SEAT Leon FR Review

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SEAT Leon Review

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FR A quick rundown of the SEAT Leon FR's fuel consumption: the petrol version has figures of: 28.2-, 49.6- and 38.7mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined, respectively with 170g/km CO2 emissions.

A quick rundown of the SEAT Leon FR's fuel consumption: the petrol version has figures of: 28.2-, 49.6- and 38.7mpg for the urban, extra-urban and combined, respectively with 170g/km CO2 emissions. The diesel, on the other hand, returns 40.9-, 64.2- and 53.3mpg for the same respective cycles and just 139g/km emissions and it is just as much fun.

Just like the new SEAT Ibiza, the SEAT Leon now comes with Hill Hold Control to go with other electronic safety features such as the aforementioned, ESP, ABS with Traction Control (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist and DSR, Driver Steering Recommendation, that helps to keep the car on course when it matters. Another hidden asset is the BSW system that cleans the brake discs every time the windscreen wipers are activated.

All but the S and Ecomotive S come with fog lights that now have a cornering function but the Bi-xenon headlights with AFS; Adaptive Front-lighting System is an option. However, standard passive-safety equipment includes two front, side and curtain airbags, pre-tensioners and belt-force limiters for the front seats and ISOFIX anchors on the outer rear seats.

As part of the new revisions, the SEAT Leon now has a redesigned, multi-functional steering wheel and changes have been made to the controls and instruments, tunnel console and seats. The steering wheel mounted controls have gained silver bezels to match those of the air vents, while the backlit display screens and instrument dials have self-adjusting illumination that changes according to the light in the cabin. Generally, the dials are LCD but the trim levels with Bluetooth have TFT screen providing extra clarity for the information screen.

The SEAT Leon's centre console is fairly imposing and, as well as being slightly angled towards the driver, it has also been designed to appear to float. In the test car it was dominated by the satellite navigation screen that also shows a pictogram of the front and rear proximity sensors. Just above the screen is a CD slot, which unfortunately serves both the navigation and the audio so, it would seem that it is a case of one or the other, which was a tad annoying.

The tunnel console starts in the depths, at the base of the centre console. Here you will find the AUX socket and USB, airbag deactivation, hazard light button and a cup-holder, just ahead of the high-level, short-throw gearshift. Moving further back, next to the recessed parking brake handle is another console with control for the powered door mirrors, a 12v socket, an off-switch for the parking sensors and buttons for the Tyre-pressure Monitoring System and universal door locking. Even further back are two more cup-holders for the rear passengers but they are largely useless as the front occupants' elbows get in the way.

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SEAT Leon Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Leon FR
  
Body TypeHatchback
ColourCrono Yellow
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8 Seconds
Top Speed 133 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed DSG
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban39.8 mpg
Extra Urban 58.9 mpg
Combined50.4 mpg
  
Insurance Group8
Euro NCAP Rating4 Star
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 07/12/09)£18,900

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