SEAT Leon ST (2014–)

Model History

July 2013

SEAT unveiled the all-new Leon ST

It becomes the third member of the new Leon family, which now comprises five-door hatchback, three-door SC and five-door ST estate.

It boasts a 587-litre boot, and with the rear seats folded flat its load capacity extends to 1,470 litres.

And with the debut of the Leon ST, SEAT is expanding the extensive line-up of hi-tech options already available with the model, introducing Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) damper adjustment, and Progressive Steering. The optional Dynamic Pack, including DCC and Progressive Steering, enables a high degree of control under sporty driving conditions.

The engine range available for the Leon ST is the same as that for the five-door and SC versions. All have Start/Stop and Energy Recovery systems, from the 1.2 TSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel, right up to the most powerful 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI units.

The 1.2 TSI 105 PS engine returns 57.6 mpg, while the state-of-the-art 1.4 TSI 140PS runs it very close, with a 53.3mpg average figure. At the top of the petrol line-up is the 1.8 TSI engine, available in FR trim only, delivering 180PS and 250Nm of torque.

The entry level diesel model is the 1.6 TDI with 105PS and a strong 250Nm of torque. The 2.0 TDI with 150PS and 320Nm of torque provides powerful propulsion, yet with the Start/Stop and Energy Recovery, it manages to emit just 106g/km CO2 and return 68.9mpg.

A sporty highlight is the 2.0 TDI with 184PS and 380Nm of torque – another FR exclusive – which achieves an awesome 65.7 miles on average per gallon of fuel used.

In the base version, the Leon ST weighs in at just 1,233 kg, making it a 45 kg heavier than the five-door Leon and the lightest estate in its class. Nevertheless, the ST offers a host of functional equipment details that significantly benefit everyday usability. The rear seat backrests are extremely easy to fold down from the luggage compartment, while the double floor makes the boot very easy to load and unload. The passenger-seat backrest can be folded over to accommodate especially long items.

For FR versions, SEAT is offering a new Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC) system with three different driving modes that can be selected via the SEAT Drive Profile. DCC is an additional function to the SEAT Drive Profile system already standard with FR-specification Leon models, adjusting the damper settings depending on the mode that Drive Profile is switched to.

In “Sport” mode, the Leon ST is even more agile, while the estate is noticeably more comfortable in the “Comfort” setting of the DCC system, selectable within the Drive Profile’s “Eco” or “Individual” modes. The optional Dynamic Pack includes DCC and Progressive Steering, which reduces steering effort when parking, while at the same time improving handling with more direct steering characteristics on winding roads.

September 2013

Leon ST Prices announced

Starting at £16,675, the Leon ST is £825 more than an equivalent five-door version. Every Leon ST comes with roof rails as standard, a double-floor setup in the boot, a rear reading light, and a 12V socket. In addition, a through hatch allows loading of long, thin items, while buyers can choose an optional fold-down passenger seat, for even greater load-lugging capacity.

The engine and trim range of the Leon ST is as per the five-door and SC variants, meaning an S-SE-FR hierarchy, with petrol engines ranging from the 1.2 TSI 105 PS, through the 1.4 TSI 140 PS and on to the most powerful 1.8 TSI 180 PS. On the diesel front, there are now two versions of the 1.6 TDI - a standard 105 PS variant, and the just-announced 110 PS Ecomotive. Following those are the 2.0 TDI units, with either 150 PS or 184 PS. A range of transmissions are available, from a five- or six-speed manual to a six- or seven-speed DSG automatic.

Trim

Litres

Engine

PS

Basic Price

VAT @

Retail Price

1st Year

1st Reg

Recommended On The Road

20.00%

(P11D Value)

RFL Rate

Fee

Price

S

1.2

TSI

105

£13,850.00

£2,770.00

£16,620

£0

£55

£16,675

S

1.6

TDI

105

£15,266.67

£3,053.33

£18,320

£0

£55

£18,375

SE

1.2

TSI

105

£14,783.33

£2,956.67

£17,740

£0

£55

£17,795

SE

1.2

TSI DSG-auto

105

£15,825.00

£3,165.00

£18,990

£0

£55

£19,045

SE

1.4

TSI

140

£15,658.33

£3,131.67

£18,790

£0

£55

£18,845

SE

1.6

TDI

105

£16,200.00

£3,240.00

£19,440

£0

£55

£19,495

SE

1.6

TDI Ecomotive

110

£17,025.00

£3,405.00

£20,430

£0

£55

£20,485

SE

1.6

TDI DSG-auto

105

£17,241.67

£3,448.33

£20,690

£0

£55

£20,745

SE

2.0

TDI

150

£17,325.00

£3,465.00

£20,790

£0

£55

£20,845

SE

2.0

TDI DSG-auto

150

£18,366.67

£3,673.33

£22,040

£0

£55

£22,095

FR

1.4

TSI

140

£16,945.83

£3,389.17

£20,335

£0

£55

£20,390

FR

1.8

TSI

180

£17,845.83

£3,569.17

£21,415

£125

£55

£21,595

FR

1.8

TSI DSG-auto

180

£18,887.50

£3,777.50

£22,665

£125

£55

£22,845

FR

2.0

TDI

150

£18,612.50

£3,722.50

£22,335

£0

£55

£22,390

FR

2.0

TDI DSG-auto

150

£19,654.17

£3,930.83

£23,585

£0

£55

£23,640

FR

2.0

TDI

184

£19,437.50

£3,887.50

£23,325

£0

£55

£23,380

October 2013

SEAT opened order books for Leon Ecomotive

The Leon Ecomotive ST returns 85.6mpg combined fuel consumption while 87g/km CO2 figure puts the car into VED Band A.

Power comes from a 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox whose ratios are spaced for optimum efficiency; the transmission is a fundamental difference between the Leon Ecomotive and the standard Leon 1.6 TDI, which itself emits a very modest 99g/km, equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Other changes over the standard Leon 1.6 TDI include a higher engine output, up from 105PS to 110PS, and the fitment of low rolling resistance tyres. To improve aerodynamic performance there's a body package comprising rear and side spoilers, and the suspension is lowered by 15mm, while the radiator grille is unique to the Ecomotive. These changes help the Leon Ecomotive travel 11.3 miles further per gallon of fuel than the standard Leon 1.6 TDI, according to their respective combined consumption ratings.

The Leon Ecomotive comes as standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights with cornering function, cruise control, a leather steering wheel and gear knob, air conditioning, electric windows all around, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, SEAT Easy Connect multimedia system, and a front armrest/storage box; the Leon Ecomotive is based on SE specification.

January 2015

280PS SEAT Leon ST Cupra 280 announced

£28,505 (or £29,860 for DSG). UK ordering now for deliveries from march 2015.

Leon ST CUPRA 280’s two-litre turbocharged 280 PS engine gets it it from 0-62 mph in under six seconds and to a limited top speed of 155 mph.

Inside and out, the ST CUPRA 280 retains all of the Leon ST’s usual style and practicality, including its sizeable 587-litre boot, which rises to 1,470 litres with the rear seats folded at the pull of a single lever. 19-inch CUPRA alloy wheels with titanium finish, red brake callipers, rear spoiler and diffuser housing two oval end chrome tailpipes, together with substantial air intakes at the front.

Comes with CUPRA Drive Profile, which enables the driver to alter the car’s suspension, steering and throttle set-up as the mood takes them. The performance theme runs through the interior with a CUPRA leather steering wheel and Alcantara sports seats, while auto lights and wipers, SEAT Media System Plus and DAB radio, plus satellite navigation round off its comprehensive equipment tally.

Sub8 Performance Pack for £2,025 including VAT includes even more substantial brakes, specially-designed 19-inch alloy wheels in either black or orange and body-coloured side skirts. Semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres are available for £460.

CUPRA Colour-Line packs (Black, Orange or White) at £500 will ensure the ST CUPRA 280 stands out for all the right reasons. Taking the standard car’s looks to another level, it ensures the standard 19-inch CUPRA alloy wheels are picked out in black, orange or white, according to the chosen pack, with co-ordinating door mirrors and tailgate lettering. The front grille surround and door mirrors also come in the same shade, with the mean and moody look completed through painted brake callipers (red for black wheels and black for orange wheels).

ST CUPRA 280 drivers also have a plethora of other individual options and packs to choose from. Among them, are the SEAT Sound system for £255, Driver Assist Pack (which takes in High Beam Assist and Lane Assist) at £300, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Front Assist for £505. Lastly, for those keen to venture on track with the hottest compact estate, CUPRA bucket seats are likely to prove a boon. For £1,250 they come clad in black Alcantara upholstery with white simil leather bolsters, and feature a one-piece head restraint, CUPRA logo and heating.

August 2015

Leon SE Technology Business model added

The new model boasts a raft of equipment to support fleets and make life easier for company car drivers including a Technology Pack, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors and a Convenience Pack.

Like its fleet-optimised specification, the new model’s powertrain options maximise value for business drivers and fleets – particularly with the new tax regime in mind. The five-door 1.6 TDI 110PS version emits just 99 grams per kilometre of CO2 and achieves 74.3mpg on the combined cycle. Its benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax rate is 17% in five-door guise and 18% in ST format.

The Technology Pack, comprising integrated satellite navigation, DAB audio system and LED headlights, was chosen alongside adaptive cruise control and rear parking sensors for maximum comfort and safety. The Convenience Pack, consisting of automatic headlights, rain sensor and auto dimming rear view mirror, means the vehicle is easy to live with.

Initially available in capacious estate form, the SEAT Leon ST SE Technology Business is available to order in either 1.6 TDI 110PS or 2.0 TDI 150PS form, priced from £20,545 (P11D value) or £20,650 OTR. The order book for the five-door version will open in early 2016.

January 2016

CO2 changes for SEAT Leon ST exposed by 'Autocar':

S/SE 1.6 TDI 102g/km and 72.4mpg (revised to 105g/km and 68.9mpg, VED +£20, BIK +1%)

SE 1.6 TDI Auto 102g/km and 72.4mpg (revised to 104g/km and 70.6mpg, VED +£10, BIK +0%)

SE 1.6 TDI Ecomotive 89g/km and 83.1mpg (revised to 94g/km and 78.5mpg, VED +£0, BIK +0%)

SE 2.0 TDI 106g/km and 68.9mpg (revised to 110g/km and 65.7mpg, VED +£0, BIK +1%)

FR 1.4 EcoTSI 110g/km and 60.1mpg (revised to 114g/km and 57.6mpg, VED +£10, BIK +1%)

FR 1.4 EcoTSI Auto 111g/km and 58.9mpg (revised to 117g/km and 56.5mpg, VED +£0, BIK +1%)

FR 1.8 EcoTSI Auto 129g/km and 49.6mpg (revised to 134g/km and 48.7mpg, VED +£20, BIK +1%)

FR 2.0 TDI 108g/km and 67.3mpg (revised to 112g/km and 64.2mpg, VED +£10, BIK +1%)

FR 2.0 TDI 116g/km and 62.8mpg (revised to 121g/km and 61.4mpg, VED +£80, BIK +1%)

March 2019

SEAT Leon Cupra R ST announced

Limited edition model with just 150 being sold in the UK. Orders open in April, with prices starting from £37,975 for the 2.0 TSI with 300PS. For an extra £500, customers can upgrade to 370PS with the factory-approved ABT tuning pack, taking the 0-62mph figure down to 4.5 seconds. The standard model reaches 62mph in 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

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