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New SEAT Leon five-door takes on BMW 1 Series in Auto Express road test

SEAT Leon v BMW820 Auto Express Test

Popular motoring magazine Auto Express pitched the new Leon five-door against the BMW 1 Series in its 6 March issue. “Can new Leon offer a genuine alternative to fans of sharp-handling hatchbacks?” said Auto Express.

The Auto Express verdict was an emphatic yes. The new Leon five door 2.0 TDI FR beat the BMW 118d M Sport on styling, interior and practicality, and matched it on costs and safety.

“Sharp looks and a sporty driving experience are just the start of Leon’s talents,” said Auto Express. “It has high quality that feels on a par with the new Golf, while passenger space is impressive and the diesel engine delivers a great mix of performance and economy. Not only does the SEAT win this test, it could be the best compact hatchback on the market today.”

Read the Auto Express article for the full review