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Used Seat Leon Hatchback 2000 - 2005 review

(2000 - 2005)
Seat Leon Hatchback (00 - 05)
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Which used Seat Leon hatchback should I buy?

The Cupras make excellent hot hatches, but the best buys are lower down the range. In particular, the 1.4 and 1.6 S are absolute bargains, and neither suffers from any lack of power. However, given it's only a few hundred pounds more, we'd go for the stronger 1.6. This model also always had standard air-con, but the 1.4 only had it from August 2002.

There isn't a bad engine in the range. The various 1.9 diesels are punchy and frugal, while the turbocharged petrols in the Sport and Cupra models give very strong performance.

Choosing a trim is an easy job because, for the most part, each engine had just one choice. Again, there's no point venturing above the basic S. This has pretty much all you could need, although you could try SE for electric rear windows and climate control, while Sport has leather trim and a CD multichanger.

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Which used Seat Leon hatchback should I buy?

The Cupras make excellent hot hatches, but the best buys are lower down the range. In particular, the 1.4 and 1.6 S are absolute bargains, and neither suffers from any lack of power. However, given it's only a few hundred pounds more, we'd go for the stronger 1.6. This model also always had standard air-con, but the 1.4 only had it from August 2002.

There isn't a bad engine in the range. The various 1.9 diesels are punchy and frugal, while the turbocharged petrols in the Sport and Cupra models give very strong performance.

Choosing a trim is an easy job because, for the most part, each engine had just one choice. Again, there's no point venturing above the basic S. This has pretty much all you could need, although you could try SE for electric rear windows and climate control, while Sport has leather trim and a CD multichanger.

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