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SEAT Leon X-perience estate (2014-2018) - Practicality & boot space

The SEAT Leon X-perience can tow more than a conventional Leon, while its raised ride height makes getting in easier

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As it’s based on the Leon ST, the Leon X-perience shares that model’s excellent practicality, while the raised ride will make it even easier to get into. The four-wheel-drive system has no impact on luggage space – unlike some rival cars.

SEAT Leon X-perience interior space & storage

Wide-opening doors mean it’s easy to climb aboard the Leon and passengers are greeted by plenty of room. Even the back seats can comfortably accommodate six-foot adults. As in most of the Leon’s rivals, the transmission tunnel running down the centre of the car limits foot space in the middle back seat. The optional £1,250 Lux pack adds high-quality leather upholstery that brings a welcome boost to the interior – it’s just a shame this isn’t standard on the top-of-the-range model.

Like the Leon ST, the X-perience has plenty of useful storage areas, including deep door bins, a large air-conditioned glovebox and a cubbyhole in the centre console.

Boot space

The Leon ST has a boot capacity of 587 litres, which is a negligible 18 litres smaller than the Volkswagen Golf estate and 23 litres short of the Skoda Octavia estate. The Honda Civic is the new class leader with a capacity of 624 litres.

Fold down the Leon’s seats (with a quick tug of a lever) and boot space increases to 1,470 litres. For £75 extra, the front passenger seat can be folded down flat for carrying extra-long loads. A two-level boot floor means it’s possible to slide heavy items through the large boot opening, while also giving you somewhere to hide valuables from prying eyes. The SEAT also offers a load cover that hooks into the rear of the back seats.

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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.

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