Our cars: Seat Leon SC - August

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  • Impressive economy is possible, but boring to achieve

    Impressive economy is possible, but boring to achieve

  • Tom's undecided on the Leon's touch-screen proximity sensor - often useful, often frustrating

    Tom's undecided on the Leon's touch-screen proximity sensor - often useful, often frustrating

  • The Leon's infotainment system, mid crash

    The Leon's infotainment system, mid crash

  • The Leon's towbar was used for actual towing for the first time this week

    The Leon's towbar was used for actual towing for the first time this week

  • Bike fits in Leon's boot, but boot lip makes it tricky

    Bike fits in Leon's boot, but boot lip makes it tricky

  • Leon made it to deepest Wales despite satnav oddities

    Leon made it to deepest Wales despite satnav oddities

  • Sports Styling Pack is smart but staggeringly expensive

    Sports Styling Pack is smart but staggeringly expensive

  • Leon's lights have stayed lit for ages - until now

    Leon's lights have stayed lit for ages - until now

  • Leon SC met Leon ST this week

    Leon SC met Leon ST this week

  • Nav's auto zoom function is annoying Tom

    Nav's auto zoom function is annoying Tom

  • Official bike rack is secure, but heavy

    Official bike rack is secure, but heavy

  • Exposed hinge in the Leon's boot is not the plushest touch

    Exposed hinge in the Leon's boot is not the plushest touch

  • Entrance to rear seats looks small, but it's roomy enough for adults once you're in the back.

    Entrance to rear seats looks small, but it's roomy enough for adults once you're in the back.

  • Steering-wheel buttons are the first niggle on the Leon SC

    Steering-wheel buttons are the first niggle on the Leon SC

  • Why isn't there a convenient USB port at the back of this cubby? An opportunity missed, thinks our deputy content editor

    Why isn't there a convenient USB port at the back of this cubby? An opportunity missed, thinks our deputy content editor

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Seat Leon SC 1.4 TSI 140 FR

Week ending: August 7
Mileage: 9120
Miles driven this week: 155

Read the full Seat Leon SC review

Last week, I borrowed Tom’s Seat Leon FR for an evening commute back to the local hotel.

What should have been a 500-yard dash down the road and an early night turned into a tour of Richmond, Kingston and Twickenham, as the Leon proved an absolute hoot to drive.

Around town, the 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol motor actually felt more powerful than the on-paper 138bhp suggested. This, plus the low-rev punch and crisp six-speed manual gearbox, meant the Leon was all I could ever need in a ‘warm’ hatchback for general commuting.

Frustrations? The handbrake is positioned on the other side closest to the passenger and intrudes on the centre armrest. Also, when flicking the driver settings from Normal to Sport the traction control/ dynamic stability control wouldn’t switch off. In fact, there's no way to turn it off completely, which I’d like if I were to, say, take the car on track. Still, I’m nitpicking here.


By Aaron Smith
Aaron.Smith@whatcar.com

Our cars: Seat Leon SC - July

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