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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126 reader reviews for Seat Leon Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TDI FR 5dr

    Dominic Shields , Cardiff . Date: 28/03/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      41.5

    My car

    I have a 2010 FR CR 170 Diesel, bought April 2014 from a Seat dealer for £10K. Colour: Silver (Luna Grey), I was fine with this but I must admit that it looks better in colours I previously wasn't keen on such as Black, Red and even White. Performance: My previous car I owned for 12 years was 110 BHP so the power of this car is quite dramatic and a year on I am still being careful to not find myself accidentally going too fast as once the turbo kicks in it seriously shifts. Economy: I use the online fuel calculator Fuelly which is reporting 41.5 MPG for my last 10 tankfuls, as I have mentioned above I don't drive like a maniac but obviously neither do I drive like people who report frankly hard to believe figures, I don't do a lot of motorway miles though. Design: The Leon looks very good from the rear and front, the side view of the front not so much. Equipment: I have never been that bothered by knobs and dials but I can't think of anything I would actually use that it doesn't have, I did however change the fairly no-frills standard Audio/CD/MP3 for a combined sat-nav sound system. Interior: Fine especially the back seats folding down with no messing about, I agree about the A Pillar blindspot everyone mentions. Running Costs: I just had the Camshaft belt and water pump changed at the Seat dealer for £498, they have quoted a fixed price £259 for the front discs and pads that need doing. Excellent car.

  • 2.0 TFSI Sport 5dr

    adrian jenkins , tyne & wear . Date: 05/07/2014
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      31

    My car

    Has the same engine/dsg gearbox as golf gti. Infotainment system same as Audi, as are the wheel mounted steering controls & nearly everything you can see belongs to other VW/Audis. But you pay less. A lot less and get more for your money......

    I have owned this car for 1 year & no problems, performance great, spec great-parking sensors dab radio sat nav & DSG box fantantastic, 32 mpg, if you cane it it gets a lot less mind but hey thats the price you pay!

    As you can probably tell i am impressed, only thing i can grip at is it uses more oil than any other car i have owned! And it blinking expensive oil!

    Serving is 20k or 2 years, better then my last car-Vauxhall Zafira & road tax is the same!

  • 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr

    Paul Tasker , West Yorks . Date: 01/09/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
    • Average MPG
      52

    My car

    The 1.6tdi is considerably less economical than what is claimed (74mpg). There is no way you can do this if you exceed 40mph on a motorway and stop at red lights. Still gets 4 for running costs because 52mpg is still a decent return and it is possible to get over 60mpg if you drive like miss daisy. Chances are you won't though because the 1.6 diesel leon is fun to drive. Well weighted controls and sharp handling mean it is fun round the twisty bits and the engine provides reasonable acceleration revving freely to the red-line. Do this too often though and your economy will quickly drop to the mid 40's! Better to use the torque and change up earlier. Long gearing takes some getting used to but the longer first means you're quicker away from the mark as don't need to grab 2nd. I'd agree that some of the interior plastics are a little dated and build quality is down on the golf and new focus. Don't think I'd buy this car new but it is good value 2nd hand. <10k from a 2 year old example. One thing to note is by picking the 1.6 or 1.2tsi engines you get 16 inch alloys and no sports suspension. Makes for a much comfier ride than the higher powered versions. This was the main reason to swap from a 2.0tdi sport. Softer seats also help. So in lower powered versions you get great handling and a decent ride. The 1.6 diesel is also quite light and feels less nose heavy in tight turns than the 2.0. So overall I prefer it. Try the exact model before buying.

  • 2.0 TSI 211 FR+ 5dr

    Jeremy Green , England . Date: 21/06/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      36

    My car

    We have just done the opposite to most people and gone from an FR TDi to an FR TSi simply due to an excellent deal saving us 4.5K on a new one. Also that our annual mileage is low and quite a few short journeys which do not suit a DPF equipped TDi.

    The FR TSi is a nicer car to drive than the TDi overall the lighter steering and clutch and slicker gear change make it an easier car to drive. The weight loss over the front wheels does transpire into quicker turn in and under steer later on a twisty B road. The engine is also less laggy than the diesel FR. Much more torque and go lower down along with a more responsive throttle ideal for stop/start and slow speed traffic. Once up and running performance is very similar between the TDi and TSi both are excellent cruisers but again being petrol the TSi is slightly more refined.

    With an average of 36 mpg so far and can see up to 40mpg on a long motorway run the TSi works out around 2p extra per mile on fuel and is worth on average about £1500 less come trade in. The extra discount we got offsets the extra depreciation. Overall a fun car and the improved and easier to use stereo from the VW Golf GTi/GTD has addressed one weak area. To summarise more fun to drive than the FR TDi but does not make economic sense unless you do low mileage and short journeys.

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