The Spanish built Leon is Seat's second best seller accounting for 30% of all Seat sales in the UK and with this in mind ensuring the latest version of the Leon is even more appealing has been a priority for Seat in order to build on the foundation and sales of it's predecessors.
The Leon range will be expanded in 2013 with both all-new 3 and 5 door models plus a new estate version should be available in the last quarter of 2013. A Cupra version is also in the pipeline with further details and launch date yet to be confirmed.
All Seat Leon's are built on the Volkswagen dependable MQB platform which has stretched out the wheelbase for improved handling and there's a choice of VW engines available depending on the model/trim you choose with 1.2-litre, 1.4-litre and 1.6-litre TSI petrol units available or 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDI diesels. Notably there will be a sub-100g/km Ecomotive version with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine. Gearbox options will be a choice of five- or six-speed manuals and a seven-speed DSG twin clutch system, depending on the engine configuration you choose.
Styling and looks are a real strength for the Leon, the latest Leon boasts even more eye-catching styling putting it up there as one of the best looking hatchbacks in it's class.
The entry-level Seat Leon S comes with improved interior quality and materials and includes
- 15 inch steel wheels
- Heated exterior door mirrors
- Front electric windows
- Air conditioning
- 5" colour touchscreen 6 speaker media system with CD player and Bluetooth
- Remote audio controls
- Stability control with tyre pressure monitoring
- Front driver and passenger airbags
- Front side and curtain airbags
- Driver’s knee airbag
- Alarm and remote central locking
The Seat Leon SE adds:
- Hill hold control
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Front fog lights with cornering
- Cruise control
- Rear electric windows
- Leather steering wheel and gearknob
- A front armrest
- Driver seat lumbar adjustment
- Front reading lights with ambient spotlights
- Illuminated footwell
- SEAT XDS system*
*THe XDS is a system that can detect slip at the front wheels and alters the amount of power to stop wheel spinning when you are cornering quickly. It also works in conjunction with the stability control to make handling more precise and neutral. It's a clever system which acts like a limited-slip differential, but is actually controlled electronically.
The top of the range Seat Leon FR adds:
- 17-inch alloys
- LED rear lamps
- Dual-zone climate control
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Dark tinted rear windows
- Electric folding mirrors
- Upgraded eight speaker audio system
- Front sport seats
- SEAT Drive Profile (lets you adjust the response of the steering, throttle and engine sound)
A range of driver assistance features are also available as an option including driver fatigue detection (which detects when the driver could be getting tired and suggests taking a break), a headlights high beam assistant (which flicks the main beam headlights OFF when a car is detected ahead) and a lane-keeping assistant (which makes subtle corrections to the power-assisted steering to prevent the vehicle from straying out of its lane without the driver steering).