We use cookies on whatcar.com to improve your browsing experience and to provide you with relevant content and advertising, by continuing to use our site you agree to this. Please see our privacy policy for more details. Continue

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

Own or drive this car?

Submit your own review here
125 reader reviews for Seat Leon Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Lee Sullivan , Berkshire . Date: 10/04/2006
    • 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 was looking for a new company car and someone suggested the Seat as an alternative to the Audi A3 Sportsback that I was considering. I was keen to see how this compared to the Audi.

    My first impressions were very good - it has a nice driving position, a good ride and sounds quieter than the Audi I had a drive in. The Audi had a better quality interior, though.

    My only dislikes are the general colour of the interior, particularly on the Sports version (red), and the way the colour of the paintwork is seen on the inside when the doors are closed.

    I looked forward to getting the DSG option and then found out that Seat do not fit the paddles to the steering column the same as Audi do. They don't fit them at all, apparently. Oh well, the six-speed gearbox was smooth enough.

    Overall, it's a very nice car, which has a competetive price and whose general build quality is very good. Now I just have to choose a colour!

  • 2.0 TDI Reference Sport 5dr

    Paul Watts , CARMS . Date: 08/04/2006
    • 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

    My car

    I was looking for a new car and test drove many different makes and models over the last six weeks, such as the Honda Civic 2.2 diesel, Volkswagen Golf GT TDi, Toyota Corolla 2.0 TDi, and Vauxhall Astra 2.0 Sport.

    I have had the 2.0-litre TDi Seat Leon Reference Sport now for three weeks now and having only done 600 miles - wow, what a car. For the price, compared to the other makes I test drove, this outstanding car represents brilliant value for money.

    I would advise anyone looking for a sporty car to test drive one of these. It will speak for itself. Its' a Volkswagen engine, so why pay £3000 more for the same engine in a Volkswagen? I feel that this car has better performance compared to the VW Golf, and xcellent fuel consumption.

    Just looking at the car styling makes me proud to own one. I can highly recommend this sporty model.

  • 2.0 TFSI Sport 5dr

    Paul Stonestreet , Kent . Date: 07/04/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After driving a Leon 1.8 SE for a few years (and enjoying it) I upgraded to the new TFSi. This car is in a different league! It's exciting to drive, has great character (I love the exhaust note under acceleration), but most of all I think the MkV Golf platform is a big success and the Leon is by far the best looking car in the VAG group on this platform.

    The Golf is bland in the extreme (even the GTi), the five-door A3 looks downright ugly, and the Skoda is anonymous. Personally, I'm a fan of the interior as well (although some feel this is the Leon's weak point) - it's simple and effective. I like the wrap around feel of the dashboard and the backlit white instruments look great, too - very clean and clear.

    Initially, I did find the 2.0 TFSI heavy on fuel, but now that it's run in, this seems to be improving. I typically get 28-35 mpg average on motorway driving, depending on how fast I drive.

    Overall, the the choice of the Leon was a no brainer - it's much better value for money than the Golf or Audi. Compared head-to-head with the GTI, the 2.0TFSI has 93% of the power, 96% of the torque at around 75% of the purchase price, and is three insurance groups lower!

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Ian Kemp , Kent . Date: 29/03/2006
    • 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

    My car

    I'm just three weeks into running this little gem, and I love it.

    My previous car was the fuel-guzzling Mazda RX-8 231, so the change in style was quite dramatic!

    I opted for the 2.0 TDI Sport in Black magic with 17-inch rims and the standard six-speed manual gearbox. The performance does not disappoint. The firm Sports suspension set-up is excellent, and although the handling isn't quite a match for the Mazda, it is still very reassuring on cornering. The sports seats offer excellent support and comfort on long journeys.

    The factory fitted CD/radio has very good sound (with decent base and mid-range). All the controls are easy to use - there is no fumbling around trying to find the correct switch. Although I find the interior a little bland, it is solid and put together well.

    The gearbox is slick, and the engine provides responsive acceleration and excellent torque. Steering is maybe a little light for my liking, but it's easy and quick to get used to.

    On a daily combined urban journey of 90 miles I am managing 46–50 mpg - pretty good, I would say.

    After seriously considering the Audi A3 TDI and VW Golf TDI, I know I made the right choice. The Leon does attract admiring glances with its sleek lines and sporty appearance. I have no regrets.

Seat Leon Hatchback

Continue to prices, equipment and options »

What Car? buying help and car info

Order a brochure, find your nearest dealer or book a test drive

Haymarket Logo What Car? is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media
What Car? is part of Haymarket Motoring
© Haymarket Media Group 2014