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New Seat Leon vs Vauxhall Astra

No longer is diesel the de facto option – both the Leon and Astra are available with efficient petrol engines, but which one is the best family hatchback?

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Seat Leon vs Vauxhall Astra

Our verdict

Those in the market for a petrol family hatchback have two fine options here and the result of this test is agonisingly close. The Astra's superior performance, greater rear space and more generous kit list will be huge draws, as will its standard AEB and better smartphone connectivity.

But the Leon is the more rounded car. Its engine is smaller, but never feels short of breath, while its interior space is more than adequate. Add in a better ride and handling and cheaper running costs, and it just wins.

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1st – Seat Leon

For More comfortable ride; better handling; cheaper to run

Against Drab interior; less standard safety kit; less room in the back seats

Verdict One of the very best family cars – particularly if space isn’t a priority

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Vauxhall Astra

For Better performance; more rear leg room; more standard kit

Against More expensive to buy and own; nervous steering; firmer ride

Verdict A fine family hatch only let down here by its higher running bills

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Seat Leon 1.0 TSI 115 Ecomotive SE Technology

Engine size 1.0-litre petrol, turbo

List price Β£19,095

Target Price Β£16,667

Power 113bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 148lb ft @ 2000rpm

0-60mph 10.2sec

Top speed 123mph

Gov't fuel economy 64.2mpg

CO2 emissions 102g/km


Specifications: Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Turbo 150 SRi

Engine size 1.4-litre petrol, turbo

List price Β£19,515

Target Price Β£17,920

Power 148bhp @ 5000rpm

Torque 181lb ft @ 2000rpm

0-60mph 8.4sec

Top speed 134mph

Gov't fuel economy 51.4mpg

CO2 emissions 128g/km

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