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For FR models look suitably sporty and come with plenty of standard equipment. The 2.0-litre diesel engine has 181bhp and a whopping 280lb ft of torque, so it feels genuinely rapid. It’s pretty refined once you’re up to cruising speeds, too.

Against There is a trade-off in ride quality, particularly if you go for the optional 18-inch wheels. Despite the FR’s sporting intent, the steering doesn’t offer much feedback. The diesel engine can be pretty vocal if you rev it hard, too.

Seat Leon Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

The Seat Leon 2.0 TDI FR 184 is a fine diesel hot hatchback, with enough performance to allow you some fun, plus sharp handling and low running costs.

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7.5 secs
Top speed
142 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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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 the VW Golf.

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

The 1.2 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, stick with the 1.6 TDI. The 2.0 is unsurprisingly stronger, but it’s noisier and quite a bit more expensive. The 1.6 TDI Ecomotive doesn't make much financial sense, either.

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