SEAT Leon (2005–2013)

Model History

March 2005

New Leon launched at Geneva Motor Show

Five door body, like original Leon. 341 litre boot. Leon Prototype has same turbocharged 200PS FSI direct injection petrol engine as Golf GTI plus DSG six-speed box.

Engines include 102PS 1.6 FSI and 150PS 1.6 FSI CAXA petrol engines (both chain cam) or belt cam 105PS 1.9 TDI or 140PS 2.0 TDI. 1.6 petrol and 1.9 diesel 5-speed. 2.0 petrol and diesel 6-speed. Tiptronic optional on FSI and DSG optional on 2.0 TDI.

4,315mm long and 1,768mm wide.

SEAT Leon original list prices:
Leon 1.6 Essence £11,295
Leon 1.6 Reference £11,995
Leon 2.0 Reference Sport £14,220
Leon 1.6 Stylance £12,995
Leon 2.0 FSI Stylance £15,320
Leon 2.0 FSI Stylance Tiptronic£15,995
Leon 2.0 TFSI Sport £15,995
Leon 1.9 TDI Reference £12,995
Leon 2.0 TDI Reference Sport £14,995
Leon 1.9 TDI Stylance £13,995
Leon 2.0 TDI Sport £16,495
Leon 2.0 TDI Sport DSG£17,295

November 2005

2.0 TFSI Sport from November 2005 at a reasonable £15,995 (£16,020 after VED hike). Has 185PS (nominal) version of VWG 2.0 Turbo, 270Nm (199lb ft) torque. 0-60 in 7.5 and top speed 137. Not far off old 20VT turbo.

November 2006

240PS Cupra launched at London Motor Show July 2006, does 0-60mph in 6.2 and 153mph. Priced at £19,595. 18-inch alloys. Capable of 34mpg.

November 2006

Leon 2.0TFSI 200 DSG from November 2006 at £17,895.

January 2008

'Candy White' colour introduced with option of black or white 18" alloys on the Cupra 240.

March 2008

Leon Cupra K1 launched

Styling additions include re-worked front and rear bumpers, smart side skirts, a more pronounced tailgate spoiler and unique chrome-tipped, centrally-mounted, oval exhaust. Colours: Inferi Black, Emocion Red, Luna Grey and Candy White. £1,000 RRP over the standard Cupra. Powerful Bi-xenon headlights, complete with AFS dynamic bend lighting that follows the turn of the steering wheel to help ensure the beam is always pointing precisely where the car’s headed, are a £870 option. New, optional, 18” Orion alloy wheels in black or white are made available at £205 RRP. Price of standard Cupra 240 trimmed, from £19,695 RRP to £19,495 RRP. K¹ costs £20,495 RRP.

March 2008

1.4 TSI 125 announced, offering 0-60mph in 9.5 seconds. Direct injection fuelling and an ultra-efficient single turbocharger boasting a more capable water- rather than air-chilled intercooler enable the 1.4 TSI to deliver these useful figures. The power peak of 125 PS is on tap at an accessible 5,600 rpm, while the peak torque figure of 200 Nm is on offer across a particularly broad rev range: 1,750 rpm all the way up to 4,000 rpm, to be precise. Top speed is 122 mph. Also does 44.1 mpg combined with just 155 g/km, so 2008-09 Band D at £145 and 2009-10 Band G at £150pa.

August 2008

New colours entitled Custom Palette colours and priced at £550 RRP. New option of Lumina Orange on Leon FR and Cupra models. Also Cupra K1 - an extra-special Cupra with bespoke styling additions front and rear - in an all-new colour, the apposite Speed Blue. Also Kiwi Green and Furia Grey, a genuine 'stealth' shade likely to appeal to those who put four-wheeled fashion at the very top of their buying criteria.

February 2009

Facelifted Leon unveiled

Significant engineering upgrades, including use of common rail instread of PD diesels. Interior design changes and equipment upgrades. In SEAT's words, "They now boast smoother, more elegant lines, a new grille with a smaller SEAT logo and more stylised chrome surround as well as larger headlights, new door mirrors and new wheel designs. At the rear, the glass area is made larger to deliver greater visibility, while the rear hatch and light clusters have also been modified." Inside, mods to the instrument panel and centre console as well as changes to the door panel trim and materials.

XDS electronic traction control technology also new. Mimicking the function of a conventional limited slip differential but doing without the costly and heavy mechanicals associated with existing systems, XDS works together with ESP to improve the car’s performance in situations where traction is lost by braking the wheel that loses grip. More powerful 211 PS 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, while diesels switch from PD to common rail, including a 170 PS 2.0-litre TDI. All versions equipped with SEAT’s slick DSG automatic sequential manual gearbox get paddleshifts.

UK pricing and full specification details for SEAT’s revised Leon and Altea line-ups will be released closer to the models’ showroom debut here this summer. Ecomotive shown at Geneva, March 2009 with new 1.6 TDI engine and emissions of just 99g/km, best in class for a car of this size and better even than the Honda Insight.

April 2009

New Leon Cupra for 2009. The most obvious change is to the ‘face’, with bold vents beneath the honeycomb central grille, while the new bumper houses two further black highlights, one at each side, with the word ‘CUPRA’ immediately visible on the left. Lower ground clearance. Spectacular 18-inch alloy wheels and gloss black door mirror housings. Black interior. Leather-covered steering wheel with aluminium colour inserts and ‘CUPRA’ logo at its flattened base is complemented by a matching gearknob. Aluminium pedals. Racing style 'Cupra' bucket seats.

Attractive new black leather upholstery with white cross-stitching is now available as an option. Same 240 PS 2.0-litre TSI engine, providing emphatically strong performance along with impressive fuel economy figures. Top speed is 153 mph and the benchmark 0 to 62 mph sprint takes only 6.4 seconds, yet average combined fuel consumption is 34 mpg. Equipment now included XDS system (an electronic system which mimics the function of a mechanical limited slip differential), ABS and TCS, ESP with EBA emergency braking, low tyre-pressure warning, driver and passenger airbags, side airbag and head airbag, climate control, cornering foglights, trip computer, cruise control and sports suspension, among others.

August 2009

Launch at Frankfurt Show of 265 PS 2.0 TSI Cupra R. Same power output as Leon WTC car. Among the four cylinder 16V unit’s key features is a new, high-pressure fuel pump injector to satisfy its greater performance demands while also allowing it to fully comply with strict EU5 emissions standards.

0-60mph 5.9 seconds. Top speed limited to 155. 35mpg combined. 19-inch, five double-spoke alloys shod with ultra-low profile 235/35 R19 tyres. These wheels allow a set of generous 17-inch 345 x 30 mm front disc brakes with 16-inch 286 x 12 mm at the rear. Interior features competition-styled bucket seats in grey alcantara upholstery, white LED lighting on the instrument dials, a leather-clad multi-functional steering wheel and sporty aluminium-trimmed pedals.

In Spain, standard equipment includes ABS + TCS, ESP + EBA, XDS (SEAT’s new electronic system which mimics the function of a limited slip differential), front and front side airbags, curtain airbags, passenger airbag disconnection, rear window seat Isofix anchoring points, low tyre pressure warning, light and rain sensors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, trip computer, cornering fog lights, dual zone climate control and MP3-compatible eight-speaker CD/radio.

September 2009

Leon Ecomotive slashes its CO2 emissions to just 99g/km, 105PS 1.6-litre TDI CR engine with new Auto Start/Stop and energy recuperation.

June 2010

SEAT Leon ECOmotive, is made its UK debut with 500 new Leon Ecomotives sold to British Gas. Uses Start/Stop technology and Brake Energy Recovery to slash CO2 down to just 99g/km while its combined fuel economy figure of 74.3 mpg gives the Leon Ecomotive a range of almost 900 miles between fill-ups. Even the urban figure of 60.1 is remarkable.

Has new 1.6-litre TDI engine with the latest common rail technology and DPF, new Start/Stop technology and SEAT's new Brake Energy Recovery system. A recommended gear indicator helps the driver select the optimum ratio for economical motoring, while low rolling resistance tyres on the new Leon further boost economy. Subtle aerodynamic tweaks to the Leon's already slippery shape complete the Ecomotive treatment. The 1.6 offers up 105PS.

The new Leon Ecomotive's 0-60 mph time is 11.2 seconds; top speed 118 mph. Five-speed manual gearbox with ratios precisely attuned to the needs of economical yet involving motoring, the Leon Ecomotive's engine is now even more refined, too. S and SE specifications. Air conditioning, stylish 16-inch alloys, one-shot electric windows all round, ESP, ABS, TSC, Hill Hold Control, tyre press monitoring, six-speaker stereo radio/CD with MP3 compatibility and AUX-in. Prices start at £16,840 RRP (SEAT Leon Ecomotive S) and, with the SEAT's Eco-nomics offer (current June 2010) that drops to as little as £15,090 - subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

June 2010

265PS SEAT Leon Cupra R finally arrives in the UK. Combined economy of 34.9 mpg and CO2 limited to just 190g/km make it among the ‘greenest’ ultra-hot hatches. UK pricing for the new Leon Cupra R is confirmed at £25,205, production is limited to around 500 in a full year, and the first customer cars in early July.

April 2011

SEAT launches special edition Copa models with Leon S Copa and Leon SE Copa. The former, based on the entry-level S trim level, adds:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity
  • Front seat height and lumbar adjustment
  • Cruise control
  • Bespoke Copa upholstery

The latter takes the Leon SE as its starting point, but goes on to add:

  • SEAT Media System
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Light and rain sensors
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
  • Bespoke Copa upholstery

In the case of the Leon SE Copa this comes on top of the SE’s standard dual zone climate control, eight-speaker MP3-compatible radio/CD with AUX-in and USB connectivity, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and XDS electronic differential lock.

The SEAT Media System included in the Leon SE Copa is worthy of note, too, since it bundles up not only state-of-the-art touch screen satellite navigation technology and 3D mapping but also dynamic route guidance, an SD card slot for MP3 playback, DAB radio tuner and Bluetooth audio streaming connectivity for a truly hi-tech, high spec’ SEAT.

Like its Ibiza counterparts, the Leon Copa variants are offered with a simple petrol or turbodiesel engine choice. In the Leon’s case, though, it’s the option of SEAT’s brilliant new 1.2-litre TSI 105 PS turbocharged petrol or frugal 1.6-litre TDI common rail 105 PS turbodiesel.

Buyers can snap up the Leon S Copa 1.2 TSI for £16,180 RRP, while Leon SE Copa buyers can sign on the dotted line for a 1.2 TSI-engined version that costs just £16,940 RRP.

August 2011

Changes to Leon line-up, including a new FR+ model. The FR is now available as a 1.4 TSI 125 PS (manual only) or 2.0 TDI CR 140 PS (manual and DSG). The availability of these lower-powered turbocharged petrol or diesel engines makes the FR range more accessible to customers whose choices may be restricted by engine power, cost or insurance considerations.

Bristling with sports styling and packed with equipment, the Leon boasts FR front and rear bumpers, twin chrome exhaust pipe, trademark silver-painted door mirrors, stylish LED rear-light clusters, FR sports seats and steering wheel, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights and auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Meanwhile, the new Leon FR+ is a significant step up from the ‘standard' FR trim in terms of both performance and equipment. It's available to order now with SEAT's powerful 2.0 TSI 211 PS and 2.0 TDI CR 170 PS engines.

The Leon FR+ takes the FR trim and adds arch-filling 18-inch ‘Ibera' alloy wheels; the SEAT Media System 2.2, which includes satellite-navigation with five-inch colour touchscreen and dynamic route guidance, DAB radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and SD card slot; Bluetooth phone connection; Bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) and front parking sensors.

Although the retail cost of this extra equipment when specified separately is £2,465 RRP, the price of the new Leon FR+ is up by just £1,070 RRP. So, SEAT's Leon FR line-up now starts at only £18,205 RRP for the Leon FR 1.4 TSI 125 PS, rising to £22,615 RRP for the lavishly equipped Leon FR+ 2.0 TDI CR DSG-auto 170 PS.

Finally, while the Leon Cupra has been withdrawn from the range SEAT has significantly improved the Cupra R trim by adding plenty of extra kit to this fire-breathing, 155 mph ‘halo' model for no extra cost.

Already loaded with luxury features, the latest Leon Cupra R now offers, as standard, SEAT Media System 2.2, Bluetooth connectivity, Bi-xenon headlights with AFS and LED rear-light clusters.

This extra equipment is worth £1,665 RRP but despite its inclusion there has been no increase in the 265 PS Cupra R's price. In fact, the price of SEAT's most potent production car to date has actually been cut - by £10 - to £25,995 RRP.

March 2012

'Supercopa' Leon FR + announced

Styling additions include extensively re-worked front and rear bumpers, smart side skirts, a more pronounced tailgate spoiler, bespoke BBS 18-inch alloy wheels and unique chrome-tipped, twin exhausts. Eye-catching colours include Nevada White, Emoción Red and Speed Blue.

Leon FR+ which forms the basis of the special edition new Supercopa is a generously equipped offering that's a significant step up from the ‘standard' FR trim in terms of both performance and equipment.

Equipped with SEAT's powerful chain can EA888 2.0 TSI 211 PS petrol or 2.0 TDI CR 170 PS turbodiesel engines the Leon FR+ takes the FR trim and adds arch-filling 18-inch alloy wheels; the SEAT Media System 2.2 which includes satellite-navigation with five-inch colour touchscreen and dynamic route guidance, DAB radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and SD card slot; Bluetooth phone connection; bi-xenon headlights with AFS (Adaptive Front-lighting System) and rear parking sensors.

The new Supercopa editions feature £3,000-worth of SEAT Sport body kit for just £750 more than standard versions of the Leon FR+. Prices therefore start from just £22,530 RRP on-the-road for the 2.0 TDI 170 PS six-speed manual model.

10-1-2018 Haynes manual for SEAT Leon Mk II anounced ncluding Cupra and Cupra R.

CoversPetrol: 1.6 litre (1595cc) & 2.0 litre (1984cc). Turbo-diesel: 1.6 litre (1598cc), 1.9 litre (1896cc) & 2.0 litre (1968cc). Includes coverage of models with DSG transmission. Does NOT cover 1.2, 1.4 or 1.8 litre petrol models, or 2.0 litre TSI petrol moodels with engine code CCZB. Does NOT cover fully-automatic transmission, ‘Flex-fuel’ models or new Leon ‘Mk 3’ model range introduced October 2012. Price £17.24.

What does a SEAT Leon (2005 – 2013) cost?

List Price from £18,855
Buy new from £16,495
Contract hire from £133.60 per month