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For This engine will be strong enough for most drivers and returns impressive official figures for fuel economy and emissions.

Against The engine can be noisy at times, and the ride is a little choppy.

Seat Leon Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

The Leon of choice if you must have a diesel, but we reckon most buyers will be better with a petrol.

What Car? readers say


Key facts

10.7 secs
Top speed
119 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Seat Leon is one of the best small family cars. It feels more polished than the likes of the Kia Cee’d (both inside and on the road), yet its pricing makes it look considerably more affordable than a VW Golf.

Our favourite version is the 1.4 FR. This combines a 138bhp turbo petrol engine with a sporty suspension set-up to give strong performance and agile handling.

The 1.2-litre petrol is also worth a look if you want to keep things cheap. Stick with entry-level S trim and you’ll get all the basics and surprisingly punchy performance for a very reasonable price.

If you need a diesel, the Ecomotive is worth the extra over the standard 1.6 TDI; its six-speed manual gearbox and extra power make it a bit more relaxing to drive. The 2.0-litre versions are unsurprisingly stronger, but they’re noisier and quite a bit more expensive.

Reader test team says:

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