The first generation of Seat Leon was officially introduced in 1999 when the Spanish manufacturer rolled out the hatchback version of Toledo. Built on the Golf Mk4 platform it managed to deliver excitement, with bright colours & sporty engines on offer. The Leon was & still is Spain’s attempt to out-Golf the Golf. Now on its third generation, can it finally lure more budget-conscious hatch buyers away from the German end of the new car market?
Estate: The Leon Estate is pitched as a better-value alternative to the Volkswagen Golf Estate, & you should certainly be able to buy better-equipped editions of the Seat for less money than its Volkswagen stablemate. The Skoda Octavia Estate is a competitive alternative, though.
Hatchback: As far as boot space goes, if you need a lot of it, go for the estate. But if you don’t need that much, the hatchback is just as roomy as its predecessor. It’s able to swallow up to 380 litres of luggage behind the second-row seats, similar to the Volkswagen Golf Mk8. The Ford Focus offers a bit less behind the second row at 375 litres, but more behind the first row at 1,354 litres.
No Leon is short of standard equipment, but that’s not the only thing that’s going to attract customers. While it’s a good all-rounder if you're looking for a competitively priced family car, be aware there are alternatives available that are better to drive & more practical, such as the Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia & Volkswagen Golf.
“The new Seat Leon. A sportier look. Modern interiors. And connectivity for a smoother driving experience.”