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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
SEAT Leon Hatchback (2005 - 2012) Review Video
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PROS

Sporty and distinctive styling, great to drive, well built and reliable, good value for money, low emissions Ecomotive models

CONS

Firm ride, some hard interior plastics, noisy diesel engines

PROS

Sporty and distinctive styling, great to drive, well built and reliable, good value for money, low emissions Ecomotive models

CONS

Firm ride, some hard interior plastics, noisy diesel engines

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Verdict

SEAT has a reputation for producing sporty cars based on reliable Volkswagen components and the Leon shows the company at its best. It may be based on the Golf but you'd never know from the looks - it's distinctive and athletic with some neat touches like the concealed rear door handles which make it appear like a coupe. The sporty styling is reflected in the handling - the Leon is sharp, precise and great fun to drive - even with the more modest powerplants.

It's good value too, however some of the interior plastics feel a little cheap and the older diesel engines, especially the 1.9 TDI, are on the noisy side. In 2009 the Leon was revised with subtle exterior changes, a more sophisticated interior and new engines. There are also Ecomotive models, some of which qualify for free road tax.

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