What used Seat Leon estate will I get for my budget?
Prices for the Seat Leon ST start at £6000, making it outstanding value not only versus a Golf Estate of the same age, but also compared with a Skoda Octavia. At this end of the market you’re most likely to find ex-company cars, which means the 1.6-litre diesel engine and around 80,000 miles or more on the clock.
Most cars for sale though have covered less than 60,000 miles, which pushes prices up to £8000 or more.
Petrols are outnumbered by diesels on the used market by more than two to one, but for £8500 you’ll be able to pick up a sub-50,000 mile example.
Sporty Leon Cupras start from £16,000 for a front-wheel-drive model, or £25,000 for a facelifted all-wheel-drive Cupra 300. X-Perience Leon STs are diesel-only and cost from £12,000.
How much does it cost to run a Seat Leon estate?
The Leon ST engine range from launch kicked off with a 1.2-litre petrol, which in real world driving conditions will return between 42-48mpg depending whether it's combined with a DSG automatic or a manual gearbox, the latter being more frugal. Our pick of the engines though is the 1.4-litre turbo petrol, which will return up to 50mpg regardless of whether it's in 123bhp or 148bhp guise.
For ultimate fuel economy you'll need the 1.6-litre diesel, from which you can expect a genuine 60mpg, or even slightly more on a long run. The punchy 2.0-litre diesel is good for 55mpg in normal driving.
If you're looking at a post-2016 facelift Leon the 1.0-litre petrol will return a genuine 50mpg and feels perkier to drive than you might expect.
Go for the sub-100g/km 1.6 TDI and you won’t pay anything in road tax. In fact, it's only if you opt for a 1.8-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel in FR trim, or the high performance Cupra, that you'll pay a three-figure tax bill.
All Leon STs require servicing every 12 months or 10,000 miles, with costs alternating between £160 and £270. You also need to factor in a new cambelt every five years or 80,000 miles, which costs in the region of £500 once you've factored in doing the water pump at the same time.