What used Seat Leon hatchback will I get for my budget?
It’s amazing to think you can pick up a good Leon from as little as £5000. This will net you a 2013 car with a mileage of around 100,000 miles from a trade or private seller.
Up the ante to between £7000 and £9000 and you begin to get some real bargains. Again, take your pick of petrol or diesel models and you’ll find a 2014 or 2015 car with a below-average mileage and a full history from an independent dealer, or a 2016 car in the same condition from a private seller. This is a price that substantially undercuts the amount you’d pay for the equivalent Golf or Focus, so for those on a tight budget, the Leon is well worth seeking out.
Tax costs on cars registered before 1 April 2017 are generally pretty reasonable. The efficiency of the 1.6-litre diesel models means they'll cost you £20 per year to tax, while you'll pay £30 per year for a 2.0-litre diesel in 148bhp form. It's a similar story with petrol models: the 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre versions cost £30 a year and the 1.0-litre sneaks in at £20 a year. The most you'll pay to tax a Leon registered before April 2017 is £220, that for the Cupra R.
After that date, all Leons will cost you a flat tax rate of £165 a year, unless you choose a high-end version with enough options fitted to have lifted its price to over £40,000 when it was new. If that's the case, expect to pay a surcharge of £355 a year from years two to six.
Seat servicing costs are very reasonable, and roughly on a par with those of Ford and Vauxhall. Franchised dealers offer a transparent fixed-price servicing scheme, with cars more than three years old eligible for slightly discounted prices. You can also opt for a pre-paid service plan on cars up to eight years old, which is worth taking out if you want to service your car at a Seat dealership.
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