SEAT Leon Road Test (2006)
It cleans and wipes the discs, in wet conditions and is activated when the wipers have been on for more than five seconds.1 June 2006
During the test, I did a 200+ mile run to Solihull and back, mainly using motorways. The extended dimensions make for a secure feeling and the practically, non-stop trip proved to be enjoyable but at the same time, very comfortable and relaxing. Countryside driving, however, provides an opportunity to take advantage of the Leon’s agility and stability. Although, the car is fitted with ESP and Traction Control, I did manage to make it scrabble for grip momentarily on some of the uneven road surfaces along my favourite test route. The various electronic systems were swift to mop up the minor indiscretion without causing me any concern whatsoever, to the point that I went back and did it again - in the interests of science, you understand.
Apart from the more commonplace electronic wizardry, the Leon has a few other tricks up its sleeve. Incorporated into the ESP system is a little something called BSW, which is a brake-disc wiper system. It cleans and wipes the discs, in wet conditions and is activated when the wipers have been on for more than five seconds.
Overboost, increases the brake pressure when the system overheats due to over-use and helps to mitigate ‘brake-fade’. Another clever feature is Driver Steering Recommendation (DSR). This helps when the ESP system detects oversteer by subtly turning the steering wheel in the corrective direction. It is more of a hint than a nudge and doesn’t mean hands-free steering! Under normal circumstances it is almost undetectable.
I like almost everything about the Leon - the styling, the drive and the fun. It is a car for all reasons. Whether you need to accommodate a family, live in the town or country or simply enjoy driving, the Leon in one form or another, should be near, if not at the top of your list. However, I did say that I was biased.
SEAT Leon Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||SEAT Leon 2.0 FSI Stylance|
|Body Type||3-Door Hatchback|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.8 Seconds|
|Top Speed||128 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-year/60,000 mile warranty|
|Price (when tested on the 01/06/06)||£15,695|