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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
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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125 reader reviews for Seat Leon Hatchback.
  • 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!

  • 2.0 TDI Sport 5dr

    Guy and Rachel Flintoft Date: 25/04/2008
    • 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

    I've had my Leon as a company car for the past two years and it's been great. I still think it's one of the best looking cars available (exotica aside).

    The 2.0 TDi is a great engine - quick and punchy when you want it to be and smooth and economical the rest of the time.

    No matter what car pulls up to your bumper, they need to be trying if you floor it at cruising speeds.

    Average 44mpg over 30,000 miles isn't bad when there's some spirited driving going on.

    The sport suspension does annoy when you are tired on a bumpy road, but its worth it for the fun you can have when you are in the mood.

    The interior is stylish and not showing any sign of age yet. Seats are very supportive. Equipment is good for the price.

    Boot is big enough for my wife and I to take our son away for a weekend. Week-long trips require some luggage in the back seats.

    All in all, a great warm hatch. More interesting than the Golf it's based on, less chav than an Astra, more fun than a C4 (incidentally, the 5-door Astra an C4 are very frumpy by comparison), less common than a Focus etc etc etc

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