Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Interior fit and finish are both of a high quality, with soft-touch plastics used for the dashboard and some nice fabrics.

The major controls are nicely laid out and logical to operate. There’s also a conventional handbrake rather than a push-button electronic item – not necessarily a bad thing.

The standard colour touchscreen is nicely integrated into the centre console in-line with the air vents and main instrument cluster, and it’s easily viewed without removing your eyes from the road for too long.

FR-spec cars have a sportier atmosphere with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and various bits of red stitching around the interior.

Front-seat occupants will find SEAT Leon SC comfort levels enhanced by sports seats with deeper bolsters than those of the regular Leon for extra side support. They’re standard across the SC range for all trim levels.

Things aren’t bad for rear passengers either, with a decent amount of space despite the chopped roofline. They’ll have to make do without electric windows though as the SC’s rear windows are fixed.

Front visibility is good thanks to relatively slim windscreen pillars and over-the-shoulder visibility isn’t the nightmare it is in some three-door cars.

The Leon makes a capable motorway cruiser and you’d have no qualms about tackling a long journey. There is a noticeable amount of wind noise at higher speeds, but it doesn’t spoil things too much.