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(2012 - 2019)

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.

The current model was launched in 2012 and is expected to be replaced by a new model by the end of 2019 or early 2020.

The SEAT Leon range has received consistently good to very good scores from the UK media, with the general consensus that it enjoys most of the qualities of the Volkswagen Golf but at a lower price.

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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: late 2019


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

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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 However, this rating expired in January 2019 and is no longer valid.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 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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