SEAT Leon hatchback
Price: £15,850 - £22,815
- Head-turning looks
- Quality interior
- Economical engines
- Poor rear visibility
- Same size boot as the three-door
- SEAT not strong for reliability
The current SEAT Leon is a proud member of the Volkswagen Group, so is made up of parts and components that also go into the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. However, what SEAT has over its VW bedfellows is style, with the Leon by far the prettiest of the bunch thanks to a striking design and sharp looks. We think it's a great all-rounder and excellent value too, which is why the Leon was named Carbuyer's Best Family Car for 2014.
SEAT used to get the rest of the group's hand-me-down technology and mechanicals, but now it comes packed with every bit of cutting edge equipment that SEAT can cram inside – despite remaining substantially cheaper to buy than the Golf. That lower price point makes it a challenger for a chunk of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra mass market rather than its sister cars, while thanks to its lower and wider dimensions, this generation of Leon is more practical than the car it replaced, too. Inside, both ride comfort and interior quality are significantly better than the in its predecessor, making the Leon an appealing long-distance cruiser.
The SEAT Leon comes in three main specifications – entry-level S, mid-range SE and top-of-the-range FR. There's also the three-door SEAT Leon SC available, which is a rivals for the Kia Pro_cee’d and Vauxhall Astra GTC, while the SEAT Leon ST estate offers even greater practicality, too.