SEAT Leon review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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What: Leon five-door hatchback

M alaga, Spain

Date: 2012

Price: £15,670 £22,375

Available . On sale arriving in March 2013

the same technology as the latest VW and Audi A3 but costing less, the new Leon is an attractive yet pragmatic hatchback choice


The current SEAT Leon is a act for the new 2013 version to follow in the UK. It distinctive looks with a image, good value and all-round performance to provide an choice to the big boys that few compromises.

In fact, the package is so at this point that is looking certain to be the second sales year in the model’s here – and could end up setting a new all-time record. For a car in its year on the market this is unheard of.

Better than the old in every respect

So how do you top that? consumers an all-new model on the exact same underpinnings as the latest Volkswagen Golf and A3 – the VW Group’s new “MQB” for anyone who hasn’t been – stacked with similar of technology at a slightly lower

Thus creating a new Leon is better than the old Leon every respect. Some quibble over the looks, are arguably the Audi as a hamster its pouches stuffed and less than before, but the new Leon is efficient, more powerful and has passenger space.

Every car air conditioning as standard, and the five-door tested here is the vanguard for will soon become a …, also comprising a three-door SC and an extra practical ST The force is strong with one.



UK engine choice for the new Leon of three petrol and three engines. Each is turbocharged for performance and efficiency, starting the 105hp 1.2-litre TSI petrol.

We happily stop at this as well, since it’s our of the range. But for the sake of completeness you can choose a 140hp 1.4 TSI and a 180hp 1.8 TSI on the side, plus a 105hp 1.6 TDI and two of 2.0 TDI on the diesel side, offering and 184hp – both of which we drove.

The worst you can say about the diesels is they’re a little noisy the range-topping unit, as you might On balance, we’d stick the 150hp version anyway, as the 34hp didn’t seem enough to justify the additional

Either way you get a linear power with plenty of overtaking While we didn’t get to try the 1.6 that’s to prove most popular of experience of this engine in VW Group products means confident it won’t disappoint.

brings us neatly back to the TSI petrol. Compared to those diesels we found ourselves a more circumspect about slower traffic. But that the super sweet nature of diminutive firecracker means it is all the engine most people ever need.

Think of the in terms of advantages rather disadvantages. Total weight is 1,113kg, and if you go easy on it, fuel will certainly be modest. Yet the way it responds when you wring its that makes a lasting – it just wants to keep on and giving.

Ride and handling

As with the MQB products, the new Leon makes weight savings over the car it In the SEAT’s case the average is a 90kg, which, thanks to the use of higher strength steel, without sacrificing safety or The new car is 15% stiffer than the old one.

weight and increased strength benefit ride and handling, as the structure allows the suspension to more effectively and the lower means there’s less for it to control. The Leon is keen to grippy when it does so, and impressive at smothering bumps.

In other words, pretty like the latest Golf and A3, – which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Like those it offers an inspired combination of and comfort without leaving the feeling completely remote. Leons with lower suspension are well balanced at too.

What does specification suspension mean? the Golf, all Leons with up to have a less sophisticated axle design – which on costs. It means the more models are slightly more when you’re pressing on, but for us actually made the lesser more involving.

Most buyers are unlikely to be in any case – regardless of what’s at the back, the Leon glories in a ride and precise, neatly steering that delivers synthesised feedback. If you want pick the FR trim level, includes stiffer springs and and reduced ride height.

With FR available across the entire engine line up, it now like Audi’s S line instead of as a mild, standalone, model. Below this find SE, and then the entry-level S – only comes with the petrol and 1.6-litre diesel

S buyers are hardly short-changed, since every single will be sold with air and a touchscreen infotainment system – not to six speakers, Bluetooth, heated seven airbags, and stability Ill-equipped it is not.

Upgrade to SE and you get wheels, cruise control and a and better touchscreen; FR adds and rear parking sensors, climate, and SEAT Drive giving you Normal, Sport and Eco plus a custom Individual Yep, SEAT’s now got its own version of drive select.

Premium stuff. The cabin aren’t quite as alluring, This is the one area where still isn’t able – or – to compete with its posher

But the overall design of the interior is improved compared to the previous and there will be few complaints how it’s screwed together.

Similarly, while the new Leon is shorter than it was before, the between the wheels has increased by This exaggerated ‘wheel at corner’ stance helps the ride and the handling, but it also more passenger room. leg and headroom is appreciably better as a

Boot space is up over the old car as by a not insubstantial 39 litres. The resulting volume matches the A3 Sportback, and can be by dropping the rear seats. manual gearboxes are standard on all but the 1.6 TDI, with DSG autos on select engine choices.

and safety

Reduced weight is for efficiency, too, and with Leon featuring standard technology none of them more than 139g/km Even more remarkable, the diesel, which does in 7.5 seconds, emits just and officially returns a claimed

The 1.6-litre TDI is a 99g/km car – with a 74.3mpg – and that’s the introduction of the full Ecomotive Due next year, this see emissions drop below Mega frugal.

The Leon skimp on safety kit. In to all the airbags and the stability control, Collision Brake avoids accidents by slamming on the anchors impact. From SE and above also includes the XDS traction which helps the front-wheel Leon grip harder in the

Visibility is excellent all round, and takes a segment first an optional upgrade to full LED By contrast, it’s also to see a good old-fashioned traditional – which provides far greater than the latest electronic Progress isn’t always for the

The MSN Cars verdict

The new SEAT is a brilliantly well-rounded family It’s got style and grace, and pace.

The engines are efficient, fun to drive and the combination of solid levels, keen pricing and VW fundamentals means it has got the Ford and the Vauxhall Astra firmly in its

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