SEAT Leon (Rear Side View) (2013)
SEAT Leon (Rear Side View) (2013)

Ride and Handling

This latest Leon feels more planted and secure on the road, with tauter handling and an improved calibre of ride and handling. This is the first time the Leon has had the same chassis structure as the latest generation Golf, and it shows in a car that is upgraded dynamically. It feels grippy on a twisty road, with good steering feel and strong brakes that haul the speed back smoothly and progressively.

The suspension set-up varies across the range. Lower-powered models have McPherson struts at the front end and a torsion beam rear suspension, but more powerful versions have multi-link rear suspension, a more sophisticated design that gives the car extra poise for press-on driving.

Ease of Use

Size-wise, the new Leon is very slightly smaller than its predecessor. It is 52 mm shorter, but the wheelbase is 58 mm longer, so the wheels are just slightly further out towards the corners. This has helped enable a bit more space to be shoehorned into the boot, which is now 39 litres bigger than the old model, with a capacity of 380 litres. The rear seats fold down to extend the load space, but it is a pity that they do not go completely flat. All-round vision out of the car is pretty reasonable, but like many modern cars it has quite fat rear pillars that you have to be careful to see around when manoeuvring.

SEAT Leon Road Test | Part Three
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