even at the entry point. Well worth considering.