For Huge boot, some versions are seriously cheap to buy and run, and it's decent to drive. There's plenty of equipment as standard, too.
Against The ride is slightly jarring, the boot floor is clunky to adjust, and interior quality falls short of that in some rivals.
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is a great all-rounder, particularly with the 1.6 TDI engine, although it's outclassed in a few key areas by its rivals.
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There are 12 Seat Leon versions available
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In the Leon hatchback the 1.2 or 1.4 petrol engines make a lot of sense due to their affordability and refinement. It's a different case in the ST, where diesel will be the better option because of the larger loads.
The extra torque will cope better with the weight, and the 1.6 TDI 105 promises the best blend of this mid-range grunt and affordable buying and running costs.
Equipment is good even on base S trim, which gets Bluetooth, USB connection, air-con, colour touch-screen, wheel-mounted audio controls and electric front windows.
We'd still say it's worth opting for SE, which adds cruise control, driver's lumbar adjustment and front and rear central armrests. Most buyers will choose to pay a little extra to add full iPod connectivity (allowing you to control your device fully through the touch-screen) and rear parking sensors, though these are often available for free as part of Seat's competitive and frequent promotions.