Used Seat Leon vs Vauxhall Astra

Those looking for a good family hatchback are spoilt for choice here, with the excellent Seat Leon taking on the Vauxhall Astra. But which one makes more sense as a used purchase? Read on to find...

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4 Jul 2017 08:46 | Last updated: 12 Jul 2018 12:19

Our Verdict

These are two very closely matched, great-value family hatchbacks. If you’re keen on having the most up-to-date driver aids, or consider practicality a priority, the surefooted and comfortable Astra is a great choice.However, the sharp-looking Seat is more satisfying to drive, has the better driving position and offers slightly lower running costs.

When we first tested these two cars, back in 2016, we gave victory to the Seat by the smallest of margins, and, despite the passage of time, our opinion hasn’t changed. Things are rarely this closely matched, even in this hard-fought class, but if you don’t begrudge the extra £1000 it might cost you it’s the Seat that gets our vote. Just.

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1st – Seat Leon

Used Seat Leon vs Vauxhall Astra

For Sharp handling; Great driving position; punchy and refined engine

Against Drab dash; 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

Used Seat Leon vs Vauxhall Astra

For Agile; masses of safety kit; classy feeling dash

Against Firm low-speed ride; steering and brakes a bit soft

Verdict A great used car that only just loses out to the Leon

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Seat Leon 1.4 Eco TSI 150 FR

Engine size 1.4-litre petrol

List price when new £20,525

Price today £12,800

Power 148bhp

Torque 184lb ft

0-60mph 8.2sec

Top speed 134mph

Fuel economy 60.1mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 110g/km


Specifications: Vauxhall Astra 1.4T 150 SRi Nav

Engine size 1.4-litre petrol

List price when new £19,595

Price today £11,800

Power 148bhp

Torque 180lb ft

0-60mph 8.1sec

Top speed 134mph

Fuel economy 51.4mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 128g/km


Price today is based on a 2016 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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