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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 Reference Sport 5dr

    Scott Stewart Date: 08/06/2008
    • 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 bought this car second hand (£11499 with 9100 miles) in December and have done around 5000 miles.

    I can honestly say that everytime I drive this car, I smile. Torque, power, speed, its all there and it just wants to go!

    I get aroung 40-45 mpg so its pretty economical with the rising fuel costs.

    This car is a head turner! Much better looking than the VW Golf and Skoda Fabia VRS.

    The cabin is plain but functional and I have installed the leather arm rest for extra comfort. The seats wrap around you which is handy because the ride can be fairly uncomfortable on some of the roads around where I live due to the stiff sports suspension. The gear box is smooth and the engine response is immense though there is a little bit of turbo lag in second gear. Im over 6 feet tall and can comfortably fit in the driver seat with passengers in the rear. The boot is huge as well. The sound system is enough to make your ears bleed and the CD player can play MP3's. The MP3 aux port is concealed in the armrest.

    Overall a fantastic vehicle and I guarantee that you wont be dissappointed!

  • 2.0 TDI FR 5dr

    Tony Howitt , Lincs . Date: 08/05/2008
    • 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

    The 2.0 diesel pumps out awesome power, and the car handles very sharply. It also looks stunning too. The Leon is an attractive car, but in FR and Cupra mode it becomes a head turner. The FR simply does not bat an eyelid when you ask it to corner at speed, but as a result of the superb handling, the ride does become irritatingly harsh on uneven surfaces. Road noise can also be an issue on certain surfaces as well.

    I have had a couple of repairs completed under warranty. The first was when the soot warning light came on and the local dealer discovered that there was a fault in the actual emissions management system, and a few days later they replaced the DPF sensor and pipes with no cost to me. The second was an irritating humming noise when I pulled off or moved slowly in traffic. It took my local garage several attempts to find out what this was, but it turned out to be the diff seal. I understand this is a common problem on the FR, because of the additional power the 170bhp engine produces.

    Other than that, its been pretty good value. I did expect better than 40mpg on average, and servicing every 10k is annoying. With 26k on the clock in under a year, it still hasn’t required any new tyres either. This car is definitely fun to drive and to own.

    The back seat does not fold flat, and there is no centre rear armrest of ski hatch which are both missed, but its comfortable and surprisingly roomy too. Great value compared to the Golf I nearly bought…

  • 2.0 TFSI 200 FR 5dr

    Ian Roke Date: 07/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I've had this car for about 6 weeks now, so initial thoughts only! I've got the DSG gear box, and must say it's great Makes driving to work so easy, and flicking through the gears is great fun. It's a fantastic looking car, both interior and exterior. Love the seats and the big chunky steering wheel. The engine is fantastic, the power band is the widest I've ever known, but with fuel prices rising it is a bit of a headache Currently averaging 28.9 MPG. For a heavy car (1400kg) it handles pretty well, but if your too gentle with it it will understeer quite significantly, you have to throw it into a corner to get the most out of it,and that can be scary! The nice thing is, to most people it's an unknown quantity. Until you put your foot down that is!!!

  • 2.0 TFSI 200 FR 5dr

    Robin Middleton , Berks . Date: 29/04/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Leon FR is a good quick car. It's well equipped compared with the VW Golf and Audi A3 variants, and goes very well.

    The seats are good, but the cloth doesn't have a great feel. The car looks good and I wish I'd gone for yellow, although black is good.

    Fuel economy is not great, though - I'm getting 32mpg, but am sometimes driving very conservatively to get this. I wish I'd gone for the diesel!

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