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Seat Leon (2009-13)

Overall Rating

4 stars

This small five door family hatchback is well equipped, sporty to drive and good value for money. Ride is sporty but firm, and rear space is limited, but its build quality shines through.

  • Well-equipped family hatchback
  • Good efficient engines
  • Excellent crash test results
  • Rear is cramped
  • Hard ride
  • Functional basic interior
Road Test

The Seat Leon is a handsome Golf-sized family that is complemented by a very functional and clearly laid out interior. It's a little tight in the back compared with rival models but the boot is huge although the rear sill is on the high side. Driving Leon is certainly fun more so than Golf. Every model, even those with the smallest engine, appeals to those who enjoy sharp, sporty responses. But that does means the suspension set-up is quite hard, so occupants feel the bumps over rough road surfaces. Engines are 1.2-litre TSI, 1.4-litre 16v and TSI and 1.6-litre 8v, petrol engines. Diesel engines come in 1.6-litre TDI, 1.9-litre TDI and 2.0-litre TDI. Performance from the wide range of petrol and turbodiesel engines is excellent, especially from the top sports models which have slick six-speed gearboxes. The driving environment is comfortable, with a clearly laid out and well-built dashboard, and good seats. Across the range, levels of standard equipment are good, with plenty of airbags that contribute to good crash test performance, plus reassuring security features. Top of the range the 2.0 TSi 265 EU5 Cupra R 6Spd with a maximum speed of 155mph taking 6 seconds to hit 60mph.

Need To Know

Replacement: 2012

Seat Leon (2009-13)
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Quality & Reliability

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4 stars


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Running Costs

4 stars

Value for Money

4 stars

Stereo/Sat Nav

3 stars
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