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Used test: Seat Leon vs Skoda Octavia verdict

At two years old, these class-leading family cars are around £5000 cheaper than if you were to buy them new. Should you go with the Seat Leon or Skoda Octavia, though? We have the answer...

Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia fronts

Our verdict

Remember when we said that the Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia are similar cars and similarly great? Well, you can now see that reflected in our star ratings, both of which are five out of five. 

However, one family car has to come second, and it's the Octavia. We love its gutsy yet economical engine and bedsit-sized boot, not to mention its classy, well-built interior. It doesn't balance ride and handling as well as its competitor does, though; the Leon is more enjoyable to drive and roomier for passengers, hence it wins this test. 

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1st – Seat Leon

Seat Leon 2021 front

For Better to drive; more space for people; more standard kit from new
Against Spongy brake pedal; smaller boot 

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia 2021 front

For Classier interior; smooth motorway ride; enormous boot
Against Slightly wallowy handling; noisy suspension

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Seat Leon 1.5 TSI Evo 130 FR

Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol
Power 128bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 148lb ft @ 1400rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 8.8sec
Top speed 130mph
Official economy 50.4mpg
Test economy 46.3mpg
CO2 emissions 126g/km

Specifications: Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI 150 SE Technology

Engine 4cyl, 1498cc, turbo, petrol
Power 148bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 184lb ft @ 1500rpm
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 7.9sec
Top speed 142mph
Official economy 50.4mpg
Test economy 48.5mpg
CO2 emissions 127g/km

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