Skip advert
Advertisement

SEAT Leon ST estate (2014-2020)

"The SEAT Leon ST estate takes the sharp looks and great driving experience of the hatchback and adds a much bigger boot"

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

Read owner reviews

Pros

  • Great range of engines
  • Stylish design
  • Fun to drive

Cons

  • Slightly bland interior
  • Rear seats don't fold flat
  • Beaten by rivals on boot space

Building on the strengths of the SEAT Leon hatchback, the SEAT Leon ST estate adds a healthy dose of practicality and provides the Spanish carmaker with a rival to the Volkswagen Golf Estate and Skoda Octavia Estate. These VW Group offerings have a lot in common mechanically, but each has its own distinct style and personality.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The Leon ST has the sportiest demeanor of the three and can almost equal the Ford Focus Estate for driving fun. It’s also not far from matching the Kia Ceed Sportswagon for value, or the Peugeot 308 SW for versatility and style.

Where the Golf looks classy and the Octavia is understated and robust, the Leon ST takes on a more aggressive look, with a tapering roofline and sharply creased sides. As a result of its curvaceous styling there’s a little less boot space than in its two VW Group sisters, but interior space is still generous. An update in February 2017 refreshed the Leon’s style with SEAT’s latest front grille and introduced LED front and rear lights for the top trim levels.

The Leon ST’s engine line-up ranges from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol to an economical 2.0-litre diesel with a variety of power outputs. Each has been tried and tested in cars as disparate as the SEAT Mii city car and Volkswagen Passat Estate. Whichever engine you go for, the Leon ST has plenty of appeal for the enthusiastic driver – but if you’re hungry for more power, there’s always the SEAT Leon ST Cupra 300 – as powerful as the Volkswagen Golf R Estate.

Cupra versions aside, the Leon ST line-up consists of SE, SE Dynamic, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux trim levels. Xcellence was introduced as part of a 2017 update, with ambient lighting, chrome exterior trim, keyless entry and optional Alcantara and leather upholstery. This top version also includes standard LED headlights and tail-lights, improved connectivity (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and driver assistance features, such as blind-spot monitoring, plus the ability for the car to drive itself in traffic jams.

The ST boasts the same impressive quality as the Leon hatchback and enjoys the same five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP. It’s likely to prove a pleasure to own, too – the SEAT Leon range finished 52nd out of the top 100 cars ranked in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey of cars currently on sale in the UK.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers
Carbuyer best new car deals hero
Deals
19 Jul 2024

Best new car deals 2024: this week’s best PCP finance offers

All-new Audi A5: the sleek successor to the Audi A4
Audi A5 Avant front quarter
News
16 Jul 2024

All-new Audi A5: the sleek successor to the Audi A4

EU introduces new tyre rules potentially saving consumers £5.9 billion a year
Michelin tyres
News
19 Jul 2024

EU introduces new tyre rules potentially saving consumers £5.9 billion a year

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
26 Mar 2024

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Public EV charge point
Tips and advice
11 Jan 2023

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
21 Mar 2024

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors

Top 10 best electric cars 2024
Best electric cars
Best cars
16 May 2024

Top 10 best electric cars 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024
The best cheap-to-run cars 2023
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024
Fastest hot hatchbacks hero
Best cars
2 Jan 2024

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2024