Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s absolutely loads of head room in the front of the Leon Estate, and its seats slide back a long way, too. In fact, we can confidently say that no matter how tall you are, you’ll fit.
You’ll also find an array of storage spots dotted around the place. These include a decent-sized glove box and broad door bins, a tray for your mobile phone in front of the gear lever, two cupholders and a cubby under the front armrest.
Of course, if you're willing to spend substantially more money there are more spacious estate cars out there, but the Leon packs a lot of room for the price.
If you’re thinking the swoopy looking Leon is bound to be a less practical choice than a Skoda Octavia Estate, you’re in for a surprise. There isn’t very much in it at all for rear leg or head room, so even if you plan to put tall adults in the back, it’ll do the job absolutely fine.
As in any car of this size, putting three adults in the back is a bit of a squeeze, but the outer rear seats have Isofix mounting for the easy fitting of child seats.
Seat folding and flexibility
The Leon Estate’s rear seats don’t do anything particularly clever, but they do fold in a 60/40 split for those occasions you need extra space for luggage.
There’s also a ski hatch on FR models and above, meaning you can carry two rear passengers in comfort and still slide a long, narrow load through between them.
The Leon’s boot isn’t up there with the real leviathans of the estate car class – namely the Mercedes E-Class and Skoda Superb – but it betters the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports and is almost a match for the Octavia.
Better still, there’s only a small lip at the boot entrance, along with handy pockets at either side of boot that you can use to stop small items from flying around. There’s also a sliding tonneau cover that you can pull across to keep everything covered.
Bear in mind that the forthcoming plug-in hybrid version surrenders quite a bit of boot space to accommodate a big battery.
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