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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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Seat Leon Hatchback
15 reader reviews for Seat Leon Hatchback.
  • 1.4 TSI 150 FR 5dr

    David Orr , Somerset . Date: 17/12/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    When petrol engines are this good then why get a diesel? 60mpg, £20 VED and 80% of the torque of the 2.0TDI and....0-62 8.0s.

    This 150bhp engine the 2 cylinder shut off when steady driving (ACT = Active Cylinder Technology) and the transition between 2 & 4 cylinders is seamless.

    The ride on the standard 17" wheels with 45 profile tyres is firm but comfortable and well controlled - handling is superb

    The VW Golf Mk 7 cabin is a bit classier but a Golf GT 150TSI specced to the same level would be £305K more expensive.

    I like the Golf Mk 7 a lot but I think the Seat Leon styling is sharper.

    The Technology Pack is thrown in and the included LED headlights on beam are awesome.

  • 1.2 TSI 110 SE 5dr

    Paul Tasker , West Yorks . Date: 05/10/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    Owned the Leon for 9 months now and overall it's a better car than the last model. It's good in most ways. Doesn't amaze you but usually it's a pleasant car to drive and live with. The engine is very perky and has good low down torque. It needs to be worked hard to deliver its best but it feels quicker than a focus 1.8 I had in 2008. Only when fully loaded with passengers and luggage do I wish for a litt bigger engine. It's most economical on a cruise. I can get 50mpg on a run,mid 40s during general driving and low to mid 30s around town. Overall it averages about 45mpg which is 5 below my previous diesel 1.6. 45 is not bad for a petrol that is this driveable. Handling is good without being a sports car. It's nicely planted on A and B roads and agile in town. Stable on the motorway. The downside is the ride can be a bit firm and jittery over bad surfaces and speed bumps but usually it's not uncomfortable. I do sometimes notice the simple rear suspension over mid corner bumps which affect this car more than my previous Leon though. Practicality is a mixed bag. There's lots of space inside and a reasonable boot but fold the seats and they don't fold flat. The base doesn't move so you have a huge lip. There's also a lip on the entrance to the boot.This made fitting in a tumble drier a pain and some of the polystyrene foam had to be removed to get it to fit. Not impressive. The plastic in front of dials rattles when it's cold. Overall build is quite good. Interior is a bit dark.

  • 1.4 TSI 150 FR 5dr

    Jack Emmet , . Date: 04/10/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    Having owned this car for five months now, I can happily say I do not regret choosing a Leon. I was originally considering an Audi A3, but seeing as this car is on the same platform using the same engines, comes better equipped and is, in my opinion, better looking, I decided it was the car for me. The car holds the road very well, you can throw it into corners and it keeps on gripping. It feels very planted on the road, you get very little in the way of vibrations through the steering wheel or cabin, it rides over imperfections on the roads surprisingly well considering it's an FR. I know many people bang on about the golf having a classier cabin, but I see little difference, in fact I think the dashboard is significantly better laid out - it looks much more modern and slick in my opinion. Having the Sat Nav higher up makes it much easier to glance at, unlike in the golf. However, I would not buy anything below FR trim else it does start looking cheap. The 1.4 engine is ridiculously punchy for something it's size, it can really shift, acceleration is constant and it even pulls very well in 6th on the motorway. It's not been as economical as I had perhaps hoped, I usually get about 40 on big runs, but this may well have a lot to do with the way I drive it - quick. Overall, very happy.

  • 1.2 TSI 105 SE 3dr

    Daniel Moore , . Date: 12/08/2014
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    Owned the car for about 5 months now. Overall I am happy with the car, the spec for the price is excellent even on the basic models. I definitely recommend making the most of the free technology pack on offer as this includes the LED lights, Sat nav and DAB digital radio. I really regret not adding these on to mine as i went for the larger alloys and parking sensors.

    The biggest let down of the car is the interior build quality! Massively let down. The door panels on both doors are driving me mad with a constant rattling present in both. To top that off, the dashboard plastics around the dials also rattles like mad. The rattling is at the point of distracting me from the driving of the car as I find my self constantly attempting to push down different areas of the plastic to try and spot the spot that rattles. DRIVING ME INSANE!!

    The suspension also makes slight sound as I go over speed bumps at a slow speed, sounds as though something is loose.

    Booked the car in to the dealers to see if all of these problems get sorted. Here is me being hopeful!

    Running costs are fairly good, actually stats from seat is 57, whereas I find my leon sat more around 48-52 mpg on average. Still very impressive for a large sized vehicle with a 1.2 engine. I forget the engine is a 1.2 the majority, feels like a lot of power and never had the feeling of needing that bit more. Would be very interested in going for a 1.4 TSI next time as I imagine it feels like a top engine!

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