- Efficient engines
- Good load space
- Practical storage options
- Sporty looks
- No sporty trim for the 1.0-litre engine
This is the all-new SEAT Leon ST - an estate version of the popular Leon hatchback.
With a wide range of Volkswagen Group engines and gearboxes, it’s a decent thing to drive, and it’s packed with standard kit too.
Little of the car’s attractiveness has been lost in the estate transition, but what’s gained is a larger boot: up 207 litres over the five-door hatchback’s cargo bay at 587 litres with the rear seats up. Fold them flat for larger loads and you’ll liberate 1,470 litres of space.
Updated in 2016
In order to keep things fresh the Leon was given a new face as part of a mid-life update, including a remodelled bumper and grille, plus optional LED headlights, front fog lights and indicators.
Inside a 5- or 8-inch infotainment system was transplanted into a new look centre console. More storage was added thanks to a space saving electronic parking brake, so you can now add a wireless charging pad for your smartphone.
Safety kit previously made available on the Ateca was also added, including Traffic Jam Assist, Pedestrian Protection System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, and parking assist.
Finally two new engine options were added – a more powerful version of the 1.6-litre diesel, plus a 1.0-litre, 115hp petrol unit made its way to the UK having already been sold in Europe.
Lighter weight equals greater efficiency
Despite being 27cm longer than the hatchback, the Leon ST is only 45kg heavier. This is thanks to SEAT using lightweight construction methods in the conversion to estate form. This benefits fuel consumption and emission figures, which in most cases are barely worse than the hatchback’s.
Three petrol engines and three diesels
Under the Leon ST’s bonnet is a choice of seven turbocharged engines, all of which are familiar from other SEATs. Depending on which motor you go for, it will be available with either a five- or six-speed manual gearbox as well as a quick-shifting seven-speed twin-clutch DSG automatic.
Petrol fans can choose between the 1.0-litre 115hp three cylinder plus four cylinder 1.2- and 1.4-litre units.
If you require the greater economy of diesel motoring then there’s everything from a 115hp 1.6-litre to a 190hp 2.0-litre TDI. The latter manages a claimed 68.9mpg while emitting just 121g/km of CO2 and 61.4mpg, despite being the fastest accelerating model.
Latest safety technology
Trim levels mirror the existing Leon hatchback, and that means you get a high level of equipment as standard.