Our cars: Seat Leon SC - July

Article 1 of 10 See all
  • 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

/

Seat Leon SC 1.4 TSI FR

Read the full Seat Leon SC review

Week ending July 31
Mileage 9244
Miles driven this week 355

The Seat Leon is about to leave my care after 10 months, and this has given me cause to reflect on what have been the high and low points as far as the car is concerned.

I'll go into deeper detail in the car's final farewell (keep an eye out for that in the next week or so) but there is one thing on the Seat that has caused a fair few of my colleagues to have a moan when handing back the keys.

It's the towbar. When I specced the Leon, I wanted it to be more than just a pretty coupe-like hatchback, and I needed it to fit in with my lifestyle. As I am a keen cyclist, and regularly need to carry more than one bike, I needed a car that could cope.

The Leon's boot can take one bike with a bit of twisting of the handlebars, and two if you take wheels off and place them gently on top of one another. However, this is not only a massive pain to do regularly, it also prevents you from carrying any extra luggage or passengers.

Putting a rack onto a tow bar seemed the best solution. It is not so harsh in terms of wind resistance, so fuel economy shouldn't be so affected, and it is also low enough that my 5ft 3in other half can reach it.

My colleagues are whinging, however, because they don't like the look of the tow bar on the back of the Leon - I'm lazy so tend to leave it on between uses.

I could have gone for a cheaper, fixed tow bar, but I didn't want to ruin the looks permanently. This way I get all the practicality and don't make the Leon look like it is about to hitch up a caravan.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com


Week ending July 8

Mileage 8889
Miles driven this week 220

I've been away from the office for a week, but not on any sort of exotic holiday – instead I got to enjoy a week of DIY and decorating.

This has little to do with the Leon directly, but I didn't even have to think twice about sticking with the Seat for my week of errands, shopping trips and tip runs.

There were several tip runs, in fact, but this was more down to how our week panned out rather than an inability to fit everything in the car at once. The Leon took everything we threw at it and looked remakably glamorous next to the more battered and utilitarian vehicles found down at Wandsworth tip.

The boot could do with a bit of a hoover out now, but I am very grateful for the existence of the plastic protection on the entry point – it prevented the old laminate flooring from doing damage to the carpet in the back.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com

Our cars: Seat Leon SC - June

advertisement

Free car valuations

advertisement