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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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126 reader reviews for Seat Leon Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TFSI Sport 5dr

    Carl Streatfield , Berks . Date: 19/06/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought my TFSI after testing a number of other cars and the Leon has to be the most fun to drive of the lot. The interior is very good quality and the brochure doesn't do it justice, where the console looks rather cheap and shiny, whereas in real life it's fine.

    The TFSI engine is very impressive: it's very torquey, very quick, and quite refined. The steering is great, along with the sharp cornering, and the interior is bigger than it looks, having swallowed a kitchen table and chairs with the seats down.

    However there is a 'but' and it's a big one. Make sure you're happy with the hard ride before you buy one. I thought I was, but it's beginning to grate on me now.

    You can forgive it on the back roads when you're having a spirited drive, or at slow speeds, but on the motorway it simply bounces over bumps rather than soaks them up. On a long drive this gets very tiring, to the extent that my wife now would rather take her car than mine on a long trip, and I can't say I blame her...

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    gareth parry Date: 20/05/2006
    • 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

    My car

    This this an excellent car. It looks great, goes very well and feels very assured on the road.

    For me, it was a toss-up between the new Honda Civic diesel and the Leon, but I think I made the right choice. There are far fewer Leons than Civics on the road, certainly in the north-west, which adds to that special feeling whilst driving it - I get loads of admiring looks.

    My only slight gripe would the impaired front visibility and lack of storage space. It's still early days, but overall this is a very fine car. When you take into account the price, strong residue value, great styling and performance, then I am sure that only badge snobbery stops it from selling in greater numbers.

  • 2.0 TDI Reference Sport 5dr

    Justin Hancock , Dorset . Date: 12/05/2006
    • 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

    I bought the car just under 2 months ago and am extremely pleased with it. It drives well, looks fantastic and is pretty frugal on the juice front. I upgraded the stereo to the 8 speaker version with Mp3 support and steering controls a very worthwhile upgrade as it sounds very good.

    My only gripe is with the cost of fitting a tow bar a SEAT original with fitting is £350!! This is extortion compared with any other tow bar fitted for a £190 or less.

    The What Car issue on front visibility when exiting a junction is a fair point however doesn't detract from what is a fabulous car.

    It looks brilliant, is comfortable to drive and has the admiration and envy in some cases of friends. The engine has plenty of welly for when you need making driving a pleasure

  • 2.0 TFSI Sport 5dr

    john elgy Date: 10/05/2006
    • 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

    My car

    This is a very good car to drive. The engine is smooth and willing and the quality of the finish is very good. The sports seats are vey comfortable. The car is very quiet and easy to drive long distances.

    A minor downside is that the fuel consumption is a bit heavy at about 28mpg overall and ideally requires premium unleaded. Overall, though, it's a very nice car.

    I cannot help wondering why the car is so tall. I am average height (1.75m) yet have over 20cm of head room. Are top hats about to come back into fashion?

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