Seat Leon Car Reviews

The SEAT Leon is a medium family car which is available as a five door hatchback. Whilst the car is produced by SEAT, it shares many components with the Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and Audi TT.

Price Range: £-1 - £-1
Insurance Groups: N/A - N/A
MPG Range: N/A - N/A
Score: 4/5
Looks good
Good performance
Good price
Blind spots
Refinement
Firm ride

Latest Seat Leon Car Reviews:

Seat Leon S 1.4 5dr - March 2012
The Seat Leon S 1.4 5dr is a great value for money hatchback, which offers practicality and good handling, although the refinement of the engine is not great. The engine is not particularly powerfu...
Seat Leon SE Copa 1.6 TDI CR 5dr - March 2012
The Leon SE Copa 1.6 TDI CR 5dr is a great hatchback with loads of kit as standard including satallite navigation. The price is a little higher than other versions of the Leon hatchback, but in ret...
Seat Leon SE Copa 1.6 TDI CR DSG 5dr - February 2012
This version of the Seat Leon is in the middle of the range in terms of the list price, but this version of the diesel engine is the most efficient of all those available. It is also a car that is ...
Seat Leon FR+ 2.0 TSI DSG 5dr - March 2012
The Seat Leon FR+ 2.0 TSI DSG 5dr offers a turbocharged engine that gives great performance and comes with loads of equipment, but at an extra cost. The running costs are quite high too. For those ...
Seat Leon Cupra R 2.0 TSI 5dr - March 2012
The Seat Leon Cupra R 2.0 TSI 5dr is the sports version of the Leon hatchback range and offers a great performance, with all the practicality of the hatchback. However, it is a big step up in price...

Seat Leon Overview

The current version of the SEAT Leon comes with a choice of engines ranging from 1.2 litres to 2.0 litres, which offer a fuel economy ranging from 34.0 mpg to 74.0 mpg.

The SEAT Leon purchase price is competitive and provides good value for money given the amount of performance and equipment on offer. Running costs should be reasonable, and insurance is affordable as well.

Background

The SEAT Leon was introduced by the Spanish car manufacturer in 1998 with the first generation model, the Mk1, running from 1999 to 2006. There was also a saloon version of the Mk1 Leon which was known as the SEAT Toledo.

The Leon Mk1 was introduced as a cheaper and sportier version of the Volkswagen Golf with which it shares many parts. The Mk1 Leon is very popular in Britain and despite ceasing its production in 2006, the Cupra R variant of the Mk1 Leon was still ranking highly in Autocar’s “best hot hatchback of all time” poll in 2010.

The Mk1 Leon was replaced by the second generation model which was introduced in 2005 and is based on the Volkswagen Group A5 (PQ35) platform. Its styling is more sporty and modern than the previous model and there are two variants of the Mk2 Leon available; the SEAT Leon FR and the SEAT Leon Cupra.

The SEAT Leon FR has had enhancements to its suspension. The enhancements improve the car’s performance credentials. The dampers have also been redesigned to give more grip and sharper handling. The anti-roll bars have also been reconstructed to provide better safety and the car’s braking system has been enhanced.

The SEAT Leon Cupra model comes with a lot of aesthetic developments including sports seats, sports pedals and red brake callipers.

Summary

The SEAT Leon offers all the performance and handling that most enthusiastic drivers want, but still provides all of the practicality of a mid-sized hatchback. Overall build quality is good as well as a high standard of fit and finish.

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