What's the used Seat Leon like?
Chances are that if you asked people to name a medium-sized family hatchback, the Seat Leon would be quite a way down their list. They might easily be able to roll off the names of cars such as the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra, but for years the Leon has been a little off the public’s radar. Considering how good it’s always been and how much it undercuts its rivals on price, this is a real travesty of justice.
This third-generation version is based, like the two before it, on the underpinnings of the Golf – and that alone has been enough to make it a very good car. It’s not only shorter, lighter and roomier than the second-gen model, it’s also more efficient and much better to drive. On the road, it feels sprightly, with distinctly sporty handling. And despite a ride that errs on the firm side, it’s comfortable, too. Inside, you’ll find it well equipped and there’s plenty of space for a family and all its paraphernalia.
There’s also an excellent range of engines to choose from, with petrols kicking off with a 1.2-litre unit and and working up to a 296bhp 2.0-litre Cupra-version flyer. In the middle sits our favourite, the 148bhp 1.4-litre unit, which is smooth, powerful and economical, although a facelift in 2016 brought in a new 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine that we would also recommend for its flexibility and economy.
Diesel versions start with an astonishingly economical 1.6-litre engine, good for 70.6mpg in some models, then through the punchier 148bhp 2.0-litre and up to a noticeably swift 181bhp 2.0-litre unit.