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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Target Price team says:

The Seat Leon is one of the best family cars. It feels more polished than the likes of the Kia Cee’d (both in the cabin 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 ACT. This combines a 148bhp turbo petrol engine with a sporty suspension set-up to give strong performance and agile handling.

The 1.2-litre petrol model 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 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 to buy.

Reader test team says:

Seat Leon Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 S 5dr

I had a new Leon 5dr as a rental car recently, with the 1.2 TSI 105bhp engine. I was very very impressed with this little engine - the car had done…

Alasdair Davis

4 out of 5 stars

Seat Leon Hatchback 1.4 TSI 150 FR 3dr

I have owned my Leon SC for just over 10 months now and I really cannot fault it. The car is stunning to look at, drives superbly, has a spacious…

Alex Shingler

5 out of 5 stars

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I've owned the Leon now for 4 months, having been attracted by the range of equipment, SC styling, technology pack and performance that was available…

Gary Robinson

2 out of 5 stars

Seat Leon Hatchback 1.4 TSI 125 SE 3dr

I recently purchased this car with the free tech pack (Sat nav, DAB radio, LED lights) and also added the optional extras of winter pack, front and…

Peter Farrar

5 out of 5 stars
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