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.
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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
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:
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…
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…
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…
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…