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. If you're buying a Leon from 2017 onwards, then the 1.5 TSI Evo is a great engine, too, in either 130 or 150 form.
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.
Our favourite Seat Leon 1.4 EcoTSI 150 FR Technology
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