SEAT Leon hatchback: a classy car that's great value

Nov 15, 2012

What the motoring press is saying about the SEAT Leon hatchback

Price: £15,670 - £22,375

Pros: Appealing looks, quality interior, economical engines

Cons: Poor rear visibility, long wait for other bodystyles, awkward boot

4.6/5, Carbuyer
"The SEAT Leon is a rival for the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. As part of the Volkswagen Group, the Leon shares its engine range, much of its technology and many mechanical parts with the latest Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3. However, unlike previous years - where SEAT has had to use older technology - the new Leon gets the very latest VW Group know-how, while remaining around 10 per cent cheaper to buy than the equivalent VW Golf. While still overtly stylish, the new Leon's design is also more practical than before, while both interior and ride comfort have been improved from the previous car."

4/5, Auto Express
"The Leon is a real statement about what SEAT is trying to become, which is why it's the first to wear the firm's new minimalist logo. It's much classier than the car it replaces, both in terms of design and quality, and remains comfortable despite its sporting pretensions. The 1.6-litre engine is a little gruff with a turbo that needs to be kept on boost, but treat it nicely and you’ll be rewarded with low running costs. What's more, the Leon is cheaper to buy than the equivalent Golf or A3."

5/5, What Car?
"If you're willing to accept an interior that's undeniably less impressive than the Golf's, the Leon offers much of the same for considerably less cash. The entry-level 1.2 TSI SE petrol, for example, costs £15,670, which is almost £2,300 less than the equivalent Golf. That sort of saving applies right across the range, making the Leon a good-value proposition that still does most of the basics extremely well. It's a great return to form for the Leon badge, and yet another serious contender in the small family hatchback market."

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