New Skoda Octavia vs Seat Leon: verdict

We’re putting the new Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon under the microscope to see which of them makes the most of their shared DNA...

Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia rears

Our verdict

Well, battles don’t come any more closely fought than this, with both the Leon and Octavia securing our maximum five-star rating. Genuinely, you really can’t go wrong with either of these cars, so even if you’re not a fan of the winner, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

So, in second place is… the Skoda Octavia. We love its gutsy yet economical engine and bedsit-sized boot, not to mention its classy, well-built interior. However, we can’t ignore the significant price and PCP gap between it and the Seat Leon, which strikes a better ride and handling balance. With even more room inside for people and more enjoyable handling for the driver, it takes the win.

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1st – Seat Leon

Seat Leon 2021 front

For Better to drive; more space for people; holds its value better; better equipped; cheaper to buy on PCP finance
Against Spongy brake pedal; you can’t add individual options
Recommended options None

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia 2021 front

For Classier interior; smooth motorway ride; enormous boot; quicker; more economical
Against Slightly wallowy handling; noisy suspension; SE Technology trim only really makes sense for company car drivers Recommended options Metallic paint (£595)

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI 150 SE Technology

Skoda Octavia 2021 boot badge

Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 148bhp @ 5000rpm
Peak torque 184lb ft @ 1500rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 7.9sec
30-70mph 7.3sec
Top speed 142mph
30-0mph 8.7m
70-0mph 47.0m
Noise @ 30mph 61.0dB
Noise @ 70mph 66.9dB
Official economy 50.4mpg
Test economy 48.5mpg
CO2 emissions 127g/km


Specifications: Seat Leon 1.5 TSI Evo 130 FR

Seat Leon 2021 boot badge

Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol
Peak power 128bhp @ 5000rpm
Peak torque 148lb ft @ 1400rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 8.8sec
30-70mph 8.4sec
Top speed 130mph
30-0mph 8.2m
70-0mph 44.2m
Noise @ 30mph 62.1dB
Noise @ 70mph 67.0dB
Official economy 50.4mpg
Test economy 46.3mpg
CO2 emissions 126g/km

Weather conditions Dry


Cars pictured

Seat Leon FR with Magnetic Tech Grey metallic paint (NCO)

Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE Technology with Petrol Blue metallic paint (£595), space-saving spare wheel (£180), driver fatigue sensor (£45) and rear window wiper (NCO)