SEAT Leon ST Road Test (2014)

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SEAT Leon Review

Comfort levels are good for all occupants and there is plenty of leg, head and shoulder space in the rear seats ...

Comfort and Refinement

Comfort levels are good for all occupants and there is plenty of leg, head and shoulder space in the rear seats.

Our test car was fitted with standard cloth seats but they were very supportive and boasted an eye-catching pattern that helped to make them stand out.

We did find adjusting the seat’s height along with the fore and aft positioning a little fiddly and it took a while to find the ideal driving position, but that’s a one-off issue unless the car is being shared with other drivers.

The car was also fitted with a Winter Pack (£350 option) which added heated front seats, a headlight washer system and heated front washer nozzles. This so-called “luxury” would be an absolute must in our book.

The SEAT Leon ST certainly has its own identity and boasts features such as a soft-touch dashboard, chrome trim and shapely instrumentation panels.

Safety and Security

Safety is paramount when designing any car, but takes on an extra sense of importance when families are involved.

The SEAT Leon ST has been awarded the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests and all models feature nine airbags. The car is fitted with anti-lock braking, traction control, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist, an automatic post-collision braking system and tyre pressure monitoring.

There are additional options such as a Safety Pack costing £115 which introduces Tiredness Recognition and a Driver Assist Pack priced at £295 which adds Lane Assist and High Beam Assist. The latter must be used in conjunction with a Convenience Pack costing £150 which brings with it an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic wipers and automatic headlights.

All models feature a full complement of security equipment as standard, including remote central locking, an alarm system and electronic engine immobiliser.

Infotainment

Every SEAT Leon ST is fitted with a five-inch colour touchscreen and an infotainment interface as standard from which a whole array of techno treats can be accessed.

Features include an MP3-compatible CD player, DAB radio, Satellite Navigation, USB port, SD card slot, Bluetooth connectivity, six speakers, steering wheel-mounted controls and plenty more besides.

The clarity of the sound system was pitch-perfect and it was very simple to navigate from radio to CD to external media devices. Many manufacturers over-complicate simplistic tasks such as turning down the volume on the car’s sound system or increasing the cabin temperature. Thankfully, SEAT is not a culprit.

Between the speedometer and rev counter is a screen that can display vital information such as mpg, miles left in the tank, audio settings and a digital speedo reading.

This information is easily controlled via the steering wheel.

Rivals
  • Honda Civic Tourer
  • Skoda Octavia Estate
  • Ford Focus Estate
  • Vauxhall Astra Estate
  • Kia cee’d Sportwagon
  • VW Golf Estate
What We Liked
  • SEAT individuality
  • Stylish yet practical design
  • Dynamic handling
  • Smooth ride
  • Good trim levels
  • Wide choice of economical engines
  • Massive boot space
  • Through-hatch for carrying skis
  • Value for money
  • Easy-to-operate controls
What We Disliked
  • Road noise
  • Seat adjustments not very smooth
  • Over-complicated option packs (you need to have Convenience Pack to get Driver Assist Pack)
What We Would Like To See
  • Less road noise
  • Simplified option packs
Conclusion

The SEAT Leon ST is a great car that combines all the fun and driving dynamics that epitomise the SEAT brand - along with all the practicality and versatility needed from an estate car.

SEAT have somehow made boring seem exciting.

30 January 2014 Maxine Ashford
SEAT Leon Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSEAT Leon ST SE 1.6 TDI 105 PS
  
Body Type5-door Estate
ColourTechnic Grey
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph11.1 Seconds
Top Speed 119 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban61.4 mpg
Extra Urban85.6 mpg
Combined74.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group13
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000 Miles
Price (when tested on the 30/01/14)£19,495 plus £3,330 optional extras

The information contained within this SEAT Leon ST review may have changed since publication on the 30 January 2014. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local SEAT dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2018