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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

    Steve Milsom Date: 15/02/2006
    • 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

    Having come from owning three Audi A4s, this car is a revelation.

    What I can't get over is how much better the car is than its Golf and A3 counterparts. We have a 2.0TDi A3 Sportback and Golf five-door in our family, and we all agree this Leon is the better car.

    It looks better, drives better (thanks to its lighter weight), is crammed full of equipment that the other cars can't have because of huge trim variations - and best of all, it's a hell of a lot cheaper.

    I went away from Audi because they have become poor value for money and the dealers are also extremely arrogant to private buyers with under £30,000 to spend. I also am not a fan of their styling direction, either. The Golf was never an option because it is bland.

    But the Seat? Well, it is writing its own rules, I love the inverted snobbery and the feeling that most owners know they are driving an absolute bargain.

    I worry about residual values - but then I never got good residuals on my Audis and at least I haven't had such a huge outlay.

    My only other gripe is the fuel economy - I can't better 45mpg and I've tried all sorts of techniques. However, an enthusiatic North York Moors jaunt still delivers 38mpg and a hell of a grin on my face.

    I love the fact that I can afford an Audi but choose not to - and the looks I get from Golf drivers is priceless. My advice is buy with confidence - it's a cracking car!

  • 1.6 Reference 5dr

    Lee Buchanan , Tyne & Wear . Date: 08/02/2006
    • Overall 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having taken delivery of this vehicle last Friday, I have been very impressed with the overall package offered by the Leon. Upon ordering, I opted for four extras, including alloy wheels (the same as that on the Stylance), metallic paint, front fog lights and MP3 player with steering wheel controls.

    The ride quality and handling are excellent, and although I haven't quite got a handle of running costs, I don't expect them to be astronomical. All in all, it is a very enjoyable, sporty, affordable car that really does punch above its weight.

    As this is the entry model with regard to engine and performance, I have no hesitation in recommending this model to anyone who is looking for something in the mould of those points above - and no doubt the larger engines are even more fun to drive.

  • 1.6 Stylance 5dr

    gareth cook , kent . Date: 31/01/2006
    • 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    What a fantasic car - I have only had it a week, but it is quick and well equipped. I used to have a Peugeot 307 and it blows the socks off that.

    I test-drove loads of cars, but the Leon came out top for me - the price and the level of equipment on the car, including Bluetooth, cruise control, front fog lights and much more made it a sound buy.

    If you want a five-door car, go and have a drive of this car. You won't be disappointed.

  • 2.0 TDI Sport DSG 5dr

    Niall Riley , Staffs . Date: 19/01/2006
    • 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

    In my previous job I had an Audi A3 2.0 TDI Sport with DSG as a company car. I have changed jobs and I have opted out of the company car scheme.

    To find something as enjoyable as the Audi which had a diesel engine with an auto box I did not have to look far - just round the corner, in fact, to the Seat Dealer. I did consider the Skoda Octavia and the Golf, but chose the Leon for its style and looks. My kids threatened to disown me if I had a Skoda and the Golf was too expensive! The Leon interior may not be quite as smart, but the saving of £7000 over my previous car more than makes up for it.

    The car is very comfortable, fast, frugal and a pleasure to drive. I am also a definite DSG gearbox fan. I would recommend the Leon to anyone who enjoys driving.

Seat Leon Hatchback

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