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 200 FR 5dr

    Nick Wizard Date: 16/02/2009
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      28.9

    My car

    I moved from an Ibiza TDI Cupra to the Leon TSI FR with the DSG box last November and have loved Seat's offering both times. Seat are a lot less common on the road than VW Golf and Audi A3's (especially in West London) and are a great car to look at and drive.

    I have the DSG box and it makes driving in traffic so easy, yet flick into paddle shift and it feels like a coiled spring ready to shoot off down the road! One criticism, i'm not mad keen on the DSG sport setting as when braking it seems to lurch forward when changing down giving the sense that you are accelerating with the change down. I have only really used a few times and found the simple solution is to paddles (the engine changes down when the rev's get too low anyway) The delivery of power is very refined and it pulls all the way through the rev range. The suspension is firm and on some poorer back roads this means it can be a bit jolty, but it's something I was happy to live with rather than have something akin to a sofa that leans throught the bends!

    Inside the car is very nice place to be. Yes Plastic's are a little cheaper looking but you have to be inspecting it in detail to really notice this (the door pockets are the most noticable area for this), but this aside a great steering wheel and driver position, loads of space in the rear and the boot.

    All in all I'd highly recommend to anyone as this is German engineerng with some Spanish flair.

  • 1.9 TDI Reference 5dr

    Ian Davidson , Dorset . Date: 21/01/2009
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      55

    My car

    I've had this car for just over 2 years, putting 50,000 miles on it in the process. It's pretty much done what it says on the tin - it's been economical to run and spacious enough to transport 4. Although it only has the 105 engine, it's got a reasonable amount of shove, even if the power band seems a bit narrow. My miles are mainly motorway, with a 35-mile journey to work, and I've managed at best to achieve 70mpg+ AVERAGE on this journey, worst case scenario of 50mpg average. That's about 700 miles out of a £55 tank of fuel. It's fairly comfortable inside and feels pretty good value for money. My only gripe is that I've had to get quite a bit replaced under warranty by the (helpful and cheerful) dealership - a clutch, rear light cluster, door alarm sensor and windscreen washer jets so far. I won't be keeping it outside the warranty period.

  • 2.0 TFSI 200 FR 5dr

    M Kew , Hampshire . Date: 20/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    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.

  • 2.0 TDI FR 5dr

    Graham Avery , Herts . Date: 20/11/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    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.

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