What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For It's cheaper, better looking and better to drive than the Volkswagen Golf it's based on

Against Rear accommodation is cramped and the low-speed ride is on the firm side

Verdict Better than Golf it’s based on, the Leon is a fine alternative to mainstream small family cars

Go for… 1.6-litre S

Avoid… 1.8-litre

Seat Leon Hatchback
  • 1. It’s spacious up front, but the rear is not so good, with head- and legroom cramped compared with the Ford Focus
  • 2. The biggest problem area is the electrics. Electronic control units on the 110 TDi diesels are prone to fail
  • 3. Check that the cambelt has been changed according to schedule
  • 4. Go for a 1.6 model rather than the 1.4 - it always had air-con as standard
  • 5. Ensure there are no leaks in the footwell - a known Leon problem
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