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...

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What Car? team
26 September 2018

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.

Read our review of the all-new Seat Leon

 

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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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