ACURA Sport Car | 2017 SEAT Leon range
Stylish, good packaged, competitively-priced too boasting bang-up driving dynamics, the 3rd generation SEAT Leon has ever been a bang-up theatre unit of measurement hatchback choice.
Five years later its launch too the Leon has received a mid-life mini-makeover, equipment upgrades too to a greater extent than engine choices to croak on it upwardly in that location amongst the best.
Always an attractive car, the Leon straight off looks fifty-fifty sharper cheers to a lower, wider bonnet, revised forepart bumper, wider grille too novel LED lights forepart too rear.
The interior looks much the same (ie good position together too driver-focused). However, there’s a novel electrical handbrake, which frees upwardly infinite inwards the centre console) ambient lighting inwards the doors, plus novel reduce too upholstery.
There’s roughly a 50/50 separate amid Leon customers betwixt person buyers too fleet purchasers too half-dozen reduce levels are available.
Priced from £17,455, in that location are half-dozen specs inwards all too evidently the higher y'all go, the to a greater extent than y'all larn for your money. The listing of gadgets too driver security aids is enormous.
Even the entry bird southward spec comes amongst a 5-inch infotainment screen, but we’d recommend going for the SE Dynamic Technology reduce bird too inwards a higher house for an 8-inch touchscreen, DAB too sat nav.
Safety features include automatic emergency braking, which automatically applies the brakes if it looks similar you’re going to run into the auto inwards forepart inwards stop-start traffic, plus Tired Recognition, which recognises diminishing driver concentration too sounds a warning.
Available equally a three-door (SC), five-door or estate (SC), the Leon arrive at is straight off available amongst 8 engines, including an economical 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine for the get-go time.
There’s too the 1.4EcoTSI petrol unit of measurement which is expected to move the well-nigh pop selection – too it has a describe a fast ane on upwardly its sleeve.
Meanwhile, the 1.6 TDI gets a mightiness boost to 115PS spell nevertheless offering a potential 70.6mpg fuel economic scheme too depression emissions of 105g/km.
Finally the flagship SEAT Leon Cupra 290 gets an additional 10PS, making it the Cupra 300.
The novel 115PS 1.0-litre is worth a special mention. It’s remarkable to intend these high-revving three-pots are the equivalent of a 1.6 or fifty-fifty 1.8 of yesteryear, but this punchy picayune engine industrial plant a process inwards the Leon too is remarkably refined.
It too offers depression CO2 emissions of 102g/km, a move past times speed of 123mph too a potential 64.2mpg.
The 150PS 1.4EcoTSI is merely equally smoothen too too has enough of mightiness on tap (0-62mph inwards 8.0 seconds) – too cheers to its clever mightiness to seamlessly nigh downward 2 cylinders when they are non needed, it’s capable of 57.6mpg.
I can’t say I noticed the extra horses inwards the awesome Cupra, such is its phenomenal plough of speed too handling. I had a spin inwards a manual too DSG auto versions too I’d select the latter, if solely because it allows y'all to croak on both hands on the bicycle spell that awesome mightiness is beingness fed to all iv wheels.
Needless to say, it’s blisteringly fast (0-62mph inwards 5.6 seconds), agile too enormous fun. Priced at £30,155, it’s a expert few grand cheaper than its cousin, the Golf R.
Sporty treatment has ever been a Leon trademark, too it doesn’t disappoint elsewhere inwards the arrive at amongst the smaller engined cars, too the all-wheel drive X-PERIENCE estate.
Some may detect the ride a picayune on the theatre side, but if that’s the cost to pay for such an engaging drive, too then it’s good worth it.
If you’re inwards the marketplace for a theatre unit of measurement hatchback, the Leon is definitely worth considering – merely tread carefully through the reduce levels too optional extras.
I’d peculiarly recommend test-driving the five-door 1.0 TSI Ecomotive. Its impressive petrol turbo is good suited to the Leon too the SE Technology comes inwards at nether £20,000.