The SEAT Leon is currently in its third generation, and its popularity with UK drivers and indutry reviewers shows no sign of slowing. As a five-door model, the SC coupé or the all-new ST tourer, it lives up to its title as the Auto Express 'Car of the Year 2013'.
SEAT has gone back to basics with the new Leon and built the model from scratch, using their long and successful history to create an evolution that's fresh yet recognisable. Sweeping curves create a smooth profile for every version, accented by sculpted full LED headlights, heated mirrors and integrated LED indicators. As well as adding new design and function aspects to the Leon, SEAT has also managed to reduce the weight of the car by around 90kg overall for increased dynamics.
The interior design is similarly updated, bringing leather upholstery options and a 3.5-inch monochrome display to the cabin. The well-equipped instrument panel also includes a gearshift indicator and trip computer. Easy-entry front comfort seats improve accessibility for all passengers, making the sporty Leon suited to Motability Scheme drivers as well as other private or business users. The SC version features front sports seats, and the ST provides the largest boot space of any Leon at up to 1,470 litres.
Underneath the revamped looks, one of SEAT's diesel or petrol power systems delivers consistent performance for the Leon. The model comes with one of the widest ranges of engine choices, spanning from 1.2-litre petrol units up to a mighty 2.0-litre diesel with 182bhp. Torque is at least 175Nm from the car, cutting the 0-60mph sprint to around ten seconds at most. The 1.6-litre diesel option that produces the highest fuel economy - 74.3mpg combined - is also the 'greenest' at just 99g/km of CO2 emissions.
Something that hasn't changed with the newest Leon is the high standard of safety - a benchmark that SEAT owners have come to expect. Front, side and curtain airbags cushion passengers from an impact, joined by auto post-collision braking and secure seatbelts.
Test Drive the Leon
Please contact us at Johnsons Cars to find out more and book a test drive in the new SEAT Leon.