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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 31 Seat Leon versions available

Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR 3dr £14,020
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 FR 5dr £14,570
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 S 3dr £15,550
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 FR 3dr £15,725
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 S 5dr £15,850
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 FR 5dr £16,275
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE 3dr £16,670
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr £16,970
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 S 3dr £17,250
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 S 5dr £17,550
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 SE 3dr £17,720
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 140 SE 5dr £18,020
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 SE 3dr £18,370
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 SE 5dr £18,670
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 1.6 TDI 110 SE Ecomotive 3dr £19,360
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 SE Ecomotive 3dr £19,360
What Car? says:4 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 5dr £19,660
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 SE Ecomotive 5dr £19,660
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 150 SE 3dr £19,720
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 150 SE 5dr £20,020
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TSI 180 FR 3dr £20,475
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.8 TSI 180 FR 5dr £20,775
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 150 FR 3dr £21,265
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 150 FR 5dr £21,565
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184 FR 3dr £22,255
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184 FR 5dr £22,555
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 265 Cupra 3dr £25,695
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 280 Cupra 3dr £26,945
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 2.0 TSI 280 Cupra 5dr £27,245
What Car? says:4 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 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.

Reader test team says:

Seat Leon Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184 FR 3dr

Put simply this is the best car I have ever owned and I must have owned 20 plus cars! If you are thinking of buying a Leon or similar and want…

Robert Flynn

5 out of 5 stars

Seat Leon Hatchback 1.6 TDI CR 105 SE 5dr

Test drove this to see how much of an upgrade it is over my 2010 previous generation model. I'm amazed that what car says the 1.6tdi is noisy. It can…

Paul Tasker

5 out of 5 stars

Seat Leon Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184 FR 5dr

When I bough my new Seat I wasn't expecting to find a car that delivers on all fronts, but after 600km of driving it, I have yet to make a single…

Dimitris Kainadas

5 out of 5 stars

Seat Leon Hatchback 2.0 TDI CR 184 FR 5dr

I recently purchased this Leon 2.0TDi FR 184 with technology pack. First of all the car looks great in white and is a joy to drive. The ride is firm…

Robin Mead

5 out of 5 stars
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