Our cars: Seat Leon SC - December

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  • 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

  • Our Leon SC's sat-nav touch-screen is clear and easy to use, but it can be frustratingly slow

    Our Leon SC's sat-nav touch-screen is clear and easy to use, but it can be frustratingly slow

  • 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 FR

Read the full Seat Leon SC review

Week ending December 20
Mileage 2320
Driven this week 120 miles


As I prepare to load the Leon SC up with suitcases, biking paraphernalia and presents to head off to visit the family over the festive period, I have noticed an blemish in the Seat's boot.

Right down by the base of the seats, at the point where they split in two, there is a large exposed hinge. Actually, it isn't totally exposed as there is a rudimental piece of carpet that loosely covers it.

So far it hasn't caused any issues or caught on anything, but it does take a touch of the premium feel away that the rest of the cabin works so hard to create

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com


Week ending December 13

Mileage 2200
Driven this week 190 miles

It’s taken a few weeks, but I have had reason to carry more than one passenger in the Seat for the first time, and even had the opportunity to sit back there myself.

I’d have never gone for the three-door Leon SC if I needed a full-time four-seat car, but the ability to squeeze adults in the back seats is important to me.

I was a little concerned when I first tried to get into the back seat, as the gap created when the seat was slid forward seemed remarkably small, despite the large front door. I made it in ok, as did all of my friends (all still relatively youthful and agile) but there was a bit of muttering about the positions they had to contort their bodies into in order to get in.

Once on board though, there is a good amount of head and legroom in the back of the Leon, and it feels a lot less claustrophobic than the tight entrance suggests.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com

Read the full Seat Leon SC review

Week ending December 6
Mileage 2010
Driven this week 280 miles

Everyone has a friend that they are a bit wary of lending things to in case they come back broken, but I'm not sure if I can blame anyone for my Leon returning to my possession with its first niggle.

Our annual Awards are just over a month away, and I duly let some colleagues borrow the Leon for a couple of days to use as a camera car for some filming for the big night.

When it came back, Matthew Burrow innocently asked whether the buttons on the steering wheel were working correctly when I had last been in my car. They were, but it turns out they no longer are.

This is not a huge problem as far as daily driving is concerned, as I can control most things elsewhere. The wheel-mounted stereo volume control is the button I probably touch more than any other in the cabin so I just have to remember to head for the stereo itself when I can't bear to hear any more about England's latest batting collapse.

The other downside is that I can't get the digital speedo up on the dash, which I am rather fond of. It's because of this that the Leon looks set to make its first trip back to the dealer sooner rather than later.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com

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