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Ford Focus Black Edition vs Seat Leon FR

It's certainly eye-catching, but Ford's warm Focus will also need to be convincing on the road if it's to beat the Seat Leon

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Ford Focus Black Edition and Seat Leon FR

Our verdict

It’s worth mentioning that we would recommend the cheaper (and just as fun) lower-powered versions of these cars – the Focus 1.5 150 Zetec S and Seat Leon 1.4 TSI 150 FR – over both of these versions. However, if you want a bit more oomph the Seat is the better buy.

Sure, the Focus has exemplary handling, but the Leon is more fun thanks to its swifter acceleration and natural-feeling steering. It’s also roomier, cheaper to buy, better equipped and safer, so in the end it wins relatively easily.

1st - Seat Leon 1.8 TSI 180 FR

For Strong performance; fun yet easy to drive; attractive finance costs

Against Bland-looking interior; gearshift isn’t quite as slick as the Focus

Verdict A great all-rounder, although the 1.4 150 FR is an even better buy

Read the full Seat Leon review

2nd - Ford Focus 1.5 Ecoboost 182 Zetec S Black Edition

For Involving handling; fair ride comfort; excellent refinement

Against Lacklustre acceleration; higher list price; not as spacious

Verdict Fun, but one of the least recommendable Focus editions

Read the full Ford Focus review

Specifications: Ford Focus 1.5 Ecoboost

Engine size 1.5-litre petrol, turbo

Price from Β£22,770 (list)

Power 180bhp

Torque 177lb ft

0-60mph 9.3 seconds

Top speed 138mph

Fuel economy 39.6mpg (True MPG)

CO2 127g/km

Specificaions: Seat Leon 1.8 TSI

Engine size 1.8-litre petrol, turbo

Price from Β£21,565 (list)

Power 178bhp

Torque 184lb ft

0-62mph 7.9 seconds

Top speed 140mph

Fuel economy 37.7mpg (True MPG)

CO2 138g/km

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