Used test: Ford Focus vs Seat Leon

Two lightly used family-sized warm hatches from Ford and Seat battle it out, with one emerging victorious as our fast and practical winner. Read on to find out which one it is...

Seat Leon used

Our Verdict

If you want a bit more oomph and a car that embodies more of what we’d seek from a good hot hatch - or even a mild hatch, like these two - 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, better equipped and safer. The only area the Focus has it beaten is in the area of purchase price, where, as a two-year-old car and in this trim, it undercuts the Leon by a significant amount. If you can afford the extra, though, the Leon is the better car, and we think it’s worth it.

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1st – Seat Leon

Seat Leon used

For Strong performance; fun and easy to drive; well equipped

Against Bland interior; gearshift not as slick; costs more than Focus

Verdict Good to drive, and a tremendous all-rounder

5 stars

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2nd – Ford Focus

Ford Focus used

For Neat handling; excellent refinement; good ride comfort

Against Lacklustre acceleration; not as spacious inside; Leon is better equipped

Verdict Fun, and cheap to buy, but not as good to drive as the Leon

4 stars

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Specifications Ford Focus 1.5 Ecoboost 182 Zetec S Black Edition

Engine size 1.5-litre petrol

List price when new £22,520

Price today £12,000

Power 180bhp

Torque 177lb ft

0-60mph 9.3sec

Top speed 138mph

Fuel economy 51.4mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 127g/km

Specifications: Seat Leon 1.8 TSI 180 FR 5dr

Engine size 1.8-litre petrol

List price when new £21,565

Price today £13,000

Power 178bhp

Torque 184lb ft

0-60mph 7.9sec

Top speed 140mph

Fuel economy 47.1mpg (Official average)

CO2 emissions 138g/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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