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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Hatchback version received five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Comprehensive suite of safety technology on offer
  • Much of it is optional, however 

The SEAT Leon Hatchback was given a five-star safety rating by car safety regulators Euro NCAP in 2012, meaning the estate version should offer excellent protection in the event of an accident. Adult occupant protection was rated at 94%, child occupant protection at 92%, pedestrian protection at 70% and level of safety technology at 71%. 

Since 2012 however, an extra suite of optional safety kit has been added to the Leon including: Traffic Jam Assist (where the car will effectively drive itself in low-speed traffic jams), autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, blindspot detection and traffic sign recognition – all of which was added in the 2017 facelift.

This came in addition to exisiting equipment such as lane departure warning, high-beam assist and adaptive cruise control. The Leon ST also boasts seven airbags (two front, two front side, two curtain and one knee) and two Isofix points on the outer rear seats.  

  • Good all-round space in both the front and rear
  • Plenty of available storage space
  • Middle rear seat best suited to children on longer journeys

Up front passenger space is perfectly ample with plenty of legroom and headroom on offer. Hop in the rear seats and it’s much the same story, though just beware that – although it’s an estate – those sat behind very tall front seat passengers may feel the pinch on legroom. The middle rear seat provides enough space for a small child, but adults will find it cramped on anything but short journeys.

According to SEAT, the new Leon ST has 13 additional cubbyholes over the hatchback. That means all-round storage space is plentiful with lots of options for all different items. Up front there’s large door pockets, a capacious armrest and glovebox, plus a useful storage area positioned just below the centre console. 

Rear passengers also benefit from some good-sized door pockets, picnic tables on the back of the front seats and cupholders in the rear armrest.

Roof rails are also standard on all models and available in black on the S trim and silver for SE and FR.

When it comes to luggage space, the SEAT Leon ST is impressive with 587 litres available. With the rear seats folded flat, this expands to 1,470 litres.

The boot has many practical storage options with hooks, compartments and a 12-volt power source available. The rear seats are simple to fold down too, with two simple levers in the boot to pull.

This may be an estate car but it barely feels any more unwieldy than the regular Leon Hatchback. The rear end will stick out a bit if you’ve got a short driveway, however, and bear in mind that parking in small spaces will require a bit of skill – especially if you haven’t specced the optional parking sensors. All-round visibility is nonetheless. 

When it comes to luggage space, the SEAT Leon ST is impressive with 587 litres available. With the rear seats folded flat, this expands to 1,470 litres.

The boot has many practical storage options with hooks, compartments and a 12-volt power source available. The rear seats are simple to fold down too, with two simple levers in the boot to pull.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the SEAT Leon ST.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • 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
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Telephone

Carbon Edition equipment

Carbon Edition standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Carbon Edition optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails

Cupra equipment

Cupra standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Cupra optional equipment
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails

Cupra Lux equipment

Cupra Lux standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Cupra Lux optional equipment
None available

Cupra R ST equipment

Cupra R ST standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Cupra R ST optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Space saver spare wheel

FR equipment

FR standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
FR optional equipment
  • Front fog lights
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone

FR Sport equipment

FR Sport standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
FR Sport optional equipment
None available

FR Technology equipment

FR Technology standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
FR Technology optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
S optional equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Telephone

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
SE optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone

SE Dynamic equipment

SE Dynamic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone
SE Dynamic optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors

SE Dynamic Technology equipment

SE Dynamic Technology standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone
SE Dynamic Technology optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails

SE Technology equipment

SE Technology standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone
SE Technology optional equipment
None available

SE Technology Business equipment

SE Technology Business standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Telephone
SE Technology Business optional equipment
None available

SEZ equipment

SEZ standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Telephone
SEZ optional equipment
None available

Xcellence equipment

Xcellence standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Xcellence optional equipment
None available

Xcellence Lux equipment

Xcellence Lux standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Xcellence Lux optional equipment
None available

Xcellence Technology equipment

Xcellence Technology standard equipment
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirrors
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
Xcellence Technology optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint