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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

    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.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    mark swindells Date: 13/03/2006
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    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.

  • 2.0 TFSI Sport 5dr

    Marco Divito Date: 10/03/2006
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a great car - it's quick off the mark and the turbo kicks in really quickly

    After bedding it in, you get an extra purring sound from the engine, which is great. On the downside, it guzzles fuel like nothing else! I got my car last week (02/03/06) - it's now one week later and I have put in a staggering £130 of petrol, and I've only done 500 miles. Even at 70mph in sixth gear, the car gives around 12mpg, which isn't great.

    For those who have the black mesh grill, replace it with wire mesh and you will then be looking at a beast of a car!

    The steering is very light and alert, and the brakes are responsive, too. I can't complain, although I'm using my 28-day get-out clause and opting for the 2.0-litre TDi!

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Anthony Poh Date: 27/02/2006
    • 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

    What a great car to drive!

    Prior to buying my Leon I was looking at the Golf, the A3 and the new Civic. In the end I chose the Leon Sport as the Golf and A3 did not offer value for the money (remove the chassis and they're all the same car).

    The price for a basic model Golf with no options was still almost as expensive as a Leon with options. I haggled with salesman and got about £1500 off the cost of the car, then kitted it out with reverse parking sensors, Bluetooth phone kit (which is brilliant) and a spare wheel.

    There are only a few gripes with the car. There's no power in first gear, I have to shift up to second as soon as possible in order to reach all the power. The fixed cost maintenance is stupendously expensive - I'm paying £1700 for three years (SM&T). My parents pay about £700 for three years for their Toyota Verso, and the new Civic is only just over £500.

    Also, the official car kit looks poo! Occasionally the bluetooth phone kit freezes - this is solved by switching off the ignition and removing the key.

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