SEAT Leon (2020–)

Model History

January 2020

New SEAT Leon revealed

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.

The Leon was the Spanish carmaker’s top-selling model in the UK in 2019, contributing to a global sales total of 574,000 units. And SEAT has bet the farm on the new Leon being a winner, investing €1.1bn in the project and upgrading the factory. Like the new Golf, the latest Leon is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB Evo platform.

This is essentially an all-singing, all-dancing platform that caters for petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric power – all of which will be on offer in the new Leon. We’ve already seen that platform in action with the latest Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia, where it has proved itself extremely competent – but we’ll have to wait a few months to see how it performs here.

The Leon will also 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.

From the outside, it looks as if SEAT has returned to its days of being a Spanish Alfa Romeo. While the new car may share very little in terms of panels with the outgoing model, the looks are clearly an evolution of the Mk3.

The final production model has shied away from the steeply raked grille in favour of a traditional flat front, while the updated model gets the new family face, debuted on the Tarraco. At the rear, it’s the ‘coast-to-coast’ full-width LED taillight that does the heavy lifting and gives the car its identity.

Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the bonnet is a touch longer on the new model, but the bulk of the design work has been done to make the car’s lines less fussy. Gone are the ‘lightning strike’ front light clusters, swapped in favour of a much more rounded design.

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.

May 2020

New SEAT Leon on sale priced from £19,855

Customers can choose from three trim levels (SE, SE Dynamic and FR) and five power outputs (115PS 1.0 3-cylinder TSI manual; 130PS and 150PS 1.5 TSI manual; 150PS 1.5 eTSI MHEV DSG; and 115PS 2.0 TDI manual) available to order from today.

The new SEAT Leon eTSI, featuring mild hybrid technology, mates 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to the combustion engine allowing engine-shut off coasting as well as transient torque assistance.

As part of SEAT’s easymove strategy, customers need only choose the trim level, engine and colour on the online configurator – each has its own unique equipment to make it stand out and each comes with metallic paint as standard.

All vehicles in the range (SE) benefit from ‘Kessy Go’ keyless start, 2 x USB points in the front, LED headlight technology with automatic high beam, electric and heated side mirrors, electronic parking brake, an eight-inch infotainment system, cloth upholstery, leather steering wheel and gear stick, and SEAT Connect technology as standard. The vehicle rides on Design 16-inch alloy wheels.

SE Dynamic upgrades the infotainment to the SEAT Digital Cockpit with Navi, complete with 10-inch infotainment screen and 10.25-inch digital driver binnacle, Park Assist (front and rear sensors), tinted rear side windows, as well as larger Dynamic 17-inch alloy wheels.

The sportier FR trim level adds a host of additional elements both inside and out, on top of the SE Dynamic trim.

Sporty front and rear bumpers, Dynamic 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes and a unique suspension set-up (15mm lower ride height than other trims) ensure FR models stand out from the crowd visually and acoustically.

Inside the cabin, FR includes contrast stitching, a leather multifunction steering wheel, three-zone air conditioning, wireless charging tray in the front and two additional USB points in the rear.

The FR trim also brings full-LED technology to the rear of the vehicle including the coast-to-coast light and LED dynamic indicators (front and rear), and illuminated front aluminium door plates.

Customers can option an electric panoramic sunroof and either a fixed or electric towing hook on all trims.

Seven colours are available on Leon: two solid (Candy White and Pure Red) and five metallic (Nevada White, Midnight Black, Desire Red, Mystery Blue and Magnetic Grey).

Full price list: five-door

Model

Engine

CO2 (g/km, WLTP)

Fuel economy (MPG, WLTP combined)

Insurance Group

Price (RRP OTR)*

SE

1.0 110PS TSI

123

47.1-52.3

TBC

£19,855

SE Dynamic

1.0 110PS TSI

125

47.1-51.4

TBC

£20,955

FR

1.0 110PS TSI

125

47.1-51.4

TBC

£23,185

SE

1.5 130PS TSI

123

46.3-52.3

18E

£21,425

SE Dynamic

1.5 130PS TSI

126

46.3-51.4

18E

£22,525

FR

1.5 130PS TSI

125

46.3-51.4

19E

£23,515

FR

1.5 150PS TSI

132

44.8-48.7

22E

£24,805

FR

1.5 150PS eTSI (MHEV) DSG

133

44.1-48.7

22E

£26,865

SE

2.0 115PS TDI

111

60.1-67.3

19E

£22,835

SE Dynamic

2.0 115PS TDI

114

60.1-64.2

19E

£23,935

Full price list: Estate

Model

Engine

CO2 (g/km, WLTP)

Fuel economy (MPG, WLTP combined)

Insurance Group

Price (RRP OTR)*

SE

1.5 130PS TSI

124

46.3-51.4

18E

£22,455

SE Dynamic

1.5 130PS TSI

127

46.3-50.4

18E

£23,555

FR

1.5 130PS TSI

126

46.3-50.4

19E

£24,545

FR

1.5 150PS TSI

133

44.1-48.7

21E

£25,855

FR

1.5 150PS eTSI (MHEV) DSG

134

44.1-47.9

22E

£27,895

Pricing and data for the FR Sport, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux trims, as well as the 2.0 150PS TDI engines, will follow later in 2020.

What does a SEAT Leon (2020) cost?

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