Which used Seat Leon hatchback should I buy?
Make no mistake, the Leon is a fine car with nearly any of its various engine options, but we prefer the petrol models for their smoothness and flexibility. The 1.0 TSI three-cylinder is reasonably lively and very economical, as well as being quite fun to drive, so makes plenty of sense if you're on a budget. However, it can’t quite compete with the 1.4 TSI engine, preferably in 148bhp EcoTSI form, which is responsive, powerful enough for most people and economical. The diesels are even more economical, unsurprisingly, but there’s always a hint of gruffness to them. Unless your mileages are likely to be high, err towards a petrol car.
The SE version will be fine if you're on a budget, but if you can stretch to it, we'd go for the FR, because it gets more toys and a more sporty suspension set-up that makes a noticeable difference to the way the Leon handles. Look out for a car with the Technology Pack fitted, too, as it's worth having.