SEAT Leon hatchback

£16,115 - £24,170

The SEAT Leon is a Volkswagen Group car, so it shares many components with rivals such as the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. However, the Leon has something that its sister cars don't – ultra-stylish looks.

We think it's a great all-rounder and excellent value, which is why the Leon was named Carbuyer's Best Family Car for 2014.

Gone are the days of SEAT receiving the rest of the VW Group's hand-me-down parts – the new Leon comes packed with cutting-edge equipment and is still cheaper to buy than a Golf. The lower price is what sets it apart from the rest, and you could even say it's a rival for less upmarket models such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.

Thanks to its lower and wider dimensions, this generation of Leon is more practical than the car it replaced. It's more pleasing to look at outside and inside, too, as interior quality is significantly better than in its predecessor.

There are three trim levels to choose from: entry-level S, mid-range SE and top-of-the-range FR. There's a three-door SEAT Leon SC available, rivaling the Kia Pro_cee’d and Vauxhall Astra GTC, and a SEAT Leon ST estate that offers even more practicality.

Leon buyers looking for plenty of performance have the choice of the Leon Cupra, which makes 261bhp, or the Leon Cupra 280, with 276bhp.