Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s absolutely loads of head room in the front of the Leon, and its seats slide back a long way, too. In fact, we can confidently say that no matter how tall you are, you’ll fit.
You’ll also find an array of storage spots dotted around the place. These include a decent-sized glove box and broad door bins, a tray for your mobile phone in front of the gear lever, two cupholders and a cubby under the front armrest.
If you’re thinking the Leon is bound to be a less practical choice than a Volkswagen Golf, you’re in for a surprise. It’s actually a longer car than its VW cousin and has quite a lot more rear leg room because of it.
Indeed, rear space is roughly on a par with that of the Ford Focus, although that car is more comfortable for a middle passenger because he or she doesn’t have to straddle such a big hump. Impressively, the Leon even trumps the larger Skoda Octavia for rear seat space, with fractionally more leg and head room.
Seat folding and flexibility
The Leon’s rear seats don’t do anything particularly clever, but they do fold in a 60/40 split for those occasions you need extra space for luggage.
There’s also a ski hatch, enabling two rear passengers to be carried in comfort while a long, narrow load is slid through between them.
We managed to slot six carry-on sized suitcases below the parcel shelf (one more than the Golf swallowed), although there is an annoyingly substantial drop down to the boot floor from the entrance. It’s a pity Seat doesn’t offer a height-adjustable boot floor because it would rectify this problem and also iron out the step in the floor of the extended load that you’re left with when folding down the rear seats.
We haven’t managed to get our measuring tape out for the new e-Hybrid, but on paper, its boot is a little smaller (by around 150 litres) than the standard car due to the extra space taken up by the batteries. Most other plug-ins suffer from the same issue, but you’ll find the Octavia iV’s boot is still far bigger.
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