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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.
  • 1.9 TDI PD Cupra 5dr

    Roberto Casula , Hampshire . Date: 14/04/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Have had a 1.9 TDI Cupra for almost three years. Previously I had driven various Golf GTIs and the Audi A3 1.8T. The Leon is a better overall car than the other two, and costs less. This was my first sporty diesel and I will probably never go back now. The acceleration in the mid-range on the Cupra is unbelievable, the normal diesel lag is almost unnoticable, and the ratios of the six-speed gearbox are tuned to perfection. The only downside for me is that the ride is quite a lot firmer than either the Golf or the A3 even though the handling is about the same. The cabin is on a par with the Golf although the A3 was slightly better in this regard. I've only had one problem with it which is that the A/C compressor has started making a grinding noise, but this is being replaced under warranty. Would recommend this car to anyone. Such a shame that Seat went all peculiar and ruined there entire range by trying to copy the idiotic "shaking that ass" thing on the Megane.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Cupra 5dr

    ROB PEARSON , CLEVELAND . Date: 10/03/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I HAVE OWNED MY LEON FR 150 TDI FOR TWO YEARS AND DONE 22,000 MILES FROM NEW.THE CAR HAS PROVED TO BE A GREAT BUY HAVING NO MECHANICAL PROBLEMS AT ALL,IT IS GREAT TO DRIVE,IS REALLY ECONOMICAL AROUND 45-50 MPG HAS LOADS OF POWER AND WAS A GOOD BUY.THE ONLY PROBLEM HAS BEEN A FAULTY AUTO CHANGER BUT WAS REPLACED BY DEALER UNDER WARRANTY.GOT 20,000 MILES OUT OF FRONT TYRES {PILOT SPORTS }SO NOT BAD.THE SERVICE PRICES FROM SEAT MAIN DEALERS VARY QUITE A BIT,I RANG THREE FOR A 20,000 SERVICE CHEAPEST £189+VAT DEAREST £240+VAT SO IT PAYS TO SHOP AROUND.ALL IN ALL I WOULD RECOMEND THIS MODEL TO ANYONE LOOKING FOR A PERFORMANCE DIESEL,ALSO SEEMS TO HOLD ITS RESALE VALUE QUITE WELL.

  • 1.8 T 20v Cupra R 5dr

    Craig Burton , east yorkshire . Date: 06/03/2007
    • 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

    This has been the first Seat that I have owned, and on reflection, is a very good car. I'm now approaching 4years of ownership from new, with only a couple of minor niggles from 24500 miles of motoring.

    Seat have really got the styling right on this car and it looks stunning, I bought the black one but it looks good in yellow , and it always draws admiring glances even now.

    Using What Cars buying guide I managed to buy car For £15986 on the road, so for the money, I dont think you can do much better.

    Its more relaxed and comfortable inside than a civic type R, although the steering feels a little vague, with lots of torque steer thrown in under hard acceleration.

    This car really flys, and been turbocharged gives good acceleration from 70 mph plus on motorways as well as been a good point and shoot car on tighter roads.The handling is good too although steering feedback could be better,typical of Seat and VW.

    Servicing costs are fairly cheap considering performance, only issue I had was dealership telling me to replace both sets of brake pads and discs after 10000 miles for £470! If you want a car that is good for ferrying the family during week days, and a blast on the weekends this car is for you.

    Shame Seat has now made its range look like a load of people carriers. Come on, fords focus now shares same profile as this Leon, you had it right first time around,why spoil the good work!

  • 1.8 20v SE 5dr

    Alistair Robinson Date: 20/12/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The 20v engine has lots of torque for its capacity and is flexible. It's not the silkiest engine but gets the job done. Considering its power disadvantage from the turbo version, it seems poor that its emissions are so similar.

    Kit levels are excellent - I chose the Leon over a Focus ST170 and Golf GTI. Handling is solid, steering feedback is very good (but not as good as a focus). Grip levels are respectable. Build quality is patchy. Shut lines, paint and overall exterior look is excellent.

    The lower interior panels fit and finish is where it falls down, looking cheap and hard looking. I have also been lucky enough to have the leaking door card problem that plagues so many pre-02 models. However, I must give credit to the dealership I bought it from (W Livingstone) for fixing the leaks for free when it was out of warranty.

    Reading many reviews about Seat dealers, they get a terrible press. Maybe I have found the exception to the rule?

    I am very aware of all the coil pack issues the 1.8 engine has suffered. It seems cheap for Seat to not do a recall on them when sister company VW did.

    Would I buy another Leon? No. In summary, if you want a good all-rounder that offers lots of kit for the money and handles and looks sporty, go for the Leon. Just be aware you are not going to get Japanese levels of reliability or assembly standards.

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