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 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.

  • 1.9 TDI Stylance 5dr

    James Dachtler , Kent . Date: 06/04/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 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
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    I purchased the Leon from new in 2007. The car is good to drive, although engine and road noise are worse than other cars in the class. Road handling is very good, although there is a tendency to understeer. The diesel engine returns a good 50 mpg, although this has been bettered by newer engine versions. The interior is dull, yet the equipment that came with the car was much better than either a Ford or Vauxhall for a similar price.

    Shortly after purchase I had a few minor problems with the car that required fixing under warranty. These included: rear wiper stopped working, rear light aspect not being watertight, climate control not working (no heat being produced). The major issue however occurred 55 days out of warranty. The instrument cluster (multi function display and all the dials) stopped working, which prevented the car from starting. The unit was replaced costing £916. SEAT stated that for the age and mileage of the car (3 years and 55 days and 39,500 miles) that this was a reasonable fault but would pay for 50% of the repair. The replacement unit also appears to have a fault with the display, which I am struggling to get SEAT to examine fully. To surmise, even though the Leon is a decent car, the serious fault with the instrument cluster and it's costly replacement so soon after the end of the warranty period, despite low mileage and a full service history, has left me very disappointed and I cannot recommend or endorse the build quality of the SEAT product.

  • 2.0 TFSI Sport 5dr

    david timms , wilts . Date: 22/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      26

    My car

    Is it reasonable to expect to replace a regularly serviced engine after four and a half years and 20,000 miles? This is what happened after the oil pump seized shattering it's drive chain, jamming the cam belt and bending the camshaft. Parts were so expensive that it was more economical to fit a new engine at a cost of about £4,000 ! So, VW, Audi, SEAT and Skoda drivers of models which use the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine beware ! SEAT UK's response: 'As stated in my previous emails, SEAT UK apologises that the engine in your vehicle needs replacing and for any inconvenience caused as a result of this. SEAT UK investigates every case separately and we use this information to decide if any good will gesture can be offered towards a repair. We do have specific guidelines in place when look at the possibility of a good will gesture and the vehicle age is one of the main parameters we look at. As your vehicle is over five years old, it falls outside these parameters and therefore SEAT UK can not offer a good will gesture towards the repair costs. Again I apologise if this is not the answer you were hoping for. This is however, SEAT UK's final decision regarding this issue and any further correspondence regarding this matter will be added to the case notes but not responded to.'

  • 2.0 TFSI 200 FR 5dr

    Ian Moore , Surrey . Date: 17/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    I have not had this car long. I picked up from the dealership the week before Christmas so it has gone through some of the worst winter weather for a long time. Consequently I have not had the joy of trying out the handling to its full potential but on ice and snow covered roads, it has felt very sure footed. I'm not sure about the cabin looks or materials quality but the equipment levels are superb, especially for the price. I have found the bluetooth phone excellent in use despite initial pairing difficulties. there is no doubt that this is the hardest sprung car I have ever owned, especially on our appalling roads, but on those rare occassions that you find a smooth bit of tarmac, it is great fun. fortunately the seats are very comfortable and the gearbox is excellent. Good motorway cruiser too. I haven't quite matched the 40+ mpg of another reviewer below but it is creeping up slowly as the engine beds in. The only gripe I have so far is the exttremely thin paint. The technology that can apply paint this thinly is truly amazing. Having a black one doesn't help and with the amount of grit laying on the roads at the moment, its riddled with stone chips. This is my first Seat and I hope the pleasure of ownership lasts. Recommend it

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