Seat Leon Ecomotive driven
The ‘green’ version of Seat’s small family hatchback
The Leon Ecomotive now comes with a 1.6- rather than 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine. An engine stop-start system has been added, too, while energy normally lost under braking is also recovered. As before, the Ecomotive version has different gearing and special tyres to boost efficiency, along with an aerodynamic pack to help it cut through the air more cleanly.
The end result? CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and average fuel economy of 74.3mpg.
What’s it like?
Apart from the stop-start system – which works smoothly – the Ecomotive is just like any other Leon from behind the wheel. The ride is a little firm, but the handling and steering are sharp. The 1.6-litre diesel engine isn’t as quiet as it is in the closely related VW Golf, but it’s impressively flexible and smooth, nonetheless.
How much does it cost?
In S trim the Leon Ecomotive costs £16,840, which is a lot cheaper than the equivalent VW Golf Bluemotion or Ford Focus Econetic. Standard kit includes air-conditioning, a USB port and six airbags. The SE version – which adds extras such as alloy wheels, cruise control and a plusher interior trim – costs £18,140. The Leon Ecomotive is on sale now.
What Car? says…
Impressively green and affordable
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