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Used test: Ford Focus Zetec S vs Seat Leon 180 FR verdict

These family cars both dip their toes into hot hatch territory, and both are great value bought used, but which should you choose?...

Used Ford Focus vs Seat Leon

Our Verdict

The Ford Focus lives up to its sporty appearance in the handling department, plus it's comfortable and refined to drive. It's an excellent used buy that won't cost you too much to buy or run.

That said, we believe the slightly higher price of the Seat Leon is justified. It's even more fun to drive, has stronger performance and the steering feels more natural. Combine that with a roomier interior, better equipment and superior safety standards and, in the end, the Leon simply outguns the Focus. It's the one we'd take. 

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1st – Seat Leon

Ford Focus Black Edition vs Seat Leon FR

For Strong performance; fun and easy to drive; well equipped
Against Bland interior; gearshift not as slick; costs more than the Focus

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Ford Focus

Ford Focus Black Edition vs Seat Leon FR

For Neat handling; excellent refinement; good ride comfort
Against Lacklustre acceleration; not as spacious inside; Leon is better equipped

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Ford Focus 1.5 Ecoboost 182 Zetec S Black Edition

Engine size 1.5-litre petrol
Power 180bhp
Torque 177lb ft
0-60mph 9.3sec
Top speed 138mph
Fuel economy 51.4mpg (official NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 127g/km


Specifications: Seat Leon 1.8 TSI 180 FR 5dr

Engine size 1.8-litre petrol
Power 178bhp
Torque 184lb ft
0-60mph 7.9sec
Top speed 140mph
Fuel economy 47.1mpg (0fficial NEDC average)
CO2 emissions 138g/km


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