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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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PROS

  • Great range of fuel efficient and low emitting engines
  • Plenty of standard equipment
  • Interior is of a much better quality than before

CONS

  • Angular mirrors means wind noise can be irritating
  • No sporty trim for 1.0-litre petrol

Verdict

This is the third generation SEAT Leon. It comes with an all-new chassis, an expanded engine line-up as well as eye-catching looks.

The Spanish hatchback is smarter and features a host of new technology that SEAT hopes will give the likes of the Ford Focus, Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf a real run for their money.

Mid-life refresh in 2017

SEAT decided to make the front of the car a little bolder in 2017 with a remodelled bumper and grille, plus the option of LED headlights, front fog lights and indicators.

Inside the old infotainment system was replaced with a five or eight inch unit, which gained a home button and improved menu layout. The rest of the centre console was shuffled around and a new electronic parking brake added, freeing up space for a larger cubby and wireless charging pad.

Safety kit debuted on the Ateca was added, including Traffic Jam Assist, Pedestrian Protection System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, and parking assist.

The engine range was updated too – a more powerful version of the 1.6-litre diesel was added and a 1.0-litre, 115hp petrol unit that had previously been available in Europe made its way to the UK.

Engine line-up

Taking full advantage of the VW Group’s cache of engines, the SEAT Leon boasts a wide range of petrol and diesel units.

The 1.0-litre TSI kicks of the four-strong petrol range, supplemented by a 1.2-litre motor and a 1.4-litre in two states of tune.

There are three diesels, ranging from the entry-level 1.6-litre to a 2.0-litre boasting two power outputs. The former comes with a five-speed manual gearbox, the rest have six gears or an optional seven-speed DSG automatic.

SEAT Leon practicality

The third generation Leon offers more practicality with a 39-litre increase in boot size to make a total luggage capacity of 380 litres. The wheelbase is also slightly longer to give more room for rear-seat passengers.

The SEAT Leon is also cheaper than the majority of its rivals, boasts plenty of standard equipment and comes with a range of fuel efficient, low CO2-emitting engines.

Read our full SEAT Leon review to see why we rate it so highly.

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