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.
What Car? says
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 27 Seat Leon versions available
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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