SEAT Leon hatchback (2013-2020) - Reliability & safety

The stylish looks of the SEAT Leon are underpinned by proven VW Group technology and impressive reliability

Carbuyer Rating

3.6 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

Despite SEAT and Skoda sharing many parts, Skoda performs slightly better when it comes to owner satisfaction.

SEAT Leon reliability

The SEAT Leon was rated 52nd overall out of the 100 models that appear in our Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. Of the owners who responded, 15.6% reported experiencing a problem with their car at least once in the first year, with electrical and gearbox gremlins cited most often.

Safety

The SEAT Leon secured the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests thanks to its stiff body and the fact that all models now have autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment. It was given particular praise thanks to how it protects all of its occupants, regardless of their age or size. Adult occupant protection was rated at 94% and child protection at 92% – both of which are excellent scores.

It also did reasonably well at protecting errant pedestrians, scoring 70% – something not all of its rivals do so well. A 71% score for safety assistance completed the Leon’s impressive set of results. Euro NCAP added that it would expect the SEAT Leon ST estate to perform similarly in a crash.

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