Our cars: Seat Leon SC - February

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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 FR

Read the full Seat Leon SC review

Week ending February 21
Mileage 4340
Driven this week 200 miles

I had to look twice when heading out to the car park this week, as a second Leon FR in Alor Blue had turned up for assessment by our road testers.

Apart from the two extra doors of the hatchback that was in for the week, the differences were clear on closer inspection.

It came with the Sports Styling Pack, which customers can choose to add to their Leon if they go for the SE or FR trim. It adds a restyled front grille, tweaked front and rear bumpers, sideskirts and a hefty rear spoiler.

There are no performance or suspension upgrades, but it does get twin exhaust pipes - odd on a car that came with a 2.0-litre diesel engine under the bonnet.

In many ways the Leon seemed very familar to my own - there are no internal changes and it drives and rides in a similarly competent manner. In fact, I would have cast slightly envious eyes at its subtle upgrades, but for one thing - the price.

The Sports Styling Pack costs a whopping £3999. Given it took me a couple of double takes to work out exactly what the differences were between it and my own car, there is no way I could have justified considering it. After all, the standard FR is already a great looking car.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com

Seat Leon SC 1.4 TSI FR

Read the full Seat Leon SC review

Week ending February 14
Mileage 4140
Driven this week 290 miles

The Seat's sharp looks and bright blue paintjob are the main reason that it turns heads, but occasionally there are other causes for it to attract attention.

One of these is the headlights. The LED units on my car are wonderful in many ways; they are bright, clear and look good. The only issue I had was that every time I parked up at night they stayed lit so long after I'd got out of the car that I'd end up anxiously glancing back to make sure they weren't going to keep the neighbourhood illuminated all night long.

I figured that if I could adjust the level of brightness for the lights in the footwells then there must be a way of adjusting the amount of time the headlights stay lit after you lock the doors.

Sure enough, a few moments jabbing at the screen produced a menu that allowed me to adjust the amount of time the lights stay on when I unlock and lock the doors. In fact, I could choose for the lights to stay on for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 seconds.

Maybe I'll revert to the 30-second illumination when I move to that massive country pile with parking for 20.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com


Week ending February 7
Mileage 3850
Driven this week 120 miles

I borrowed the Seat this week because I needed a car with sat-nav – something that’s currently thrown in for free with all Leon FR models (but usually costs £1915).

On one hand, the system is great, because the menus are thoughtfully laid out and it’s easy to follow the on-screen directions – even in built-up areas.

Annoyingly, though, the touch-screen is often frustratingly slow to respond. Entering a new destination, for example, can take an age, because there’s a long delay every time you press the screen.

By Will Nightingale
Will.Nightingale@whatcar.com

Our cars: Seat Leon SC - January

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