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The SEAT Leon has a good looks and drives well

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
1.4 MPI 85 hp 7 l/100km Petrol 13.7 s 172 km/h
1.6 102 hp 7.5 l/100km Petrol 11.7 s 184 km/h
1.9 TDI 105 hp 5.1 l/100km Diesel 11.5 s 185 km/h
2.0 TDI 140 hp 5.6 l/100km Diesel 9.3 s 205 km/h
2.0 FSI 150 hp 8.1 l/100km Petrol 8.8 s 210 km/h
2.0 TDI 170 hp 6 l/100km Diesel 8.2 s 214 km/h
2.0 TFSI 185 hp ? Petrol 7.4 s 220 km/h
2.0 TFSI 200 hp 7.9 l/100km Petrol 7.3 s 229 km/h

Body type Hatchback
Number of doors 5
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Front
Length 4 315 mm
Width 1 768 mm
Height 1 458 mm
Wheelbase 2 578 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 315 kg
Weight (max) 1 885 kg
Boot space (min) 341 l
Boot space (max) ?
Fuel capacity 55 l


   The SEAT Leon is produced since 2005. It is based on the Volkswagen Golf V platform.

   The Leon is powered by a number of petrol and diesel engines. The 1.4-liter petrol unit has to be worked hard, while the most popular are the 1.6-liter petrol and the 1.9-liter turbodiesel. Unfortunately the last mentioned has a narrow power band. The 2.0-liter TDI is a good compromise between the power and economy.

   The sportiest model so far is powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol, delivering 200 hp, but the 225 hp and 250 hp models are expected.

   The SEAT Leon has a sharp steering. It is stable and easily controlled at a high speed. Leon's drawback's are that steering does not give enough feedback to the driver and the ride is a bit firm over imperfect roads.

   Most of the engines are smooth, while the new turbodiesels are surprisingly quiet. Both wind and road noises are well isolated from the cabin.

   The SEAT Leon is well priced and equipped. It do not keeps it's value as well as the VW Golf, but it's residual values are still strong. Servicing costs of the Leon will cost you virtually the same as the Golf's, but any bodywork is pricier.

   Inside the Leon everything is made from the high-quality materials and robust fabrics, but the plastics stay hard and rather dull.

   Driver's position is comfortable thanks to a supportive seats. The steering wheel can be adjusted for the reach and height. Furthermore driver's seat can be adjusted for height. The Drawback of the nice exterior is in windscreen pillars, creating a large blind spot.

   The SEAT Leon is generous on space for all the passengers. There is plenty of head and legroom at the rear. The boot is average, but it is unsuccessfully shaped and has a high loading lip.

  All models are completed with an ABS, front, side and curtain airbags are fitted as standard. Remote central locking is also fitted on all cars.

   It comes in three trim variants. All Leon's come with the front electric windows and air conditioning as standard. The top of the range Sport trim comes with alloy wheels, sport suspension, rear electric windows, cruise control and audio controls placed on the steering wheel.

   Production of the SEAT Leon still continues.


   Advantages: Sharp looks, sharp handling and plenty of space.

   Disadvantages: Restricted forward visibility.

   Verdict: Good looking and drives well.

   Also consider: Ford Focus II, Opel Astra.


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