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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

The Leon gained a four star Euro NCAP crash test rating but other hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Peugeot 308 were awarded the maximum five stars. The assessors highlighted structures in the dashboard that represent a potential hazard to the knees and femurs on the driver's side. However a four star rating for child occupant safety is impressive.

All models come with six airbags (a further two rear passenger side airbags are optional), a tyre pressure monitoring system and traction control.

With 341 litres the Leon's boot is slightly smaller than a Golf but the space is still a good size - even if the rather high boot lip hampers unloading. The rear seats split and fold 60/40 though which boosts space to 1,305 litres while up front there are two central cupholders and good sized door pockets. The rather small glovebox is annoying though - once you've stored the owner's handbook in it there's little remaining space.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the SEAT Leon Hatchback (05-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels

Ecomotive equipment

Ecomotive standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Ecomotive optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Front fog lights
  • Steel wheels

Ecomotive S equipment

Ecomotive S standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Ecomotive S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Steel wheels

Ecomotive SE equipment

Ecomotive SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Ecomotive SE optional equipment
None available

Emocion equipment

Emocion standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
Emocion optional equipment
None available

Essence equipment

Essence standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Essence optional equipment
None available

Reference equipment

Reference standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
Reference optional equipment
None available

Reference Sport equipment

Reference Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front fog lights
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
Reference Sport optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
S optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Steel wheels

S Emocion equipment

S Emocion standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Space saver spare wheel
S Emocion optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
SE optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav

SE Copa equipment

SE Copa standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE Copa optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

Stylance equipment

Stylance standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
Stylance optional equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav

Euro NCAP Rating

The SEAT Leon Hatchback (05-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 3 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.