The SEAT Leon rarely disappoints.
The Cupra aside, the front seats in the SEAT Leon FR are in the same style as the rest of the range, in that they are sporty, well contoured with large supportive hip, side- and shoulder-bolsters. However, the test car had the optional Silver Alcantara and Black Cloth upholstery pack, which adds £320 to the OTR price.
The rear seats have a 60:40 split and fold function with a bench squab, which are not quite as contoured as the front seats but comfortable nonetheless. And, with the long-ish wheelbase, there is plenty of legroom available for three adults. With the seat-backs in place there is 341-litres of sensible luggage space, which increases to a maximum of 1,166-litres with them folded.
There are six trim levels plus two Ecomotive versions with prices ranging between £13,500 for the 1.4 in S trim and £20,450 for the SEAT Leon Cupra. The test car bore a price tag of £18,900 before the extra Technology and Convenience Pack was added. There are quite a few optional extras and packs but they are just that - extras, as the SEAT Leon is already well equipped.
There is far more to the SEAT Leon than I have space for but rest assured, whatever the trim level, the sporty attitude portrayed on the outside is, to various degrees, exactly what you get. The SEAT Leon rarely disappoints.7 December 2009
SEAT Leon Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||SEAT Leon FR|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||133 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||58.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||4 Star|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 07/12/09)||£18,900|