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SEAT Leon (2012 – 2019)

Not a current model

The SEAT Leon is a family hatchback and estate model that shares its platform with the Volkswagen Golf and several other cars in the Volkswagen group.

This model was launched in 2012 and ended production in 2019. An all-new model is set to arrive in the UK in 2020.

The SEAT Leon range received consistently good to very good scores from the UK media all the way through its production cycle, with the general consensus that it enjoyed most of the qualities of the Volkswagen Golf Mk7 from the same era – but at a lower price.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the SEAT Leon ranked 46th. The diesel models didn’t make the top 50.

Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £18,265 on-road

Launched: 2012
Last updated: Winter 2016/17
Replacement due: Summer 2020


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

The Car Expert


Auto Express












Honest John




Top Gear


What Car?




Safety rating

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

The SEAT Leon was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2012 and was awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid.

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The SEAT Leon has not yet been lab-tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.


Trophies, prizes and awards that the SEAT Leon has received


  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car for less than £18,000


  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car, £18,000 – £20,000


  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Family Car of the Year


  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Family Car of the Year + Estate Car of the Year


  • Auto Express Awards – Car of the Year + Best Compact Family Car

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