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...

Ford Focus Black Edition vs 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


Ford Focus Black Edition vs Seat Leon 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


Ford Focus Black Edition vs Seat Leon FR

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 £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 £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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