There’s more than enough space for a couple of tall adults in the front, with particularly good head and leg room on offer.
There are plenty of cubbyholes for assorted clutter, too, including an armrest with a storage compartment on all but the entry-level editions, a pair of cupholders between the seats, plus a decent-sized glovebox and front door bins.
The addition of an electric handbrake on all but S trim also frees up an extra cubbyhole between the front seats. We also like the optional wireless phone charging system that can hold your mobile in place no matter how hard you drive – be warned, though, that while Android devices can use the inductive charging technology, you’ll need to buy a special case for Apple phones in order to use it.
Seat Leon rear space
Despite the thick pillars behind the back doors, the rear of the Leon ST’s interior still manages to feel relatively airy. There’s space for three, but if they’re three adults it’s a squeeze. If it’s just two though, then rest assured that two six-footers will be able to sit back there without complaints – even with a six-foot driver in front. The Leon is on a par with the likes of the VW Golf, albeit not as spacious as the bigger Skoda Octavia.
Rear-seat passengers don’t get lots of storage space, but there are useful door bins that are big enough for a reasonably large drinks bottle.
Seat Leon seating flexibility
The Leon is a conventional family car so unlike MPVs and SUVs, doesn’t try to do anything especially clever with its seating configuration. The rear seatbacks fold down in a 60/40 split to extend the boot space, but that’s your lot.
The passenger’s seat height is fixed in entry-level S trim, but if you follow our advice and step up to the SE Technology model at least, then you’ll be rewarded by a seat height adjuster as standard, but only upper-spec FR Technology models get the added bonus of passenger lumbar adjustment.
Seat Leon boot space
With the rear seats in place, boot capacity is 380 litres. In real-world terms, that means there’s enough for the weekly shopping or a family’s weekend luggage. You might want to double-check whether your buggy or pram will fit, though, particularly if it’s one of the larger ones. The boot lip is pretty tall, too, but that’s compensated by the fact that the space is deep – because as standard you get a tyre repair kit rather than a spare.
All but the standard S trim has the option of a dual-height boot floor; it’s not an expensive option so we’d say go for it, because in its upper position it creates a separate storage area, and also smoothes out the step left when you’ve folded the rear seats down. These lay almost flat, but not quite.
In the boot you’ll find useful additions such as four lashing eyes and a 12v socket.