Review

SEAT Leon hatchback

£16,115 - £24,170

The SEAT Leon is from the Volkswagen Group so it consists of many of the parts and components from rivals like the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. However, the Leon has something that its sister cars don’t have and that's style… in bucket loads.

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.

Gone are the days of SEAT receiving the rest of the group's hand-me-down parts - the new Leon comes packed with cutting-edge equipment and is still cheaper to buy than the VW Golf. The lower price is what sets it apart from the rest, and you could even say it is competition to less premium alternatives like 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; the 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 Procee’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, available with 261bhp, or the Leon Cupra 280 with 276bhp.