Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Should you buy a SEAT Leon?

You know the drill. The sharply-styled hatch remains as spacious and practical as it did before, with a generous level of equipment and a good range of punchy engines. While the previous SEAT Leon had the visual appeal, it didn’t necessarily translate into a fun drive to match.

This time, the Leon genuinely drives well enough to be a rival for the Ford Focus, one of our favourite family hatchbacks, and you get a nicer and brighter interior with a full colour touchscreen as well. Which is why we can say yes, you should buy a SEAT Leon. The fitment of digital dials will appeal to some drivers, while it may put others off. We'd recommend trying them out before taking the plunge.

The Focus is still the most spacious and edges it for driving fun, if those are high on your list of priorities, while the Skoda Octavia will offer even more space and comfort. As before, the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 will feel a little more mature and premium, with a plusher interior and slightly better refinement, but you pay a premium for that.

When it comes to engines, the 130hp 1.5 TSI petrol is hard to beat, combining strong levels of performance and running costs. The plug-in hybrid e-Hybrid model offers a great deal to those who spend a lot of their time driving in urban environments, where the short doses of electric-running will be most useful. But this is a pricey option.

Those wanting a high-powered diesel engine may be a little disappointed, but as it currently stands, if you want a diesel Leon at all, it’s only available in hatchback form and not with the Estate.

SEAT expects the perky 1.0-litre TSI SE Dynamic to be the most favoured by company car drivers for its balance of low running costs, fair performance and equipment levels, while those seeking a performance version will have to wait for the Cupra Leon arriving later in 2020 or spring 2021.

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Our leasing partner, ZenAuto is offering SEAT Leons from £187 per month. The usual terms and conditions apply.

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