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SEAT Leon (2012 – 2019)

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Summary


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 arrived in the UK to replace it in late 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. In its 2021 owners’ survey, What Car? rated the petrol-engined Leon in equal seventh place (alongside the Volvo V40) on its list of the most reliable family cars up to five years old. However, the diesel-engined Leon finished dead last, with four times as many problems as the petrol models.

Key specifications


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


Media reviews


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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 However, this rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid.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 economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The SEAT Leon was not lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the SEAT Leon has received

2018

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

2017

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

2015

  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Family Car of the Year

2014

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

2013

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

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SEAT Leon (2012 – 2019)The SEAT Leon received good media reviews throughout its life, with a consensus that it offered most of the qualities of a VW Golf at a lower price.