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For The Seat Leon handles well, the engines are strong, and it has a practical and user-friendly cabin. The cheaper models are great value for money.

Against Lower-powered versions have a pattery ride, the 1.6-litre diesel engine is noisy, and there’s the odd bit of cheap-feeling trim on the dashboard.

Seat Leon Hatchback
44 5stars

The Seat Leon is an impressive family car that's practical, stylish and good to drive. Pick the right version and it's tough to beat for the money.

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There are 25 Seat Leon versions available

Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 S 3dr £15,815
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 S 5dr £16,115
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 SE 3dr £16,935
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 SE 5dr £17,235
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 S 3dr £17,515
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 125 SE 3dr £17,535
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 S 5dr £17,815
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 125 SE 5dr £17,835
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 SE 3dr £18,635
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 SE 5dr £18,935
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 FR 3dr £19,265
What Car? says:5 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 FR 5dr £19,565
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 SE Ecomotive 3dr £19,625
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 110 SE Ecomotive 5dr £19,925
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 150 SE 3dr £19,985
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 150 SE 5dr £20,285
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TSI 180 FR 3dr £20,740
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TSI 180 FR 5dr £21,040
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 150 FR 3dr £21,530
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 150 FR 5dr £21,830
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184 FR 3dr £22,520
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184 FR 5dr £22,820
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 265 Cupra 3dr £25,960
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 280 Cupra 3dr £27,210
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 280 Cupra 5dr £27,510
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

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:

Seat Leon Hatchback 1.2 TSI 110 SE 5dr

Very nippy little engine. Its the best car I've owned for overtaking and that includes a 2.0tdi PD 140bhp leon and an alfa mito 1.6jdtm.Quite how I'm…

Paul Tasker

5 out of 5 stars

Seat Leon Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 FR 5dr

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…

Jack Emmet

4 out of 5 stars

Seat Leon Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE 3dr

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…

Daniel Moore

3 out of 5 stars

Seat Leon Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 FR 5dr

It is a great car to drive. My only gripe is the CD player etc is in the Glove box, out of reach.I would like to hear from other owners how they get…

Brian Patchitt

4 out of 5 stars
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