New SEAT Leon plug-in hybrid goes on sale

Efficient new model brings a 36-mile electric range.

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SEAT’s efficient new Leon plug-in hybrid has hit the market with prices starting from £30,970.

Combining a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and 13kWh battery pack, the Leon plug-in hybrid is capable of returning up to 235.4mpg and emissions as low as 27g/km.

It’s able to drive on electric power for up to 36 miles, too, while the battery pack can be fully charged in just four hours via a conventional domestic supply. Power is sent to the road through a six-speed DSG automatic transmission, while SEAT claims that it’s capable of going from 0-60mph in under 7.5 seconds.

The new plug-in hybrid powertrain is available on FR, FR Sport, Xcellence, Xcellence Lux and First Edition specifications, too.

SEAT has also incorporated a new mild-hybrid engine into the Leon’s line-up. It takes a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and combines this with a 48-volt starter-generator and compact battery to allow the car to coast with the engine switched off, therefore reducing emissions and improving efficiency. It can also add an extra ‘boost’ when accelerating.

Prices for the SEAT Leon plug-in hybrid model start from £22,720, yet a high level of standard equipment brings features such as 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear side windows and SEAT’s full digital cockpit system, which replaces to the traditional dials ahead of the driver for customisable screens. A ten-inch infotainment system gives access to media and satellite navigation functions, too.

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Jack Evans
Jack Evans
Articles by Jack Evans are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.

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