The new SEAT Leon – a versatile hatchback
A pragmatic hatchback with the spirit of a racing car, the new SEAT Leon is the product of more than a decade of innovative design – and it shows.
The first thing that you’ll notice is the car’s smooth style. The Leon has become instantly recognisable, and the latest model maintains the athleticism that characterises the range, while adding a series of modern features. A sculpted rear bumper and wide windscreen add an exclusive touch, and the Leon’s dashing front features a new mesh grille and slanted headlights.
We were similarly impressed by the car’s interior. From the compact frame you’d expect a cramped cabin, but there’s enough space for the whole family. The dashboard could be described as simplistic, but the minimalist design certainly helps to make issuing commands or obtaining necessary information easy for the driver. The technology offered as standard is by no means lacking, but the optional SEAT Media System 2.2 can provide a significant boost, due to its five-inch colour display and comprehensive navigation system.
The choice of eight different engines should impress the sternest of critics. The highest-level 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine offers acceleration from 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 142mph. Performance is certainly strong, and if it’s not enough to satiate the thirst of some motorists, then they should take into account the excellent combined fuel economy of 65.7 MPG. Efficiency is taken even further by the 1.6-litre TDI, which boasts a remarkable combined MPG of 74.3, enabling drivers to save time and money with less refuelling stops. Road tax fees are low due to the small CO2 emissions, and even the entry-level 1.2-litre TSI petrol unit provides enough torque and pace for a satisfying drive.
The new Leon features an extended range of safety features. Bi-Xenon headlights have adaptive front lighting to give you great vision even when turning, and airbags are conveniently integrated into the new model to provide ample protection in the event of a collision. Accident avoidance measures such as ABS and ESC mean that a crash is unlikely, but the presence of airbags and advanced seatbelts is reassuring, nevertheless.
In an increasingly competitive hatchback market the new SEAT Leon may not be everyone’s first choice, but we’ve been impressed by its versatile engine range and sleek new style. If you would like to book a test drive, please contact Essex SEAT today, or fill out our enquiry form.
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