Five trim levels are on offer across the five-door range, including a new top-level XCellence grade. But perhaps most notable is the excellent safety package.
Standard safety features extend to multi-collision braking and a new tiredness recognition system, that reacts to changes in the inputs to the steering wheel and sounds a warning. DSG (automatic) models gain a host of extras including a lane-keeping function and even the ability to slow the car to a stop if the driver does not react after a certain period.
Other new technology options available with the Leon are headed by connectivity. These range up to a hub that maintains full functions of any smartphone through the car while wirelessly charging said phone at the same time.
The SEAT Leon has always been regarded very highly and the package of updates applied to the latest model simply enhance a quality package. It’s thoroughly practical while offering more personality than its perhaps more mainstream-regarded sister, the Volkswagen Golf. Buyers in the market for a family hatch should have the Leon high on their consideration list.
SEAT Leon five-door – key specification
Models tested: SEAT Leon Technology 1.0 TSI 115hp six-speed manual, 1.4 EcoTSI 150hp seven-speed auto, 1.6 TDI 115hp seven-speed auto.
On Sale: Feb 2017
Engines: Petrol 1.0, 1.2, 1.4 (2), 1.8. Diesel 1.6, 2.0 (2).
Power (hp): 115, 110, 125/150, 180. 115, 150/184.
Torque (Nm): 200, 175, 200/250, 250. 250, 340/380.
0-62mph (sec):9.6, 9.9, 9.1/8.0, 7.5. 9.8, 8.4/7.5.
Top speed (mph): 123, 121, 126/140. 122, 134/142.
Fuel economy (combined, mpg): 64.2, 57.6, 54.3/57.6, 47.1. 70.6, 64.2/62.8.
CO2 emissions (g/km): 102, 114, 120/114,138. 105, 112/118.
Key rivals: Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Renault Megane.
Test Date: April 2017
All figures best results with manual gearbox where available.