The SEAT Leon is a rival for the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. As part of the Volkswagen Group, the Leon shares its engine range, much of its technology and many mechanical parts with the latest Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3. However, unlike previous years – where SEAT has had to use older technology – the new Leon gets the very latest VW Group know-how, while remaining around 10 per cent cheaper to buy than the equivalent VW Golf. While still overtly stylish, the new Leon's design is also more practical than before, while both interior and ride comfort have been improved from the previous car. It also achieved a full five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP.