Seat Leon review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Seat Leon 2022 RHD rear seats
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  • Seat Leon 2022 front tracking
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  • Seat Leon 2022 headlight details
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  • Seat Leon 2022 rear cornering
  • Seat Leon 2022 RHD dashboard
  • Seat Leon 2022 RHD rear seats
  • Seat Leon 2022 RHD infotainment
  • Seat Leon 2022 front tracking
  • Seat Leon 2022 left tracking
  • Seat Leon 2022 headlight details
  • Seat Leon 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The Seat Leon is priced below the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf when you’re comparing like-for-like versions. A Skoda Octavia will cost a similar amount, but the Skoda Scala is a fair bit cheaper. Sizeable discounts are available so check out our New Car Deals pages to see how much you could save.

We reckon the 1.5 TSI 130 in sporty FR trim is the best buy. It’s a really economical engine and is significantly cheaper than the more powerful 1.5 TSI 150. If you’re a company car driver, the e-Hybrid's low official CO2 emissions give it a big benefit-in-kind (BIK) car tax rate advantage over regular petrols and diesels. It should attract lower company car tax bills than the Golf GTE, but the Octavia iV wraps all of that up in a more practical package. The mild-hybrid eTSI is expensive compared with the manual equivalent, and official fuel economy isn’t that impressive.

Equipment, options and extras

Don’t dismiss entry-level SE trim – it’s surprisingly well equipped. You get 16in alloy wheels, air-conditioning, keyless start, cruise control and even metallic paint as standard. We do think SE Dynamic is worth the extra, though, because as well as the various infotainment upgrades, it adds larger 17in wheels, three-zone climate control and tinted rear windows.

Our preferred FR trim brings an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers and dynamic indicators that illuminate LEDs in sequence, effectively pointing in the direction you’re about to turn. FR Sport trim adds bigger 18in wheels, heated seats and a heated steering wheel, an electric driver’s seat and nicer upholstery. FR models also have sports suspension.

Overview

The latest Seat Leon is a fantastic all-rounder. Not only does it handle well, come packed with kit and feature a roomy interior, but it should also prove relatively cheap to run thanks to the frugality promised by its petrol engines – especially the 1.5 TSI 130. Indeed, its blend of talents makes this our favourite family car, while the plug-in version is well worth considering, especially for company car users.

  • Great to drive
  • Loads of space in the back
  • Well equipped
  • Firm ride on FR models
  • Road noise
  • Barely any optional extras available
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