What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Gorgeous shape, fun to drive, relatively cheap to run

Against The Leon feels cheap inside, and room in the rear and boot could be more generous

Verdict It's built to a budget, but the Leon is a safe and pleasing family car

Go for… 2.0-litre diesel

Avoid… 2.0-litre petrol

Seat Leon Hatchback
  • 1. Visibility isn’t great because of the thick, sweeping windscreen pillars
  • 2. All models get electronic traction control and front, side and curtain airbags
  • 3. With a petrol engine, check it isn't noisy when it starts up, because they should idle quietly
  • 4. On FR versions, watch out for an abused gearbox and slipping clutch
  • 5. The boot isn’t as big as the Volkswagen Golf’s or a Ford Focus’s, nor is the opening as practical
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