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Built on the same MQB platform as the market leading, double European Car of the Year winning VW Golf, one might look on the Seat Leon with an comparatively unflattering eye. But surprisingly, the Seat gives its VW platform mate a real run for its money. Sporty handling, bags of grip, good power and an exciting, lively design makes it more than simply a poor man's Golf. Earlier models might favour a purely stable drive rather than the newer model's sportier edge, but all share the same eye catching design, while good cabin space and a sizeable boot (380 litres) make it not quite market leading, but not far off.
Now in its third generation, the Leon is a smart family hatchback with plenty of streetwise style, spacious practicality and an energetic and engaging drive which easily pits it against some of the more popular models in its competitive class.
First released in 1999, the Seat Leon has seen constant success, winning numerous awards, selling in large numbers and regularly scoring well in customer satisfaction polls. Although once a manufacturer of the cheap and the cheerful, the Leon is proof that Seat is a quickly becoming a mature and serious contender.
Based on a VW platform (shared with the Audi A3 and VW Golf), the Leon is calm and assured on the road. Steering is well-weighted and accurate, while body roll is minimal, both of which give it sharp handling and nimble ability at all speeds. FR models have stiffer and even more accurate handling, but on all models ride is a touch on the hard side - although not to its overall detriment.
In the latest generation there are a total of six engines to choose from - three petrol and three diesels. Although the diesel options are easy and efficient, it is the 1.4 litre petrol which stands out for its smooth, effortless power and willing revs. Coupled with a clean and precise five speed manual, the Leon runs with an unflappability that few would associate with the Spanish manufacturer. The top of the range 2.0 litre TDI FR with 181bhp is powerfully able and will appeal to the real driving enthusiasts with its impressive 7.5 second 0-62mph sprint.
Impressive performance comes at no added price in terms of run costs, and in the latest generation the Leon is surprisingly efficient. 90Kg lighter than its predecessor and 10 per cent more aerodynamic, the 1.6 TDI Ecomotive offers just 74.3 mpg returns and CO2 emissions of 99g/km. Even the top spec TDI FR offers an impressive 65mpg and 112g/km.
From the outside the Leon is arguably more stylish and interesting than the VW and Audi with which it shares its platform. Statement wing mirrors and flat-edged wheel arches give it a sharp, muscular look which mirrors its fun performance. Inside it is less eye catching, but with plenty of space for both passenger and luggage (the boot offers a spacious 380 litres of space), it is incredibly practical.
A stylish and exciting family hatchback, the Seat Leon is fast becoming one of the leading options in its class. Something which, considering its competitors, is no mean feat.
With three generations and a number of special editions (including the now discontinued Cupra), there is plenty of choice within the Leon range. Here are the latest generation's trim levels and their key features.
Air con, 15" steel wheels, heated mirrors, colour media system with CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, front sport seats, steering wheel mounted controls, ESB, EBA, driver, front, front side, curtain and driver's knee airbags.
Air con, 16" alloy wheels, heated mirrors, colour media system with CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, front sport seats, steering wheel mounted controls, ESB, EBA, cruise control, XDS, hill hold control, front fog lights, driver, front, front side, curtain and driver's knee airbags.
Dual zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, dark tinted rear windows, SEAT Drive Profile, 17" alloy wheels, heated mirrors, colour media system with CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, front sport seats, steering wheel mounted controls, ESB, EBA, cruise control, LED rear lights, XDS, hill hold control, front fog lights, driver, front, front side, curtain and driver's knee airbags.