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SEAT Leon

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Summary


The SEAT Leon is a mid-sized family car that’s based on the latest Mk 8 Volkswagen Golf and other cars in the Volkswagen family, like the new Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia.

The current Leon was launched in summer 2020, replacing the previous model that had been on sale since 2012. As before, it is available as either a five-door hatchback or an estate. A plug-in hybrid powertrain joined the usual petrol and diesel options shortly after launch.

The new SEAT Leon is considered more refined although somewhat less sporty than the previous model. The plug-in hybrid version has received particular praise. As of August 2021, its Expert Rating of 71% from 26 reviews on our unique Expert Rating index is actually four points below the old model’s score at the end of its life.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £20,400 on-road

Launched: Summer 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2020

92%

ADULT OCCUPANT

88%

CHILD OCCUPANT

71%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

80%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The SEAT Leon 2.0-litre diesel automatic estate received a three-star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “The Leon greatly impresses in this fourth-generation 2.0-litre diesel form. Equipped with the latest emissions abatement technology – three-way catalyst, selective catalytic reduction and a diesel particulate filter – the car scores well in all three areas of Green NCAP’s assessment.

“Pollutant emissions are very well controlled and energy efficiency is high, helped, no doubt, by the well-matched seven speed automatic gearbox with which the test car was equipped. Emissions of N2O reduce performance for greenhouse gas emissions to a relatively low index of 3.6/10 but the Leon emerges from Green NCAP’s tests with a solid and very creditable three-star rating.”

This rating only applies to the 2.0-litre diesel (TDI) automatic estate version of the SEAT Leon, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range (although there will be no significant difference between saloon and hatchback body styles).

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the SEAT Leon has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car

2020

  • DrivingElectric Awards – Best Small Plug-In Hybrid
  • Tow Car Awards – Best tow car, 1100 – 1200kg

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