What used Seat Leon hatchback will I get for my budget?
Considering this Leon goes back only to 2013, it’s amazing to think you can pick up a good example from as little as £5000 (at the time of writing). This will net you a 2013 diesel-engined car with a mileage of around 100,000 miles from a trade or private seller. Up the ante to £7000 and you begin to get some real bargains. Again, take your pick of petrol or diesel models and you’ll find a 2014 car with a below-average mileage and a full history from an independent dealer, or a 2015 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. Moving up further to around the £10,000 mark buys a 2015 or 2016 model in excellent condition and low mileage from an independent dealer, while if it's a facelifted car you're after, you'll need to set aside at least £11,500.
How much does it cost to run a Seat Leon hatchback?
On the whole, the Leon is one of the more efficient cars in its class. The most economical version, the 1.6-litre diesel, can get as much as 70.6mpg, according to official figures. The mid-range 2.0-litre diesel, meanwhile, gets around 64mpg, depending on which age and variant you go for. The most economical petrol model is the 1.0-litre, which, impressively, gets similar fuel economy to the 2.0-litre diesel. If you want to upgrade to the 1.4-litre petrol, expect fuel economy figures in the region of 54mpg. As you might expect, the least economical version is the Cupra R hot hatch, with an official average consumption figure of 39mpg.
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 £140 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 £310 a year.
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.