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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Plenty of front and rear passenger space
  • Respectable boot size
  • Five-star safety rating in 2012

The SEAT Leon delivers a solid amount of outright practicality thanks to a spacious cabin and reasonable luggage capacity. Drivers of all sizes shouldn’t have any problems getting into the front seats (although some may find the higher Arona or Ateca easier to climb into), plus storage space is ample. Note that all models apart from the entry-level SE benefit from an electronic handbrake instead of the older lever design, one of the benefits being an extra storage space between the driver and passenger.

2019 SEAT Leon rear seat passenger space

Meanwhile, those in the back are slightly shorter on storage, yet passenger room is excellent. A chunky central tunnel running through the middle of the car does however mean that foot space for those in the middle seat is restricted.

Will it fit in my garage?

Despite its spacious interior, the Leon isn’t much larger than its main rivals. In fact, it’s shorter than the Ford Focus and Hyundai i30 (and a little bit narrower than the latter), meaning garages designed for ‘average sized cars’ shouldn’t have any trouble accommodating the Leon. If things do get super-tight however, electrically folding mirrors are fitted as standard on FR models upwards.  The thick C-pillars (behind the rear doors) could hamper visibility when reversing, so we’d recommend speccing the SE Dynamic trim or upwards in order to get the standard-fit front and rear parking sensors.  

Will my luggage fit in the Leon?

The Leon offers a respectable amount of luggage space at 380 litres with the rear seats in place and 1,210 with them folded down. This compares well against rivals such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, although lags behind Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308. You’ll also want to keep the high loading lip in mind, too, as this could make trickier to lift heavy items in. Meanwhile, the rear seats fold in a basic 60:40 split, lying almost flat when pushed down.

2019 SEAT Leon boot capacity

How safe is the Leon?

  • Five-star safety rating in 2012
  • Range of optional safety kit added in 2017
  • Cruise control standard across the range

SEAT Leon safety levels are good – Euro NCAP awarded it five stars in 2012, boosting its appeal to safety-conscious drivers and fleets. Be aware, however, that the crash safety body regularly tightens up its tests, so it’s likely that a five-star car in 2017 performs better than a five-star car from 2012 with the same overall score. In fact, the Leon's safety has been reviewed every year since, and was still valid as of March 2018. In January 2019 the rating had expired, but that doesn't mean the car is unsafe - far from it. 

Standard safety kit includes stability control with tyre pressure monitoring, driver and front passenger airbags as well as front, side and curtain airbags. There’s also a driver's knee airbag, alarm and remote central locking. From 2017 you could also add Traffic Jam Assist, Pedestrian Protection System, Traffic Sign Recognition, Blind Spot Detection, and parking assist.

Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the SEAT Leon Hatchback (13-20).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

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
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Cupra equipment

Cupra standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Cupra optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim

Cupra Lux equipment

Cupra Lux standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Cupra Lux optional equipment
None available

Cupra R equipment

Cupra R standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Cupra R optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Space saver spare wheel

FR equipment

FR standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
FR optional equipment
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

FR Black equipment

FR Black standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
FR Black optional equipment
None available

FR Black Edition equipment

FR Black Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric mirrors
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
FR Black Edition optional equipment
None available

FR Sport equipment

FR Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
FR Sport optional equipment
None available

FR Technology equipment

FR Technology standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
FR Technology optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
S optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Steel wheels

SDZ equipment

SDZ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
SDZ optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
SE optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav

SE Dynamic equipment

SE Dynamic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
SE Dynamic optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors

SE Dynamic Technology equipment

SE Dynamic Technology standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
SE Dynamic Technology optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors

SE Technology equipment

SE Technology standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
SE Technology optional equipment
None available

SEZ equipment

SEZ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Side airbags
  • Traction control
SEZ optional equipment
None available

Xcellence equipment

Xcellence standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Xcellence optional equipment
None available

Xcellence Lux equipment

Xcellence Lux standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Xcellence Lux optional equipment
None available

Xcellence Technology equipment

Xcellence Technology standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Xcellence Technology optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The SEAT Leon Hatchback (13-20) was tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2012
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 94%
Child Occupant: 92%
Vulnerable Road Users: 70%
Safety Assist: 71%

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.