Our cars: Seat Leon SC - June

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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 TFSI FR

Read the full Seat Leon SC review

Week ending June 25
Mileage 8679
Driven this week 235

The Leon has held up well so far, as you would hope and expect of a car that has yet to pass its first birthday or even clock up 10,000 miles.

Nothing has come loose and nothing has gone wrong – apart from a slight issue with the steering wheel buttons a few months back that turned out to be nothing more than a loose connection.

However, that might not be continuing as, on a couple of occasions recently, I have noticed a bit of noise from the front of the car, specifically over speed bumps. 

It's a sort of creaking noise, rather than anyhing more concerning, like a grinding or clunking. It's not always there though, so I almost wonder if I am imagining things. Rather than rushing straight down to the dealer to find that there is nothing there, I'll keep an ear out for a few weeks.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com



Week ending June 18
Mileage 8444
Driven this week 214

During an idle moment in a particularly stationary traffic jam this week, I had a play with the Leon's menus.

I quickly realised I had barely scratched the surface of what you can personalise when I discovered that you can set the tone of both the front and rear parking sensors. On several levels.

You can also change the ringtone that pipes up when you connect your phone via Bluetooth and play around with the lighting levels inside the cabin. You'll never get into someone else's Leon and think they have set up the car's options totally incorrectly for your taste, but I was still amazed with the level of choice on offer.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com

Week ending June 11
Mileage 8230
Driven this week 195

As my Leon has clearly been enjoyed by a few colleagues recently, all in order to make comparisons with the flagship Leon Cupra that has been kicking around, I figured it was time to redress the balance a little.

A late night airport run was the opportune moment to do this, because clear roads meant I was able to cruise as economically as possible on the 20-odd miles out to Heathrow with fuel economy my only goal.

I became all the more determined as I crept sensibly along the M4 on the final stretch as the average economy kept rising on the trip computer. The final figure of 59.7 showed that it is possible to eke an impressive level of efficiency out of this car. It was even slightly better than the official figure of 54.3mpg.

I won't be repeating the experiment too often, though, because it was far too boring a way to drive such an entertaining car.

By Tom Webster
Tom.Webster@whatcar.com


Week ending June 4

Mileage 8035
Driven this week 712

I borrowed Tom’s Seat Leon this week to attend the launch of the flagship model of the range: the Cupra. I thought it would be nice to a) turn up in a Seat and b) compare a ‘middling’ version of the Leon with the hottest car.

The Cupra is a very convincing package – you can read about it here – but I didn’t feel hard done by when I got into our FR at the end of the day. Sure, it doesn’t have the hot hatch’s power or adjustable shock absorbers, but it still proved a hoot to drive on the twisty Leicestershire A-roads that took me back to the M1.

I also found plenty to like about our car’s seats, which proved comfortable and supportive on the 160-mile journey home. Once slotted into sixth gear, the engine had no trouble keeping up with motorway traffic or the hilly parts of the A34 north of the M3. It also (according to the trip computer, at least) returned close to 43mpg on the journey home, which almost matches our True MPG figure.

So, all in all, the FR proved the ideal long-distance companion.

By Rob Keenan

Our cars: Seat Leon SC - May

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