The Leon comes with a healthy yield of the latest safety equipment. Every model gets seven airbags, stability control and a tyre pressure monitoring system. There are also active front head restraints to minimise whiplash in an accident and Isofix child-seat mounting points.
Commendably, every Leon bar the entry-level S model comes with automatic emergency city braking, which applies maximum braking if the system detects you’re about to hit a car. From 2017, this was upgraded to watch out for pedestrians as well as cars.
Leons equipped with an automatic gearbox can take this autonomy one step further. With the optional pack that includes traffic jam assist, in heavy traffic the car is able to stop, start, speed up, slow down and even steer for you. The same package also includes emergency assist – if the system thinks you’ve nodded off, it’ll try to wake you by lightly pulsing the brakes. If that doesn’t work, it will activate the hazard warning lights and bring the car to a controlled stop.
If the worst comes to the worst, it’s good to know that back in 2012 the Leon received the maximum five stars in its Euro NCAP crash test.
All Leons get remote central locking and an alarm to help keep thieves at bay. Security experts Thatcham Research awarded the car the maximum five stars for resistance to theft and four stars for guarding against being broken into.
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