Seat Leon ST

Seat Leon ST review

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Fancy a What Car? top tip? If you need family transport try a Seat Ateca SUV: it’s ace. It’s our favourite SUV. Ah, but what if you don’t fancy an SUV? What if you want to buck this trend for high-rise cars and go for an old school, low-rise estate instead? No problem: may we present the handsomely styled Seat Leon ST estate.

This is the third generation of the Leon, which has been on sale since 2012. Just like with the hatchback model it was recently refreshed, bringing an updated 1.6-litre diesel engine, a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and extra safety kit. Meanwhile, on the inside it gained a larger infotainment screen, a space-saving electronic handbrake and the option of wireless smartphone charging.

Under its skin the Leon is closely related to in-house VW Group rivals, the Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf. Rivals from outside this circle include the big-selling Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.

The Leon ST offers diversity, too. Not only available as a regular estate, it also comes as a high-performance Cupra 300 model with 296bhp and the rugged-looking X-Perience version – think of this as a halfway house between an estate and an SUV, with its jacked up suspension and four-wheel drive.

Keep reading on and we’ll let you know which engine, trim level and options make for the best buy.

 

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Engines
There are 11 engines available for the Leon estate. Click to see details.See all versions
1.0 TSI Ecomotive
This turbocharged three-cylinder engine may be the smallest available, but it produces...
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto, Manual
0-62 MPH10.1 secs
MPG57.6-64.2
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£16,040
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1.2 TSI
A smooth, punchy four-cylinder petrol that kicks off the range in terms of both power a...
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GearboxManual
0-62 MPH10.1 secs
MPG56.5-57.6
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£16,715
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1.6 TDI
Performance from the least powerful of the Leon’s diesel engines is perfectly acceptabl...
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Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto, Manual
0-62 MPH10.6 secs
MPG67.3-70.6
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£17,446
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1.4 TSI 125
This 1.4-litre turbocharged unit has 123bhp that can take the Leon from 0-62mph in less...
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxManual
0-62 MPH9.4 secs
MPG54.3-54.3
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£19,092
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1.5 TSI EVO [EZ]
We are yet to try out this variant...
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxManual
0-62 MPH9.5 secs
MPG55.4-57.6
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£19,174
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1.4 EcoTSI 150
This 148bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol is available from our favoured mid-spec FR Te...
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto, Manual
0-62 MPH8.2 secs
MPG56.5-57.6
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£20,647
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1.5 TSI EVO 150 [EZ]
We are yet to try out this variant...
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxManual, Semi-auto
0-62 MPH8.2 secs
MPG53.3-55.4
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£20,729
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1.8 TSI
This is one of the older engines in the Leon line-up, and it shows. The 1.8-litre turbo...
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH7.7 secs
MPG48.7-48.7
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£23,184
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2.0 TSI 190 [EZ] DSG
We are yet to try out this variant...
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH7.3 secs
MPG45.6-45.6
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£23,266
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2.0 TDI 150
This 148bhp 2.0-litre engine has more than enough shove for a car of the Leon’s size, w...
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Fuel Diesel
GearboxSemi-auto, Manual
0-62 MPH8.7 secs
MPG62.8-64.2
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£23,315
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2.0 TSI 300
With 296bhp, the Cupra will hit 0-62mph in less than six seconds with the standard six-...
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Fuel Petrol
GearboxSemi-auto
0-62 MPH4.9 secs
MPG39.2-39.8
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£30,534
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