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SEAT Leon ST (2014–)

Last updated 7 May 2019

Very good looking estate version of the impressive new Leon. Rides and handles well. Boot space is bigger than Audi A6 Avant or Ford Mondeo Estate.
Not much cheaper than a Volkswagen Golf Estate in mid level specification.
Updated 3 May 2019

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First things first – this might be an estate variant of the Leon but it feels identical to the regular three- and five-door models on the road, so if you want an estate car that’s great to drive then look no further. It’s agile, refined and comfortable, so there’s no compromise caused by the bigger boot.

That's good news for SEAT - it's aiming the Leon ST, the first ever estate version of a Leon, at 'youthful family buyers' - or those who want all the dynamism and enjoyment typical of a SEAT car, but with the added practicality afforded by a more capacious and practical boot. 

And that boot is very good. Capacity is 587 litres, an increase of 207 litres over the regular car, and it can be expanded to 1470 litres if you fold the seats forward – an easy task thanks to the simple handles in the boot on SE and FR trim grades. To put the load capacity into perspective, you could have a Labrador in the back without folding the seats forward - it's roomier than an Audi A6 Avant.

Regardless of the trim level chosen you’ll get a double boot floor, meaning there’s a one configuration with a flat load lip for sliding bulky items in and out, or a deeper configuration ideal for carrying lots of smaller items, like shopping bags. There’s also a storage slot for the removable tonneau cover, but it’s a fiddle to use properly without trapping fingers.

Standard equipment is as per the hatchback, meaning plenty of tech is on offer, including all-LED lights and lane keep assist. There are a few ST exclusive extras, too, like standard roof rails - should you need to fit a roof box – a 12V charging socket in the load area and a ski hatch. Another nice optional touch only available on the ST model is a panoramic glass roof.

The engine range is more or less the same as that for three- and five-door models, with the lion’s share of sales going to the versatile 1.6-litre, 105PS TDI diesel with emissions of 99g/km. There are some great petrol engines, too, including a powerful and fairly economical 1.4-litre TSI with 140PS and an even more powerful 180PS engine for those who want hot-hatch performance.

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Owners' reviews

Not all good news
Buy the 2ltr not the 1.6
stylish, well thought out but does not stir the soul
Versatile and spacious petrol estate
A brilliant & economical family car
Good car to drive but dealer service more take it or leave it

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