Seat Leon review

From £19,855

An all-new Seat Leon was launched in 2020. It's the best one yet. It looks better than the car it's based on, the Volkswagen Golf, as well...

  • Seat Leon 2020

For: Just like a Golf

Against: Isn’t a Golf

Verdict: One of the best all-rounders in the family hatchback class

LATEST NEWS

  • September 2020: Entry-level Leon SE takes prices below £20k read more

REVIEW

The Spanish Volkswagen Golf is now prettier than the German one. It’s certainly sportier-looking, with a more focused interior. Otherwise, beneath the surface, it’s identical. Pretty compelling, given how you’re paying thousands less for the privilege.

Engines are superb. The 1.0 TSI is enough, and the 1.5 TSI is a great all-rounder with cylinder deactivation to deliver excellent economy. You don’t need a diesel.

Comfort isn’t quite Golf-like – the ride is firmer, particularly on FR models with lower suspension – but handling is confident. The Leon also has the same ultra-secure, high-quality feeling of robustness you get in a Golf. It’s a definite cut above.

The roomy interior is comfortable, even if the infotainment is as overburdened as a Golf’s. Seat is a bit more generous with standard equipment, and you’ll want an FR for its stylish trim and bolstered seats.

The Seat Leon is the perfect family hatch for those who think the latest Volkswagen Golf just a bit… awkward-looking. Awkward.

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KEY INFO

  • Launched: 2020
  • Facelifted: Not yet
  • Due for replacement: Not imminent
  • Warranty: 3 yrs / 60k miles

SEAT LEON UPDATES

  • September 2020

Seat has launched the entry-level SE grade in the UK, positioned below SE Dynamic and priced from £19,855 for a 1.0 TSI 110 SE.

Every Leon has standard LED headlights, cruise control, 8.25-inch infotainment screen, electronic parking brake, leather steering wheel, keyless go and metallic paint.

Also added in September 2020 are FR Sport and range-topping Xcellence and Xcellence Lux variants.

Specs
Model: Seat Leon
Prices from: £19,855
Engines: 1.0 TSI 110, 1.5 TSI Evo 130, 1.5 TSI 150, 2.0 TDI 115, 1.4 eHybrid 204
Gearboxes: 6-speed manual, 7-speed DSG
Bodystyles: Hatchback, estate
Trims: SE, SE Dynamic, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence, Xcellence Lux
Euro NCAP: Not tested
Power: 110-204 hp
0-62mph: 8.4-10.9 secs
Fuel economy: 47.9-64.2 mpg
CO2: 111-135 g/km
Dimensions (l/w/h, mm): 4,368/1,800/1,442
Boot capacity: 380 litres
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