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.
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!
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.
V.good value for money & more character/style than golf relative (thanks to ex alfa stylist!).
Spirited performance for a diesel with good economy although euroIV PD engine more thirsty than earlier model euro III.
Overall v.good handling (it should be with ride this hard!) but rather dead steering takes some getting used to.
Seats are rather firm for some, but for me stop back ache on long journeys.
Bad points; Hard plastic trim under steering column (ouch watch those knees).
Cannot reverse safely on unlit road...reversing light bright as a candle!
Overall would recommend 2.0TDI Sport if like me you want a company car of good value capable of some entertainment.
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