Seat Leon vs Vauxhall Astra

We know the new Vauxhall Astra is good in diesel form, but how does the turbocharged petrol version compare with Seat's stylish Leon?

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Seat Leon and Vauxhall Astra

Our verdict

These are two very closely matched, great-value family hatchbacks. If you’re keen on having the latest driver aids, or consider practicality a priority, the surefooted and comfortable Vauxhall Astra is a great choice.

However, the sharp-looking Seat Leon is more satisfying to drive, has the better driving position and offers slightly better PCP finance deals and fuel economy. Things are rarely this close, even in this hard-fought class, but the Leon wins by only the smallest of margins.

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1st – Seat Leon

For Sharp handling; great driving position; punchy and quiet engine

Against Drab-looking dashboard; slightly firm low-speed ride

Verdict Lovely to drive, easy to live with and great value for money

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Vauxhall Astra

For Agile; masses of safety and infotainment kit; classy-feeling interior

Against Steering and brake feel disappoint; firm low-speed ride

Verdict Only just loses out to its Spanish rival

Rated 4 out of 5

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Seat Leon 1.4 EcoTSI 150 FR

Engine size 1.4-litre turbo petrol

List price Β£20,525

Target Price Β£18,025

Power 148bhp @ 5000-6000rpm

Torque 184lb ft @ 1500-3500rpm

0-60mph 8.2sec

Top speed 134mph

Gov't fuel economy 60.1mpg

True MPG 43.1mpg

CO2 emissions 110g/km

Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Turbo 150 SRi Nav

Engine size 1.4-litre turbo petrol

List price Β£20,215

Target Price Β£18,321

Power 148bhp @ 5000-5600rpm

Torque 180lb ft

0-60mph 8.1sec

Top speed 134mph

Gov't fuel economy 51.4mpg

True MPG 38.4mpg

CO2 emissions 128g/km

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