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Leon
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Driving

Price (on the road)

ยฃ18,970-ยฃ32,595

Target Price (cash)

ยฃ15,970-ยฃ35,575

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What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Dual-height boot floor
  • Rear parking sensors

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Contract Hire Leasing Rates

ยฃ217.08-ยฃ420.47/month

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Engines

1.8 TSI
This is one of the older engines in the Leon line-up, and it shows. The 1.8-litre turbocharged unit has a healthy 177bhp, but itโ€™s also relatively inefficient, with CO2 emissions of 137g/km. It doesnโ€™t feel that much faster than the more economical, cheaper 1.4 EcoTSI model, either. It gets a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but can also be ordered with a seven-speed DSG automatic โ€™box.
2.0 TDI 150
This 148bhp 2.0-litre engine has more than enough shove for a car of the Leonโ€™s size, which makes overtaking relatively easy. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, although you can also order it with a six-speed DSG automatic. Going for the auto does hurt its fuel economy and CO2 emissions, though.
2.0 TSI 300
With 296bhp, the Cupra will hit 0-62mph in less than six seconds with the standard six-speed manual gearbox fitted, while the optional six-speed dual-clutch automatic is even quicker. Itโ€™s a really strong engine that pulls hard from low revs, but does struggle to put its power on to the road smoothly. Opting for four-wheel drive helps address this, but itโ€™s only available with the auto โ€˜box. Considering the performance on offer, the running costs are acceptable too.
1.6 TDI
Performance from the least powerful of the Leonโ€™s diesel engines is perfectly acceptable, thanks to a decent amount of shove at low revs. Economy should be excellent and emissions of 108g/km of CO2 are competitive. Some diesel clatter does make its way inside if you put your foot down, though.
1.4 TSI 125
This 1.4-litre turbocharged unit has 123bhp that can take the Leon from 0-62mph in less than nine seconds, which is perfectly respectable for the class. Itโ€™s one of the less efficient petrol engines, though, and isnโ€™t available with an automatic gearbox.
1.4 EcoTSI 150
This 148bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol is available from our favoured mid-spec FR Technology trim. It features cylinder deactivation to help save fuel when youโ€™re cruising along, but has more than enough power for brisk progress when you need it. That fuel-saving tech helps it to return impressive CO2 emissions, too, and you can have it with the seven-speed automatic gearbox.
1.2 TSI
A smooth, punchy four-cylinder petrol that kicks off the range in terms of both power and price. However, we&#39;d spend a little extra for the more powerful and efficient 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, as it&#39;s the more rounded choice.
1.0 TSI Ecomotive
This turbocharged three-cylinder engine may be the smallest available, but it produces more power than the cheaper 1.2 and also has much better economy. On the road itโ€™s flexible but not quite as refined as the four-cylinder engines.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

39.2-68.9 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

102-164 g/km

VED Tax band

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F-J

Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1470 litres

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