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

    Tom Tierney , Fife . Date: 15/04/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    34k on the clock now and STILL no complaints. I still get a buzz from driving it (she's called Carmen by the way) and the only thing she has required is her regular servicing. But enough of the sentimental nonsense - this car excels at everything it is asked to do: it turns heads, it seats 4 comfortably, has a reasonable size boot, returns a very pleasing mpg and catches the eyes of the poor souls in more mundane tin cans that it leaves in it's wake. The hi-fi ain't the greatest but it ain't the poorest either and the wheel mounted controls mitigate slightly in its favour. This is the best car on the road in its segment: nothing else from Peugeot or the rest compares with it at all. Vauxhall/Opel may have the diesel engines to compete with it but they don't have the looks or the handling and the Focus is just as plain to the eye despite getting rave reviews for its styling from the motoring press. Her handling is exceptional - I had to look to ensure that there wasn't a DYSON attached to her underside bcause the roadholding (a product of the HARSH ride?) is on a par with cars which are a lot more expensive! She looks pretty in my drive but she's hot blooded on the motorway!

  • 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!

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