First drive: SEAT Leon 2013

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First drive: SEAT 2013

It is near impossible to not the third generation SEAT to the other VW Group models share the lightweight and highly MQB platform, but it’s a comparison works in its favour on the whole.

The five engine line-up resembles its MQB cousins with petrol units (1.2, 1.8 TSI) and two diesel (1.6, 2.0

The 1.8-litre TSI packs the perkiest with a 0-62mph time of but diesel drivers still get of excitement from the 2-litre TDI and every engine we tested was a Every engine included technology too.

Company fleets will be intrigued by the manual 1.6 TDI model emits 99g/km of CO2 at a combined economy of 74.3mpg and 13% Benefit In

Yep it’s the same engine boosted the fleet appeal of Golf, the Skoda Octavia and A3 but if want to avoid the price of the VW badge, the A3’s dull and something shorter than the then the Leon is a tempting

Over half of all Leons in the UK are expected to pack this 1.6 (54%) and they’re going to a great time with it. to 62mph might be 10.7seconds but the picks up well and keeps on well past the legal limit with satisfying and gear ratios.

There’s engine and cabin noise the 2.0 TDI but it is immediately more fun and notably responsive. The entry 1.2 TSI engine has of motoring exhilaration to offer even if it needs to be worked

Sharp look

The Leon has been a pleasing sight on the but its 2013 look is notably literally in some places the angle-edged wing mirrors, LED the bold lines running the of the exterior and more pointed

The third generation Leon is shorter than previous at 4263mm but its wheelbase has been by 58mm. It is wider by 48mm at and a smidge taller (+4mm).

All comes together to deliver a cabin, more interior and an extra 39 litres of boot (380 up from 341). It is 90kg lighter on average.

That cabin is of a decent too. The Leon is undoubtedly put-together with pleasant plastics dotted about, the and switches all solid and durable and the upholstery is £440 well

If we’re picking nits some plastics, particularly the handle and lower storage felt scratchy and stingy. one of the few minor compromises.

Standard includes 5” colour touchscreen player with USB/SD/Aux Bluetooth, six speakers, tinted 15” steel wheels, front windows and enough safety kit to bag a star Euro NCAP

Middle tier SE trim make up six in ten Leons sold and in 16” alloys, hill hold, control, electric windows all leather steering wheel, and handbrake.

The range-topping FR trim electric folding door eight speakers, 17” alloys, and rear parking sensors, climate control and lots of chrome.

Future

SEAT bolster the Leon with the of at least three extra options.

A 184PS 2-litre will arrive at the back end of outperforming the 1.8 TSI’s claim as the powerful Leon, along an extra frugal 1.6-litre with sub-99g/km CO2 emissions.

The second half of 2014 see the introduction of a 1.4 petrol unit Active Cylinder Technology; a VW Group feature which half the engine’s cylinders they’re not required in a bid to conserve

A sporty ST model will be revealed at Frankfurt in September an estate model will be before the end of 2013.

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