Nice looking car but don't be fooled. I have a Leon FR 11 mothes old which has been in the dealership for 7 weeks with endless problems. I have had to have a new petrol tank, shock absorbers, stricker plate, a vent in the rear bumper and antiroll bars to try and resolve a problem which occured in the suspension. The dealership also fitted new door hinges and damaged the front wing while fitting. Seat UK have been of no assistance what so ever, so i would strongly advise to reconsider before purchasing one.
I have had this car in pearlescent black (wish I had got candy white) for 6 months and driven almost 12K miles mainly motorway driving. Car is responsive and lovely to drive. I have the 18 inch alloys and blue tooth (sometimes difficult to hear callers). Ride is firm and on some smaller roads around town you do feel every bump and hole. Only minor criticism is side vision can be awkward because of A pillar and sometimes get a little rattle from passenger seat belt clip on the side pillar. This is my first Seat and I am really pleased. Mileage wise I am getting 47 to 48 to the gallon. Not bad at all.
I have had my FR TDI for nearly 2 years on a 56 plate and still love evey minute driving it. I've clocked up nearly 52k miles and find the car both great on long motorway journies and also short stints on A and B roads alike... if I drive with fuel in mind I have had over 48mpg and it gets better with age. The review below must a bmw sales guys and failed to mention that bmw's have lots of things that can wrong that cost far more to fix. I have had excellent service from my Seat dealership and any problems fixed quickly. I would recommend this car to anyone, its a greta practical family car as well and my son loves it.
I bought a new Altea 1.9tdi last year. Liked the car but could not live with the row from the engine so chopped it in for a Honda Accord 2.0 SE petrol after 6 months and 11,000 miles. Honda was good car both comfortable and refined but lacking somewhat in the character stakes. A chance visit past the SEAT dealers a couple of months ago revealed that the Leon was available with the new well received 1.4 TSI engine and a test drive convinced me to move back to SEAT especially as the dealer gave me a great price on the Accord and 9.5% off the Leon, they also threw in a set of mats and mud flaps and a full interior and exterior Autoglym package aswell. Two month and 5000 miles later the car just gets better and better. MPG has come up from 36 to 39 as it loosens up. This is a fantastic engine and suits the car well, pulls hard from just above tick over with no flat spots or lag. Handling is generally good and the ride is better than the Altea. I will change out the tyres for something better when needed as the Pirelli P6 tyres fitted oddly seem to grip better in the wet than the dry!!!! By that I mean they inspire a lot of confidence in the wet but seem to under-steer prematurely in the dry. The standard Bridgestones on the Altea where much better. A little disappointed with the interior as it does not feel up to the same standard as the Altea. Sports seats seem cheaper, no lidded armrest etc etc.I look forward to settling down with this car for a while.
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