SEAT Leon SC review (2013 onwards) – MSN Cars UK

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It’s the sportier, three-door of the new SEAT Leon range a more distinctive, sportier on the five-door Leon hatchback. A estate joins the range in

Where: Gloucestershire


Leon SC: first impressions

hopes the Leon family in its iteration will become the of its range. The SEAT Leon has been one of its strongest sellers, but in the it’s been hamstrung by a of bodystyles. Where previously has been only a single Leon hatchback, now that is joined by this three-door, coupe-inspired hatch and, spring 2014, a five-door with more boot than a Ford Mondeo

The new 2013 SEAT Leon SC is a design, with enough differences from the five-door to warrant its coupe-alike tag. In vibrant SEAT colours, it great, only the angrily gaping-eyeball headlamps detracting a very pretty shape. certainly a car you’ll be noticed in, and prices from £15,370 the SC make it onto many radar.


The new SEAT Leon SC is basically a VW in Spanish drag

What you to realise about the new SEAT SC is that it’s a VW Golf in drag. Based on the same box of bits as the German benchmark, the family shares virtually all of the hardware. So there is an abundance of

Pick from 1.2, 1.4 and 1.8 TSI engines offering from or a spread of diesels spanning 1.6 to 2.0 litres, mustering from

The bestseller by far will be the 1.6 TDI, will be perfect for most It’s a willing unit and smooth, but hardly justifies the tag of the SC model badge. Trade up to the 2.0 TDI for more sporting thrills and a 280lb ft of pulling power on tap all the way 1,750rpm.

We’d settle for the value of the 1.6 TDI and its compelling 99g/km of though.

A variety of five- and manual transmissions are offered, with a typically precise VW and action. The seven-speed DSG twin-clutch is worth a mention, too, for its fast changes and ability to between slusher and sports


SEAT Leon SC: and handling

The Leon SC proved sensitive to the myriad wheel, and suspension combinations available to The first edition we drove was the 1.6 TDI to the 17in Dynamic wheels. clear of the big rims: the car jolted and over road scars and the and trim ended up rattling like a school nursery.

It was

But this remains a fun hatch to along, whether you’re twisting British back or at a motorway cruise. The Golf-sourced endows the Leon SC with a finesse that few rivals can



The cabin of the newest SEAT range is perhaps its strongest over the first two generations of hatchback. Earlier Leons always plasticky to the point of for the Lego appreciation society, but materials and low-rent design are now a of the past. The three-door Leon has a attractive interior.

The cockpit is by swooshing lines, echoing the anarchy outside. But the quality is all soft-squish plastics and no shortage of tech, on account of its Volkswagen roots. SEAT on its own could afford to develop systems the wonderful, swipe-along, iPad-esque screen without VW’s

But they have, and it works a Hover your fingers the infotainment system and it knows you’re about to press, up likely soft-key functions before you’ve tapped the

Space is reasonable in the Leon SC. passengers are generously accommodated, rear-pew accommodation is fine you’re installed. The front flop forwards with simplicity to let you scramble to the back and the boot is a good size, there is a vast lip to lower past.

We still love the SEAT badge, which as the boot handle. Little like this are an enduring for long-term ownership.

SEAT SC: economy and safety

Our advice be to stick to the diesel models if you real-world economy

Our advice would be to stick to the models if you want real-world The 1.6 TDI we tested – the expected in the UK – averaged 54mpg on our jaunt, despite its manual boasting a slender five And we weren’t hanging around.

But on similar roads in the 1.2 TSI with the DSG yielded a disappointing 34mpg.

It goes to show that you always believe the official consumption figures published by (SEAT quotes 57.6mpg for model). Small engines need to be worked hard may in real-world driving conditions. The Leon is supposed to average miles on every gallon of while even the most turbocharged petrol model average a claimed 47.9mpg.

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