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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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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125 reader reviews for Seat Leon Hatchback.
  • 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.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Paul Tasker , West Yorks . Date: 13/06/2011
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    Got this 1 year old for £6000 below list price, something of a bargain. I'm very impressed so far. Performance from the 2.0tdi is strong with ample power in reserve for overtaking. This engine has now been replaced with a newer common rail unit to improve economy and refinement. The older engine in my car however is silent at a cruise, a little noisy in 1st couple of gears and at idle but not that irritating. Handling is superb, the car just grips round bends and steering feel is good with non of the over self centering that affects other cars with electric setups. The downside of this is on rough roads the ride can be a bit jiggly but it is pretty well damped and considerably better than pre facelift leons. Was improved in the 2009 update. Settles nicely on a cruise, and standard cruise control is suprisingly useful. The new interior is smarter too, and whilst it misses out on the golfs soft touch plastics it feels solid enough. Its fairly practical although it would be better if the split fold was the other way round. Something I suspect that never got changed in LHD to RHD conversion. Overall I'm very impressed so far. I needed something more comfortable than my mito but still sporty and this fits the bill nicely.

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