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Sep 18, 2018

Stylish and sophisticated with good value for money

In one line Seat Leon is a stylish, performance-oriented, sporty family car. Seat takes its fittings from some very popular brands as Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and Skoda Octavia.

From the Volkswagen group, it is probably the best choice when it comes to sports inclined family hatchbacks. However, way back when it was introduced to the market the makeup was assembled inferior to the others like this, but with its face-lift in 2016 things changed.

The present Seat Leon is a competitor with Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3. The MQB platform is taken to be the best of BMW and Seat Leon is based on it. The initial model was clumsy on the driving side but now the present one shows maturity.

It is available in three-door SC, five-door hatch or an ST estate. In 2017 some minor changes took place but the major ones are expected in the upcoming 2019 upgraded version. The details are however still hidden. For now, Leon is a powerful driving machine ready to impress you with or without any face-lift.

A long list of engines all impressive in their own way

Leon is not short of engines whether they are petrol or diesel.

Petrol Range: To start with there is a 1.0-litre TSI with 113bhp and have a decent punch and have a good fuel economy. Up next is the 1.2-litre giving 108 bhp able to cover 0-62mph in 9.9 secs feels larger than it actually is due to its performance.

The 1.4-litre produces 123 bhp but it feels underpowered and gets to the peak power in higher rev. But when it reaches there it’s timing from 0-62 mph becomes 9.1 sec. There is an Eco version for this capacity giving off 148bhp.

Fuel economy is a little problem here but the timing becomes 8.0 from the 0-62 mph sprint. The 1.8-litre with 178 bhp with extra power is able to cover the distance in 7.5 secs. It also comes in 180bhp and is as impressive as the prior one. The range topper is a 2.0-litre engine proudly giving 296bhp; it’s timing for 0-62 mph is 5.6 seconds.

Diesel Range: The diesel side starts with a 1.6-litre TDI with 108 bhp. This one is offered in regular and Eco motive form. Both are smooth with no disturbance under the bonnet. The timing of 0-62 mph is 10.5 secs.

Moving up is a 2.0-litre TDI which comes in 148 bhp and 187 bhp forms. Both are calm and like before do not produce any annoying sound until you reach a higher rev where it gets a little rough.

Drive and handling

The Spanish brand has picked the sportier side for this product which makes it more engaging to drive than the rivals or the like. The long list of engines supports the way Leon drives and holds its occupiers with its mesmerizing ways.

The car is calm most of the times until unless a major shift in surface disturbs it. The steering has a good level of grip and keeps the car well in place. In short, it is a hot hatchback that comes cheaper than the less attractive expensive ones.

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