Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Seat Leon hatchback?
On the whole, the Leon is a solid and sensible family car, usually bought by people who look after their cars well. Check the interior for signs of wear and tear and alloys for any kerb damage. On the more powerful models, especially the Cupra versions, check that the engine isn’t too noisy on start-up and that there is no blue smoke coming out of the exhaust.
What are the most common problems with a used Seat Leon hatchback?
Reported problems are few, especially in the engine, clutch and gearbox departments. A lot of the Leon's components are shared with other Volkswagen Group models, which makes them easy to get hold of and not too pricey. There are a few reports of water leaks and some minor electrical gremlins, but owners seem to be happy with the Leon’s build quality and the longevity of its parts.
There has only been one recall for the Leon so far, involving the rear child locks that might disengage on cars built between 25 November 2015 and 14 April 2016. Check with your Seat dealer if you think your car might be affected.
Is a used Seat Leon hatchback reliable?
According to our latest What Car? Reliability survey, the diesel Leon is not as reliable as the petrol-engined versions. In fact, it came bottom of the family car class.
Owners of diesel Leons had almost four times as many problems as those with petrol engines, with 40% of cars going wrong. A third of them were rendered undriveable, and although two-thirds of the work was done under warranty, some owners paid out up to £500.
Seat as a brand managed to finish in 19th out of the 31 manufacturers featured.
If you would like to see the full reliability list for family cars, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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