The new Leon has been getting rave reviews online following its UK press launch in late April. Potential customers will be reading these articles when researching for their next car purchase, so make sure you have a look at them and see what the country’s top motoring journalists have to say:
Car on the 1.4 TSI 150 FR Technology 5dr
“Power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol lump with 148bhp and the ability to shut off half of the cylinders in the name of economy. Full-bore starts should get you to 62mph in 8.0 seconds, though claimed economy is surprisingly good at 57.6mpg.
“The Leon now looks and a feels more modern than before.”
Auto Express on the ST 1.0 TSI
“The estate version weighs around 35kg more than the hatch, but the dinky three-cylinder doesn’t feel underpowered. Third gear pull is surprisingly swift when you hit the torque band’s sweet spot, and 0-62mph takes just 9.8 seconds.
“The balance of ride and handling makes it easy to keep the ST neat and tidy on the UK’s typically narrow and undulating country roads. It’s comfortable, too, making it an accomplished family cruiser.”
The Telegraph on the full range
“While regular versions of the car stay reasonably composed on winding roads, FR models feel tauter and more keen to change direction, with decently-weighted steering. The 1.8-litre petrol and the most powerful 2.0-litre diesel also offer impressive performance.
“For the ultimate fun factor though, the high-performance CUPRA 300 is definitely the one to have.”
The Daily Record on the SE Technology 1.0 TSI Ecomotive 5dr
“The Leon turns out to be comfortable and relaxing and quite an undemanding car to drive. With the manual box in the hatchback, the Leon 1.0 TSI has a CO2 figure of 102g/km and a combined fuel return of 64.2mpg.
“All too often, three-cylinder turbocharged engines in comparatively small cars tend to be noisy, particularly when accelerating hard. Not so this Leon, which is remarkably refined. The light but nicely weighted steering makes it an uncomplicated and extremely pleasant family car to drive, providing decent performance with decent fuel economy however it’s driven.”
The Car Expert on the 5dr range
“This mid-life refresh is not about major headlines but a host of upgrades, mostly making use of the new technology launched in more recent newcomers such as the Ateca. The biggest news is the availability of a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine previously only offered to continental buyers.
“The SEAT Leon is an impressive five-door hatchback and the latest package of updates merely make it even better – a top contender in its market.”
Parkers on the full range
“[The third-generation SEAT Leon] comes with an all-new chassis, an expanded engine line-up as well as eye-catching looks.
“The SEAT Leon is also cheaper than the majority of its rivals, boasts plenty of standard equipment and comes with a range of fuel efficient, low CO2-emitting engines.”