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Seat LEON DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr

Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
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Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr
Seat LEON 1.6 TDI SE Dynamic [EZ] 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG67.30
  • 0-62mph9.8 secs
  • Top Speed122 mph
  • C02111 g/km
  • BHP115
  • Torque184 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

Review

This much improved third generation SEAT Leon is a Focus-sized model that these days offers smarter styling, impressive media connectivity, strong safety provision and some efficient engine options. If you'd been overlooking it, this Spanish contender might now be worth a second glance.

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SEAT's third generation Leon has sharpened up its act in recent years. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

SEAT, in case you didn't know, is supposed to be an emotive, 'Latin' kind of brand, a kind of 'Iberian Alfa Romeo'. Hence the passionate marketing, the rallying success and the World Touring Car Championship trophies. Customers though, remain a little unconvinced, especially in mainland Europe where SEAT sales are faltering. But not so in the UK. Sales are soaring on these shores and the Leon model range has always represented much of the reason why, ever since the MK1 version's original introduction in 1998 and its swoopy second generation successor's arrival in 2005. Together with the Ibiza supermini, the Leon is SEAT to British buyers. The third generation version, launched in 2012, built upon the solid foundation established by its predecessors but in the years since its introduction, the competition in the Focus class gamily hatchback sector has become much tougher. Hence the need for this improved MK3 Leon with its slicker looks, stronger safety and improved media connectivity.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, things are much as before. At the foot of the petrol range lies a 1.0-litre TSI three cylinder 115PS unit. The other key petrol engine option is a 1.5 TSI EVO variant with 150PS efficient Cylinder-on-Demand technology. As before, Cupra versions get the 2.0 TSI petrol engine from the Golf GTI, but in an uprated form developing up to 300PS. Many Leon buyers though, will want a diesel. At the foot of the range there's a 115PS version of the VW Group's familiar 1.6-litre TDI unit. Above that sits the usual 2.0-litre TDI unit, offered with 150PS. When it comes to gearboxes, the range includes five or six-speed manual options, all well as double-clutch DSG auto 'boxes with six or seven-speeds. To drive, this improved Leon will respond much like its predecessor. SEATs always tend to feel a bit more sporty than the Volkswagens they're based upon and this one should be no different. Indeed, the pokier variants further up the range really relish a good flogging. This car is based on the same MQB platform that undergirds VW's Golf, Audi's A3 and Skoda's Octavia and produces enough torsional stiffness to allow this model to combine a supple ride with firm body control. Go for a variant with more than 150PS and it'll also come with multilink rear suspension for a better ride and handling balance: it's a pity that more Leon variants don't get this.

Design and Build

As before, Leon buyers choose from either a five-door hatch or an 'ST' estate model. In both 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 current 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 smart chromed front grille. 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

Pricing hasn't changed much, so, as before, you'll be looking at list pricing in the £18,500 to £35,000 bracket. Compared to a five-door hatch variant, an 'ST' estate will cost around £1,000 more. Customers get a choice of five trim levels - 'SE', 'SE Dynamic', 'FR', 'FR Sport', 'XCELLENCE' and 'XCELLENCE Lux'. Beyond that lie the hot hatch Cupra models. This Leon features the latest generation of the brand's 'Easy Connect' infotainment systems, activated by this model's '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

On the engine front, we'd recommend the three cylinder 1.0-litre TSI 115PS unit near the foot of the range. This powerplant gives you the kind of performance you'd expect from, say, a conventional petrol 1.6 allied to the kind of efficiency you'd want from, say, a 1.2-litre model. Which, in this particular Leon, is pretty much what you get. Expect up to 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 109g/km of CO2. The 1.5 TSI EVO manages up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and up to 111g/km of CO2. This might be enough for some buyers to reconsider their natural inclination to opt for a diesel. Mind you, the diesel options are impressively frugal - expect up to 57.6mpg on the combined cycle from the 1.6-litre TDI unit for example and up to 109g/km of CO2. All the figures quited are WLTP-rated for fuel and NEDC-rated for CO2. All the powerplants get 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'.

Summary

This Leon remains a strong but often overlooked contender in the family hatchback segment and it's been usefully improved in recent times. Buyers will appreciate the smart safety levels and hi-tech media connectivity and the 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine is a unit that many diesel buyers ought to have looked at first. As for the wider Leon range, well whether there really is 'latin spirit in every one' is another question of course. In the case of sportier versions like the FR models, we'd be tempted to say yes. Overall, on a pure value-versus-quality basis, this Leon has long been the pick of the Volkswagen Group offerings in this sector. And that also makes it one of the key segment benchmarks outside the Wolfsburg family of brands. Which in turn, makes it a very good car indeed.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control
'Lights On' warning buzzer
3D map display
8" touch screen
Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Connection
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
Low fuel warning light
Navigation system (incl. media system plus)
Outside temperature gauge
RPM counter
SEAT logo boot release
Service interval indicator
Trip computer
Voice recognition
Exterior Features
Metallic paint
Black radiator grille
Body colour door handles
Body coloured bumpers
Body coloured exterior mirrors with integrated LED indicators
Chrome-plated radiator grille surround
Dark tinted rear windows
Electric front/rear windows
Electrically adjustable door mirrors
Front fog lights with cornering function
Halogen headlights with small LED daytime running lights
Heated door mirrors
Hidden exhaust pipe
High gloss black finish B and C pillars
Rear wash/wipe
Interior Features
Driver and passenger sun visor, covered and illuminated mirror, driver sun visor with card holder
Illuminated glovebox
Rear reading lights front and rear, illuminated boot
12v power point in centre console
60/40 split folding rear seat with armrest
Active front headrests and 3 rear headrests
Additional heating and ventilation outlet in rear of centre console
Air conditioning
Boot storage net
Cargo rings in boot
Driver and passenger seat height adjust
Driver seat lumbar adjustment
Dust/pollen filter
Front adjustable head restraints
Front armrest with storage box
Front comfort seats in Tresil cloth
Front cupholders x 2
Front seatback storage pockets
Front/rear floor mats
Gear shift indicator
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
High centre console with integrated box & cup holder, rear air outlet, with armrest in front seats
Instrument lighting with brightness control
Leather steering wheel and gear knob
Luggage tie-down hooks
Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
Storage box under drivers seat
Wheels
Emergency tyre repair kit
17" Dynamic alloy wheels 30/3
Entertainment
2 X SD card slot
4 USB
8 speakers
Auxiliary input socket
Bluetooth audio streaming
CD player
DAB Digital radio
High resolution colour driver display
Media system plus (incl. media system colour)
SEAT USB media cable
Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
Safety
3 point rear seatbelts x3
7 airbags - 2 front, 2 front side, 2 curtain, 1 knee
ABS + TCS
Child proof door locks
Electric handbrake
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
ESC with tyre pressure warning indicator
ESP+EBA
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt reminder
Hill hold control
Multi-Collision braking
Passenger airbag deactivation system
Security
2 folding remote keys with window open/close and boot opening function
Central locking fuel filler cap
Engine immobiliser
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking + deadlocks
Volumetric alarm with back up horn
Technical
Comfort suspension
XDS electronic differential lock
Trim
Chrome interior detailing
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 111
NOx 0.035
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 139
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 121
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1598
Compression Ratio 16.2:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 79.5
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 80.5
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 5 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 67.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 72.4
EC Urban (mpg) 58.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 4.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 53.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 55.4
General
Badge Engine CC 1.6
Badge Power 115
Coin Description TDI
Coin Series SE Dynamic [EZ]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 13E
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) 9.8
Engine Power - BHP 115
Engine Power - KW 85
Engine Power - RPM 3250
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 184
Engine Torque - MKG 25.5
Engine Torque - NM 250
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 122
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
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 2636
Width 1816
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1870
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1210
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 380
Max. Loading Weight 634
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 650
Minimum Kerbweight 1236
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.3

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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £293.99 p/m £13.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £316.99 p/m £43.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £334.99 p/m £65.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £245.99 p/m £21.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £267.99 p/m £50.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £287.99 p/m £76.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £223.99 p/m £31.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £244.99 p/m £56.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £261.99 p/m £95.99 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Solid paint FOC
Tow bar pre-installation with hook and space saver spare wheel £795.00
Packs
Convenience pack+ - Leon £245.00
Driving assistance and safety pack - Leon £880.00
Electric sunroof and LED interior illumination pack - Leon £800.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Boheme purple FOC
Metallic - Desire Red FOC
Metallic - Eclipse orange FOC
Metallic - Midnight black FOC
Metallic - Mystery blue FOC
Metallic - Nevada white FOC
Metallic - Urban silver FOC
Solid - Mediterranean blue FOC
Solid - White FOC
Trim
Front comfort seats in Tresil cloth - Black FOC
Wheels
Space saver spare wheel £115.00
* option prices shown are estimated