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Seat LEON HATCHBACK 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr

Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Stock Offer Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
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Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.5 TSI EVO FR [EZ] 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG56.50
  • 0-62mph9.4 secs
  • Top Speed126 mph
  • C02113 g/km
  • BHP130
  • Torque148 lbs/f
  • P11D23%

Review

If you'd like your family hatchback with a dash more attitude than the normal bland box, look to SEAT and its striking Leon, now improved with smarter looks and extra media connectivity. With the car benefiting from the best engineering that the Volkswagen Group can offer, think of it as a Golf with a sharper suit and a keener price tag. Oh, and a bit of a sporty feel in racy FR Technology form.

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SEAT's improved third generation Leon looks tempting in sporty FR Technology trim. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Background

It took quite a while for the public to warm to the radical step change that SEAT introduced when it moved from the hugely popular Mk1 SEAT Leon of 2000 to the bigger and slicker second generation car introduced in 2005. That's often how it is when radical designs are introduced. Many of the cars that we slated as being ugly now look really good. The Leon was never ugly but some of the other designs spun off that styling theme in the SEAT line up weren't the happiest looking things. The benefit of hindsight shows that the Leon was the best interpretation of ex-Alfa man Walter da Silva's design language. It never reprised the sales success of the original, and SEAT is looking to kick start interest in the Leon line with an improved third generation model that looks tauter and subtly more modern. Especially in the sporty FR Technology form we look at here. Still want that Golf?

Driving Experience

The Leon made its name as a sporty selection and the latest line-up is powered by efficient yet powerful TDI diesel and TSI petrol engines. In FR Technology spec, you choose between a 150PS 1.4-litre EcoTSI petrol unit or the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with either 150 or 184PS. The Leon FR hot hatch features an interesting function called SEAT Drive Profile. This allows the driver to vary the characteristics of the power steering, throttle control and even the engine sound via a sound actuator using three modes: eco, comfort and sport. There is also a facility to tailor the settings according to the driver's preference. The interior ambient LED lighting changes according to the selected setting: white in eco and comfort modes, and red in sport. No red mist please. FR models get firmer suspension and wider tyres than standard variants, but even here, the ride balance is one you'll be happy to live with in the traffic jams, urban jungles and motorway mileages of real life. There's an extra dash of spirit in this car which for some reason, I just don't feel in an apparently identical Volkswagen Golf. Perhaps the sportier styling and more dynamic brand image that this SEAT has lead you to push it that little bit harder, revealing unexpected handling talent that a Golf or an Octavia could also offer if only given the chance. Maybe. But somehow I doubt it.

Design and Build

As before, Leon FR Technology buyers choose from either a five-door hatch, an 'ST' estate model or an 'SC' three-door coupe. In all three cases, SEAT says that visual style was one of the key reasons why people bought the original version of this car, so it wasn't necessary with this facelifted version to change the aesthetics too much. A few tweaks though, have been made. At the front and rear, there are revised bumpers and bodywork with sharper, more assertive lines, plus there's a smarter chromed front grille. Otherwise, it's as you were, the FR trim level including a well-judged bodykit that lifts the look of the standard shape a small but significant amount. Inside, the ambient lighting LEDs' intensity can be regulated as the driver wishes from the newly redesigned eight-inch central infotainment screen. This monitor eliminates the need for many of the buttons and dials that were scattered around the fascia on the previous model. From this monitor, the LED ambient lighting of the cabin can be dimmed or intensified, giving the interior a classy feel. Otherwise, things are much as they were before, which means that passenger space is very class-competitive and there's a decently sized 380-litre boot in the hatch model. If you need more space than that, the ST estate offers 587-litres.

Market and Model

FR Leon buyers get the choice of five-door hatch, three-door SC Coupe or ST estate bodystyles and they can choose either a 6-speed manual or a DSG automatic gearbox. Pricing starts at around the £21,500 mark for the 1.4-litre EcoTSI petrol hatch variant. You'll need around £900 more for the 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel variant. As well as a sportier look, this outlay buys you smart titanium 18-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system, a high quality stereo sound set-up with sub-woofer and full LED headlights. There are key changes with regard to media connectivity, this revised Leon featuring the latest generation of the brand's 'Easy Connect' infotainment systems, activated by this model's new 'Media System Plus' eight-inch screen. Customers can also specify a 'Connectivity Box' in the central console that enables wireless smartphone charging. And there's the brand's 'Full Link' system, which enables you to use apps from your smartphone on the fascia screen via either the 'Apple CarPlay' or 'Android Auto' media systems. This improved Leon also features many more options when it comes to electronic safety systems. Examples of this include 'Traffic Jam Assist', which virtually drives the car for you in stop/start traffic. And a 'Pedestrian Protection System' which scans the road ahead not only for other vehicles that might pose accident hazards but also people too.

Cost of Ownership

It's not easy to cut back the weight of a modern family hatchback in a market where buyers want their cars to be safer and more heavily equipped. Yet thanks to the use of the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, this SEAT manages to be very competitive in this regard. There's also a Start/Stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. Plus an Energy Recovery system that stores brake energy usually lost as heat and uses it to help power the car's electrical systems, ultimately preserving fuel. All part of what SEAT calls 'Ecomotive technology'. The 2.0 TDI 184PS variant manages 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and 121g/km of CO2 in ST estate form. Or 67.3mg and 112g/km in 150PS 2.0 TDI guise. Don't automatically tick the box for a TDI diesel Leon FR though until you've properly considered the petrol proposition. For the 1.4 EcoTSI, the figures are 60.1mpg and 114g/km. Bear in mind that if you go for an 'FR Technology' specification Leon, then your car with come with a 'Drive Profile' system incorporating an 'Eco' mode. This helps you maximise your running cost returns by trimming the air conditioning back, indicating the best gear change points and prompting a coasting mode on the motorway when a DSG gearbox is fitted.

Summary

This improved third generation SEAT Leon looks a very promising package indeed. Better looking than before, classier inside and out, with super-efficient engines and the retention of its sporting appeal in FR Technology form, it's exactly the car the Spanish brand needs to resurrect its fortunes in this sector. With some previous Leon models, this was a car that you'd recommend with caveats. Something like : 'It's a good car but the interior's a weak point. You need to avoid some of the older diesel engines. And the driver technology is a bit behind the times'. None of that now. This time round, SEAT has surgically excised each of these reasons for passing the Leon over. We're excited, especially by this car in FR Technology guise. If you're looking to buy a family hatchback with a bit of a spark to it, you should be too.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control
Electro-mechanical power steering
Front and rear parking sensors
Front assist with pedestrian protection
Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto with USB cable for Apple and Android compatibility
Media system plus with 8" display, 4 USB, 8 speakers, CD, voice control, DAB, bluetooth and handsfree, steering wheel mounted audio and phone control
Navigation system 3D map display, high resolution colour driver display, two SD card slots
RPM, trip computer, outside temp gauge, digital clock, instrument light brightness, low fuel warning light, lights on reminder, gearshift indicator
SEAT drive profile with 4 modes (Eco/Normal/Sport/Individual), throttle response
SEAT logo boot release
Service interval indicator
Exterior Features
Metallic paint
Black front grille
Body colour door handles
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured exterior mirrors with integrated LED indicators
Dark tinted rear windows
Electric folding door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
Exclusive FR front and rear bumpers
Front grille frame in chrome
Full LED headlights with LED day time running lights + LED rear tail lights + LED licence plate lights and LED front and rear fog lights
High gloss black finish B and C pillars
Illuminated aluminium front door sill with FR logo
Rear wash/wipe
Visible twin exhaust tailpipes
Packs
LED interior illumination pack - Leon
Convenience pack+ - Leon
Wheels
Emergency tyre repair kit
17" Dynamic alloy wheels 30/2
Entertainment
Auxiliary input socket
SEAT USB media cable
Interior Features
12v power point in centre console
Additional heating and ventilation outlet in rear of centre console
Boot storage net
Cargo rings in boot
Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de-activation, front side, curtain, driver knee airbags
Driver and passenger seat height adjust
Driver and passenger sun visor, covered and illuminated mirror, driver sun visor with card holder
Driver seat lumbar adjustment
Dual zone climate control
Dust/pollen filter
Flat bottomed perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching and FR logo and leather gear knob
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Front cupholders x 2
Front passenger seat lumbar adjustment
Front seatback storage pockets
Front sport seats in Techny cloth
Front/rear floor mats
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
High centre console with integrated box & cup holder, rear air outlet, with armrest in front seats
ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
Luggage tie-down hooks
Multi-colour ambient interior lighting
Storage box under drivers seat
Two height adjustable front and rear headrests and third rear headrest
Safety
3 point rear seatbelts x3
ABS, traction control system, electronic stability control
Child proof door locks
EBA
Electric handbrake
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt reminder
Hill hold control
Multi-Collision braking
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Security
2 folding remote keys with window open/close function and boot opening/door mirror folding function
Central locking fuel filler cap
Engine immobiliser
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Volumetric alarm with back up horn
Technical
Lowered sports suspension
XDS electronic differential lock
Trim
Chrome interior detailing
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 112
NOx 0.051
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 130
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 141
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 130
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 112
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 171
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 125
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1498
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 74.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 85.9
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 56.5
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 67.3
EC Urban (mpg) 44.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 47.9
WLTP - MPG - High 57.6
WLTP - MPG - Low 37.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium 51.4
General
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 130
Coin Description TSI EVO
Coin Series FR [EZ]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 15E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.4
Engine Power - BHP 130
Engine Power - KW 96
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 148
Engine Torque - MKG 20.4
Engine Torque - NM 200
Engine Torque - RPM 1400
Top Speed 126
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style DYNAMIC
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1459
Length 4282
Wheelbase 2634
Width 1816
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1780
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1210
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 616
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1700
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 610
Minimum Kerbweight 1164
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.3

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