Used Seat Leon Hatchback 2005 - 2012 review

Category: Family car

Section: Our recommendations

2005 - 2012 review
Seat Leon Hatchback (05 - 12)
  • Seat Leon Hatchback (05 - 12)
  • Seat Leon Hatchback (05 - 12)
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Our recommendations

Which used Seat Leon hatchback should I buy?

All models get electronic traction control and state-of-the-art brakes, along with front, side and curtain airbags as standard. Entry-level Essence trim skimps a little on kit, but even so, you get electric front windows, a CD player and spilt folding rear seats.

Reference adds air-conditioning, while Stylance, our recommended trim, provides rear electric windows and cruise control. Sport and FR are the two top trims available.

The most powerful engine is the 197bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged, direct-injection petrol unit, which is found in various sporting VWs, Audis and Skodas. This and its 168bhp 2.0 TDI diesel stablemate power the hot FR versions that were released in June 2006.

The 140bhp 2.0 diesel is our favourite engine overall, as the 105bhp 1.9 diesel suffers from a narrow powerband. And, of the two remaining petrol engines, we prefer the 1.6-litre 101bhp unit over the 2.0-litre 150bhp engine.

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