SEAT Leon (2013 – 2020) Review

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SEAT Leon (2013 – 2020) At A Glance

4/5

+Big improvements in quality and refinement over previous Leon. Great to drive with sharp handling. Good value. Shares same base as latest A3 and Golf.

-Only top models have fully independent rear suspension.

Insurance Groups are between 12–26
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

This is the third generation SEAT Leon. It builds on the reputation of of the previous two generations, by being good value for money and fun to drive, but has a higher quality interior and more attention to detail. It shares up to half of its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 and as a result uses a wide range of Volkswagen's latest petrol and diesel engines.

The Leon is available with the now familiar four-cylinder TDI and TSI units all featuring direct injection and turbocharging. The version powered by a 1.6 TDI diesel with 105PS is the cleanest model in the range (for the time being) and thanks to a start/stop system and brake energy regeneration it averages a claimed 74.3mpg with CO2 emissions at 99g/km meaning zero VED.

Out on the road, it's good to drive with sporty handling and good agility with the Leon FR getting a new SEAT Drive Profile which lets you vary the characteristics of the steering, throttle response and the engine sound via a sound actuator in the exhaust. Other new system include a drowsiness detection feature, Full Beam Assistant, which switches automatically between full and dipped beam and the ‘Heading Control’ lane-keeping assistant, which makes slight corrections to the steering to prevent the driver from crossing over lane markings.

SEAT has made big improvements inside, an area which has often been the focus of complaints on previous. The fit, finish and attention to detail as good as a Volkswagen Golf and better than many other cars in this sector. It's simple and unfussy and comes with a new 'Easy Connect' operating system, which controls the entertainment and communication function via a touch-sensitive screen.

SEAT Leon 2014 Road Test 

Road Test SEAT Leon ST 2014

Long-term Test SEAT Leon ST 1.6 TDI DSG

SEAT Leon 1.4 EcoTSi 150 FR Technology 2017 Road Test

SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI 150 ST XCELLENCE Technology 2017 Road Test

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Real MPG average for a SEAT Leon (2013 – 2020)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

81%

Real MPG

27–73 mpg

MPGs submitted

857

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My daughter wants a diesel hatchback. Can you recommend a used model?
"My daughter's leased MINI is coming up for renewal but she's leaning towards buying a 2 or 3-year-old car, with a diesel Golf in mind. Diesel due to her business travel of between 15k-20k miles per year. She likes the higher-spec cars, manual gearbox, preferably a five-door as a bit more space is best suited and for her black labrador who goes in the boot. Which model would be best suited and which models should she avoid? What insurance rating would the said model(s) be? Would servicing be similar on all models? What similar other car/model may be a good match for the Golf as mentioned? Many thanks in advance."
Sounds like a sensible choice for that kind of mileage. The 2.0 TDI would be the best bet - very efficient yet punchy enough for motorway driving. The 1.6 TDI is pretty good, too, although isn't quite as powerful as the 2.0-litre. Servicing on a diesel Golf should be relatively affordable, no matter which model your daughter chooses. This should give you an idea of insurance groups: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/insurance/volkswagen/golf-2013 (It's worth getting some quotes, though, as insurance groups don't always mean a great deal). We'd also recommend a SEAT Leon (it's very similar to the Golf and shares engines) as well as the Peugeot 308 and Hyundai i30 (particularly the latest model, which went on sale in 2017).
Answered by Andrew Brady
Are catalytic converters easy for thieves to steal?
"Is the catalytic converter on a 2014 SEAT Leon fairly easy to steal?"
It's no easier than any other model really. Thieves tend to target easily identifiable hybrid cars - like the Toyota Prius. As well as being easier to identify, the catalytic converters on hybrid vehicles - which are powered by electric and petrol or diesel - are also used less frequently to remove pollutants. The metals are therefore less likely to corrode, which is another reason why they're more likely to be targeted for theft. The advice from police is to mark catalytic converters with a serial number to make it distinctive, install CCTV and alarms where possible and to park vehicles so as to prevent access underneath - however, thefts are more likely in built-up areas and cities anyway. Try to park your car in a well-lit and well-populated area if possible and to park close to fences, walls or kerbs make the theft more difficult. If your catalytic converter is bolted on, you can also ask for your local garage to weld the bolts to make it more difficult to remove. You can also purchase devices that lock in around the converter to make it more difficult to remove too.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
I'm about to replace my SEAT Leon FR with an Arona FR - is there a big difference between them?
"I'm going from a SEAT Leon FR to an Arona FR. What is the difference speed-wise, please? "
This will very much depend on the spec of your old Leon FR. The 150PS Arona FR mirrors the straight-line speed of the current Leon FR, with both taking around eight seconds to cover 0-62mph. The Leon handles better, however, with its lower centre of gravity providing better stability and agility in the corners. The only issue you need to be aware of is the hesitancy issue with the 1.5 TSI engine when cold at low speeds. We ran one for six months and experienced it quite regularly, you can read our long term report, here: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/our-cars/seat-arona
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend a fun to drive, economical, small car for £10k?
"I've had a SEAT Leon for the last four years: zero road tax and 60+ to the gallon but the visibility is dreadful and I cannot get out of the car without getting my legs/trousers dirty or wet because of the sill. Can you suggest a smaller, but still economical, car that is fun to drive. I'm looking to spend £10k for a used car."
I'd look for a Suzuki Swift. It's good fun, cheap to run and excellent value for money with high-spec 2018 models available for your budget. Alternatively, a SEAT Ibiza might be a good option - you'll just about get the latest model for £10,000. Also look at the Ford Fiesta - again, the latest model (introduced in 2017) is dropping below £10,000.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a SEAT Leon (2013 – 2020) cost?

Buy new from £14,987 (list price from £20,400)