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Leon Hatchback
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Driving

Price (on the road)

Β£17,975-Β£35,010

Target Price (cash)

Β£15,015-Β£32,132

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What Car?'s option recommendations

  • Dual-height boot floor
  • Rear parking sensors

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Β£204.7-Β£406.71/month

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Engines

2.0 TSI 310
We are yet to try out this variant
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 it’s also relatively inefficient, with CO2 emissions of 137g/km. It doesn’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 ’box.
2.0 TDI 150
This 148bhp 2.0-litre engine has more than enough shove for a car of the Leon’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.
1.6 TDI
Performance from the least powerful of the Leon’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.
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. It’s a really strong engine that pulls hard from low revs, but does struggle to put its power on to the road smoothly. Considering the performance on offer, the running costs are acceptable.
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. It’s one of the less efficient petrol engines, though, and isn’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 you’re cruising along, but has more than enough power for brisk overtaking when required. 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
This 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, which is 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 it’s flexible but not quite as refined as the four-cylinder engines.

Miles per gallon

Official fuel economy figure

38.7-70.6 mpg

CO2 Emissions

Official emissions rating

102-170 g/km

VED Tax band

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Boot capacity

How much space is there?

1210 litres

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