Seat Leon SC 1.4 TSI 140 FR
Week ending: August 7
Miles driven this week: 155
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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