No Leon ST is short of standard equipment. Even the entry-level S models get air-con, a touchscreen infotainment system with 5.0in screen and Bluetooth. However, at the very least we reckon it’s worth stepping up to SE Technology. This brings 16in alloy wheels, cruise control, driver and passenger seat height adjustment, driver’s lumbar adjustment, an 8.0in touchscreen, sat-nav, a DAB radio and a leather steering wheel and gearknob. It also opens the door to various desirable options packs that aren’t even offered on the S edition. Next up, SE Dynamic Technology adds 17in alloys, rear privacy glass and rear parking sensors.
Sporty FR Technology trim is our favourite of all the Leon versions, though. As standard it has LED headlights, power-folding door mirrors, passenger lumbar adjustment, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers and sports seats. You also get bigger 17in alloy wheels and sportier front and rear bumpers outside. FR Titanium trim adds on extra styling enhancements including side skirts and 18in alloys.
Xcellence Technology trim might be tempting if you prefer a slightly less sporty looking car than the FR models. Instead you get a chrome front grille and window surrounds, plus added luxuries including keyless entry.
Cupra models are sporty but also well equipped. Based on the FR Technology trim they add adaptive dampers and a limited slip differential. On the inside a leather sports steering wheel, part-Alcantara sports seats with embossed Cupra logos, alloy pedals and ambient LED lighting are all standard.
Finally, the off-road-style X-Perience models come in two states of trim. SE Technology builds on what’s fitted to the regular ST equivalent, with more luxuries such as passenger lumbar adjustment, rear door blinds, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass, LED headlights, a dual-height boot floor and dual-zone climate control. You also get raised suspension, black roof rails and 18in alloy wheels for that rugged look outside. SE Lux adds sports-style, leather-trimmed, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, along with chrome roof rails.