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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.
  • 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

  • 2.0 TFSI 200 FR 5dr

    Nick Wizard Date: 16/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      28.9

    My car

    I moved from an Ibiza TDI Cupra to the Leon TSI FR with the DSG box last November and have loved Seat's offering both times. Seat are a lot less common on the road than VW Golf and Audi A3's (especially in West London) and are a great car to look at and drive.

    I have the DSG box and it makes driving in traffic so easy, yet flick into paddle shift and it feels like a coiled spring ready to shoot off down the road! One criticism, i'm not mad keen on the DSG sport setting as when braking it seems to lurch forward when changing down giving the sense that you are accelerating with the change down. I have only really used a few times and found the simple solution is to paddles (the engine changes down when the rev's get too low anyway) The delivery of power is very refined and it pulls all the way through the rev range. The suspension is firm and on some poorer back roads this means it can be a bit jolty, but it's something I was happy to live with rather than have something akin to a sofa that leans throught the bends!

    Inside the car is very nice place to be. Yes Plastic's are a little cheaper looking but you have to be inspecting it in detail to really notice this (the door pockets are the most noticable area for this), but this aside a great steering wheel and driver position, loads of space in the rear and the boot.

    All in all I'd highly recommend to anyone as this is German engineerng with some Spanish flair.

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