Seat Leon

Seat Leon information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about the Spanish Golf. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Leon car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive content.


The latest Seat Leon makes the most of its new-gen Golf platform to be the best family hatch it can be. And a small estate (the ST). And a crossover (the Leon X-Perience). And a seriously rapid hot hatch (the Cupra). For more information on the Leon, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test

This is a truly excellent family hatch. It does everything a Golf can do, while looking sexier and costing less. What’s not to like? Handling is superb, with the ride quality striking a great balance between taut and smooth even on stiffer-sprung, larger-wheeled FR trim variants. There are toys aplenty, even on the basic S trim, and running costs are extremely competitive. One of the best buys in the mid-sized hatch market at the moment.

The one we’d buy

If possible, the Cupra. If not, the 1.8 TSI is speedy enough for most occasions. Diesel lovers should choose the 148bhp 2.0-litre – it’s a great all-rounder. Suffice to say, there are lots of good choices here

The one we’d avoid like the plague

X-Perience arguably a bit pointless 

Rivals to consider

Audi A3, Ford Focus, Hyundai i30, Skoda Octavia, Vauxhall Astra, VW Golf


Looks great, handles beautifully, great engine range, Cupra is monumentally quick


Interior’s a bit bland, touchscreen is fiddly, glovebox CD player impossible to use on the move

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