SEAT Leon SC: We say goodbye

  • We bid a fond farewell to our SEAT Leon SC long-termer
  • Brilliant 1.8 TSI petrol engine leaves a lasting impression
  • Not only fun to drive but practical and comfortable too

Watching a car drive away which has brought so much driving pleasure over the past few months is never a happy experience.

But the dreaded day has arrived and we need to bid a fond farewell to our SEAT Leon SC long-termer.

Although I have only been with the Leon SC for a couple of months, I can honestly say that I’ve become pretty attached to it. Even the Moonshade paintwork I once branded ‘boring’ has grown on me.

It’s been an eventful few months with many long airport journeys and short trips to the shops to put the Leon SC through its paces and its performance has exceeded my own expectations at every turn.  

One of the biggest highlights is the impressive 1.8 litre turbocharged petrol engine which has proved powerful and quick. There's 178bhp at your disposal which means pulling out of busy junctions or gaining speed on a slip road is a breeze with an official 0-62mph time of 7.4 seconds.

I took full advantage of the Leon SC's sharp handling and sporty FR suspension too. With plenty of grip on offer and virtually no body roll produced in the corners, our test car made easy work of the many country lanes surrounding our offices in Peterborough. Nippy and agile on its feet, our long-termer never failed to produce a permanent smile on my face.

Through its time with us the Leon SC not only proved that it’s fun to drive, but that it’s practical and comfortable too, more than capable of dealing with a 400-mile long journey for a weekend in Blackpool earlier in the year.  

Plus, not only did I beat my colleague Graeme at an arm wrestle to take custodianship of the car, I have also whopped his behind in the fuel economy stakes too.

Averaging around 33mpg during its time with Graeme, I was surprised to be achieving well over 38mpg, of course nowhere close to the 49mpg average claimed figure but still, that's not bad at all.

Although the interior is perhaps not the most exciting place to be, there is a good amount of kit in our long-term test car including a five-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Bluetooth, tinted rear windows, parking sensors, cruise control and dual-zone climate control all available as standard.

SEAT is also offering a free 'Tech Pack' with SE and FR grades at the moment which includes sat-nav, LED lights and DAB radio free of charge.

If you like your music then the eight speakers on offer as standard should be more than enough to deal with most hardcore tunes – I particularly took advantage of all those speakers when transporting me and my Nephew to a McBusted concert earlier in the year.

So all in all it’s been a great few months, the Leon has proved reliable, comfortable and a fun companion, so I must admit being very sad to have to say goodbye. 

It’s not all bad news though as our Leon SC is being replaced by the even sportier Cupra version to be run by my colleague Gareth Evans.

I wonder if Gareth would be up for an arm-wrestle…

Miles covered: 7,111

MPG: 38.42 (calc)