The pricing for the Seat Leon X-Perience has been revealed, ahead of the all-wheel-drive estate's arrival in dealerships this December. It is available to order on September 1.
What is it?
The Seat Leon X-Perience is the top-of-the-range addition to the estate version of the Leon's range. It comes with permanent four-wheel drive and other extras aimed at enhancing the car's off-road ability.
How good are its rivals?
There are few rivals to the all-wheel-drive Leon, with the Skoda Octavia Scout the closest in size and price. Like the Leon, the Scout comes with all-wheel drive and a raised ride height. The altered suspension means that it rides better than the standard Octavia, and its powerful engines mean it is a swift car. It also comes with a high level of standard kit to justify its higher price.
The Insignia has a strong engine, but it is a noisy unit, although it does get plenty of kit and is decent off road. The Passat, meanwhile, is also praised for its off-road ability and is larger in terms of carrying capacity than the Leon and Insignia.
What engines can I choose from?
The Leon X-Perience is offered with only two engines, both 2.0-litre diesels. A 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel is offered with a manual gearbox, and the 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel from the Leon FR is offered with only a DSG automatic gearbox.
The changes to the Leon's ride height and the addition of the all-wheel-drive system have a negative effect on the car's efficiency. The smaller diesel emits 126g/km (up from 106g/km on the ST), while the larger engine emits 133g/km (up from 122g/km).
How much equipment does it come with?
There are two trim levels: SE and SE Technology.
SE brings 17-inch alloy wheels, black roof rails, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, front sports seats, orange stiching on the steering wheel, hill-hold control and a protective plate and the boot lip.
SE Technology gets a 5.8-inch touchscreen, satellite-navigation, DAB digital radio, auto lights and wipers and a self-dimming rear-view mirror. Alcantara upholstery, LED headlights and 18-inch alloys are also included.
Both cars also get increased ground clearance and extra cladding around the door sills and wheelarches.
They also get exterior visual enhancements, including aluminium-look touches on the rear bumper and the front spoiler, which act as skid plates. There are a pair of foglights at the front, while there are a pair of chrome exhaust tailpipes at the rear.
A Lux pack, costing £1250, adds heated leather seats, heated windscreen washer jets and chrome roof rails.
How much will it cost?
The range stats at £24,385 for the SE 2.0 TDI 150. Upgrading to SE Technology takes the price up to £26,370, while the 2.0 TDI 184 with DSG automatic gearbox costs £28,870.
Can I get a discount?
Our Target Price shoppers have found discounts on all versions of the Seat Leon ST, so we'd expect similar savings to be available on the new X-Perience. You can get savings on the higher trim levels of about £1500, and we'd expect similar discounts on this new model.