Review: SEAT Leon (2020)

Closely related to the Volkswagen Golf. Initially available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid power.

On sale mid 2020.

SEAT Leon (2020): At A Glance

SEAT is looking to build on the sales success of the Leon with a new generation of its popular family hatchback. The 2020 Leon goes on sale in March with prices expected to start in the region of £20,000.

The all-new SEAT Leon goes head to head with rivals like the Ford Focus and Mazda3, and will be available as either a five-door hatch or sports tourer. Power will come from a range of petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid, and plug-in hybrid engines when it goes on sale in the UK in March.

Closely related to the new Volkswagen Golf, the new Leon will have a similar in-car tech offering. Buyers can expect seamless Android Auto and CarPlay connectivity, greater user control via a smartphone app, and real-time wireless software updates. Leon also gets a smartphone-esque touchscreen that allows you to simply slide your finger across the screen if you want to turn up the heating.

Buyers will be able to choose from a range of trims: SE, SE Dynamic, FR, FR Sport, Xcellence, and Xcellence Lux. Seven colours are available: candy white, pure red, Nevada white, midnight black, desire red, mystery blue, and magnetic grey.

All Leons get keyless start, two USB points in the front, LED auto-dip headlights, electric heated side mirrors, electric parking brake, leather steering wheel and gear stick. SE Dynamic upgrades the infotainment system to the digital cockpit, while FR trim adds sportier front and rear bumpers as well as 17in wheels and a lowered ride height.

Under the bonnet, the engines can be mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG gearbox. Petrol engines start with a 110PS three-cylinder 1.0-litre while the 1.5-litre four-cylinder is available in 130PS and 150PS. The most powerful petrol will be a 190PS 2.0-litre.

All diesels are 2.0-litre with either 115PS or 150PS. While mild-hybrids are available with the 1.0-litre 110PS and 1.5-litre 150PS petrols. There will also be a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Leon using a 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine electric motor mated to a six-speed DSG transmission. It will be good for 204PS and can be fully charged in under three-and-a-half hours.

What does a SEAT Leon (2020) cost?

List Price from £18,870
Buy new from £14,000
Contract hire from £133.60 per month

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What small family cars would you recommend?

My son wants a car the size of a Ford Focus or Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Which would be your first and second choice and is there a car in that group he should not buy? I would very much appreciate your guidance.
The latest Ford Focus, Kia Ceed and Mazda 3 are all good choices. There are new versions of the Volkswagen Golf, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia on their way this year - if your son isn't concerned about having the latest model, there are some really good pre-reg deals to be had on the outgoing cars (https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/best-pre-reg-and-nearly-new-car-deals/).
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