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SEAT Leon SC (2013–)

Last updated 11 May 2017

Dimensions
Length 4228–4246 mm
Width 1810–4246 mm
Height 1431–1446 mm
Wheelbase 2599–2601 mm
Boot Space 380–1150 L

Full specifications

Interior

Call it a coupe or a three-door hatchback, but either way the Leon SC is a very stylish, very good value and well considered car, inside and out. The SC is 35mm shorter at the wheelbase than the five-door Leon, which means legroom is a down a little, this is still very suitable for family motoring.

The boot is the same size as the five-door model and although the missing rear doors will probably preclude those with very small children, there’s only very marginal loss of headroom front and back.

The only criticism of the load space is the same that you could level at the five-door Leon – that while it’s relatively big on capacity for a family hatch, the loading lip is really high. That means you’re dropping bags down into the space (or stooping down to retrieve them), and it makes loading bulkier or heavier items more awkward.

Total boot space with the rear bench folded down (60/40 split as standard) is 1150 litres, which is 60 litres less than the five-door’s, although another slightly awkward feature is that the rear seat backs don’t fold quite flush with the boot floor. 

Everything about the SEAT Leon SC is pretty much identical to the five-door from the side pillars forward, which applies inside and out. That means you’re sitting behind a dashboard that’s mostly great quality, and certainly miles ahead of anything SEAT has ever done before, with the possible exception of the Exeo – though that, you may know, was in fact a re-badged Audi A4, so it doesn’t really count.

The beauty of the SC cabin is simplicity. All the dashtop stuff is squishy and quality, so although there’s cost cutting at the lower levels, the switchgear is solid and clear. The cabin’s party piece is the upgraded touchscreen that’s a highly recommended option. It cleverly features a movement sensor that adds functions to the screen when it senses a hand approaching, so it's uncluttered most of the time. It’s as simple to operate as a decent mobile phone plus it comes with Apple CarPlay or Android Link.

Oddment space is okay in the cabin too, with decent sized door pockets, a sizeable box inside the centre armrest and a reasonable glove box. It’s certainly a cabin more accommodating to the detritus of life than, say, the Volkswagen Scirocco. 

 

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