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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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63 reader reviews for Seat Leon Hatchback.
  • 1.8 T 20v Cupra 5dr

    Tim Wild , Cumbria . Date: 01/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Coming from a Focus 1.8 Zetec to the Leon 20 VT Cupra 180 meant the Cupra had a tough challenge to win me over. As it turned out the Seat is better in all respects.

    It handles well, grips better in the wet and has urgent and refined performance. The steering has a meaty feel which I like, whereas the Focus gave a tad more feedback. Build quality is superb at this price ( Just look at the shut lines ) and it is very well equiped. I just added Cruise Control at £160 where as on the Focus I had to spend a shed load of extra dosh to get the same spec.

    Fuel economy is circa 25 mpg if you nail it ( which I do !) and 32 if you drive like your mum. At a steady pace on the motorway I get 36 - 37 with the air-con off. The only thing I would wish to improve is braking power from 100 mph plus where the focus did have the edge (on a circuit of course!)

  • 1.8 T 20v Cupra R 5dr

    Victor Alvarez Date: 27/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It was love at first sight...

    First, its looks. You can't miss the 18' wheels, the oval chrome tail pipe, the bumpers, the flash red brembo breaks, the impressive 323mm break disks and the general silhouette. You have a flavour of it by looking at pictures in a magazine. But when you actually see it in the metal, it becomes a true revelation. It looks muscular, just like a Spanish bull, specially in black colour. It's a beast.

    Coming from an 110 bhp Vauxhall, I don't have much of a history to compare it with. I was very impressed with how hard the engined pulled in second and third gear. It's a fantastic adrenaline rush. And it takes corners with such grip that you'll want to push it even further.

    I bought it 2 years ago, and have enjoyed every single moment with it, from the simple shopping to the B road trips in the coutryside and the longer trips. Take it on the motorway, and very few cars will match its engine eagerness for speed.

    It feels safe, is very well equipped and is a performance bargain. You buy an Audi with a different badge, which to me, replaces conformism with sheer emotion and pleasure. And you pay less for it!

    Buy one now. Don't be a VW sheep, but a SEAT Bull!

  • 1.8 T 20v Cupra 5dr

    colin brown , south staff . Date: 21/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Cupra is one fast car - 180BHP, six speed 'box and good sensitive steering. It doesn't stop there either. The equipment levels are very high includling ABS and traction control. The only thing I miss is a trip computer.

    I reckon 32-34mpg mixed driving. Motorways are very comfortable in this car. Sixth gear keeps the revs down, but at the same time the low ratio first and second mean the turbo soon spins up.

    Bad points? Well, the turning circle is very poor, and makes you look very clumsy when trying to do a 180!

    Perhaps the car is a little understated in the boy-racer scheme of things. I shouldn't complain, that's one of the reasons I bought it. But Seat have bolstered up the later models with hex-wire grills and bigger skirts.

    And what is the point of a multi CD player? A single disc would be so much easier... Still I'm picking faults now.

    Oh, and Seat customer care...? Well, they don't seem to!

    Just make sure you get one with a FSH. Servicing isn't that expensive, so no service history shows neglect.

  • 1.8 T 20v Cupra 5dr

    MAXINE LEE , S.YORKS . Date: 11/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    It drives like a dream and always has the power to accelerate more, even in 6th gear. It's a thrill to drive around town or on the motorway.

    It can be quite thirsty though and look around for a low mileage with service history as they could have been abused by other owners and it may be expensive to replace parts.

    The equipment and the vinyl dash leave room for improvement but the car's performance makes up for this. I would recommend anyone to at least give it a test drive before considering buying a similar car, you could well be suprised.

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