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 family cars. It feels more polished than the likes of the Kia Cee’d (both in the cabin 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 ACT. This combines a 148bhp turbo petrol engine with a sporty suspension set-up to give strong performance and agile handling.
The 1.2-litre petrol model 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 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 to buy.
Reader test team says:
I had a new Leon 5dr as a rental car recently, with the 1.2 TSI 105bhp engine. I was very very impressed with this little engine - the car had done…
I have owned my Leon SC for just over 10 months now and I really cannot fault it. The car is stunning to look at, drives superbly, has a spacious…
I've owned the Leon now for 4 months, having been attracted by the range of equipment, SC styling, technology pack and performance that was available…
I recently purchased this car with the free tech pack (Sat nav, DAB radio, LED lights) and also added the optional extras of winter pack, front and…