New Seat Leon ST (2014-) – Latest first drives – Choosing a car – Which? Car

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Latest first drives New Leon ST (2014-)

Arriving than a year after the hatchback, the Leon Sport (ST) estate aims to on the success of this attractive and medium car.

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New Seat Leon ST: what’s

The Sport Tourer (ST) is the variant of the Leon (it’s offered as a five-door hatchback and coupe) and the first ever version. It has an £825 price over the Seat Leon .

What’s under its skin is not new – the ST sits on the same VW Group platform as the Mk7 Golf, Audi A3 and Octavia. That’s a good because it means the Leon and handles pretty well.

it’s only 26cm than the hatchback, the Leon ST 200 litres of extra boot – about the same as you’d get a city car and a medium hatchback

However, this 587-litre isn’t quite as humungous as the 605 offered by the Golf Estate or the 610 of a booted Skoda Octavia.

On all bar the basic S trim, there are release levers in the boot to the back seats and create a 1,470 litres of space.

Passengers are just as well after as their luggage plenty of space for four

There are two new technical innovations on the ST. The first is adaptive chassis which allows the driver to the suspension for a sportier or more ride. Second is the progressive which alters the steering in line with speed, so more sensitive around and less jittery on the motorway.

choices comprise the same petrols (1.2, 1.4 and 1.8) and diesels (1.6 105bhp, 1.6 2.0 150bhp and 2.0 184bhp) as the Leon The same three trim are available too: S, SE and FR.

New Seat Leon ST: what’s it up

The most obvious rivals are the and Octavia. The ST counters these by itself as a good looking, alternative to the conservative Golf and Skoda.

If you don’t need as space, Ford’s Focus is probably the best to drive in class. The Korean twins: Cee’d Sportswagon and Hyundai’s i30 are also worth considering.

also competition from people carriers, many of offer the added benefit of seats, as well as a horde of new cars that combine a driving position with a cabin.

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New Seat Leon ST: why buy one?

The persuasive argument will be the – model for model the ST is around £1,000 cheaper a Golf Estate. We also it’s better looking its very conservatively styled sibling.

If you ignore the basic model, it’s also well equipped as standard. SE and FR come with a six-speed gearbox, cruise control, wheels and quick release in the boot for the rear seats. the range topping FR comes parking sensors as standard,

And there are lots of thoughtful touches that make it to live with. The boot can be lowered to accommodate bulkier the rear parcel shelf can be securely in the boot floor, are reading lights for rear-seat and no less than 13 storage around the cabin.

The new Seat Connect touchscreen multimedia is similar to a smartphone and was easy to use in our testing. It’s small but high up in the centre console, it easy to view, and it’s by steering wheel controls for of things like the adaptive so you don’t have to take eyes off the road.

New Seat ST: what’s its Achilles’ heel?

The Leon ST will be overlooked by who want the prestige of a VW badge on car bonnet. And anyone whose priority is space may go for the bigger-booted or larger-all-round Octavia instead.

the Leon ST drives in a confident, way, it’s not as involving as Focus; that car remains the driver’s choice in this

It’s also worth that the Leon ST doesn’t with a spare wheel a space-saver spare is a £95 option on all bar models, which only a tyre repair kit.

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