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SEAT Leon ST gets maximum NCAP rating

Published 19 September 2013

The SEAT Leon ST has received a five star Euro NCAP crash safety rating in the latest round of safety assessments by the independent body. The estate version of the Leon, which goes on sale in October was awarded 94 per cent for adult occupant safety and 92 per cent for child occupant safety.

The Leon ST has safety features including a front passenger airbag deactivation, to facilitate installation of a rear-facing child seat, which helped achieve the high child occupant score, while extensive use of high strength and ultra-high strength steels in key areas of the chassis ensure that the Leon ST remains as stable as possible during a collision.

Alongside the five-star safety rating, the Leon ST received two Euro NCAP Advanced awards for its lane-keeping assistant and multi-collision brake systems. Euro NCAP Advanced was established in 2010 by Euro NCAP to reward groundbreaking emerging safety innovations.

SEAT lane-keeping assistant (known as Lane Assist in the UK and available as part of the Leon’s optional Driver Assist Pack) uses a camera mounted behind the rear view mirror, which detects lane markings and helps the driver stay in lane. Working at speeds above 40 mph and linked to the power steering system, it applies a small amount of torque to the steering wheel intended to prompt the driver into taking corrective action should he or she begin to drift out of lane.

The new Leon ST estate promises plenty of load space and to major on flexibility. The boot is 587 litres with the seats up and this can be increased to 1,470 litres with the seats folded. The twin-level boot floor makes loading bulky items much easier; the rear seats can be folded flat using easy-to-reach handles on the sidewalls of the boot. It measures 4,535 mm long (264 mm longer than the five-door Leon) and is said to have useful touches to make it easy to live. The rear seat backrests, for instance, can be folded very easily from the boot using integrated release handles.

Engines include a wide selection of petrol TSI and diesel TDI units. It kicks off with the 1.2 TSI 105PS, which develops 105PS and, on paper at least, returns 57.6mpg and 114g/km CO2. Other options are the 53.3mpg 1.4-litre TSI and 1.8 TSI engine (47.9mpg) that will be used for sportier models. All three petrol engines are available with a DSG twin-clutch automatic gearbox.  

Diesels are the 105PS 1.6-litre TDI 105PS, (74.3mpg/99g/km) and 150PS 2.0-litre TDI (68.0mpg/112g/km CO2). Interestingly, SEAT has also unveiled a new Ecomotive version of the 1.6-litre TDI that comes in at 87g/km and 85.6mpg combined. It's also quicker than the standard 1.6-litre, getting to 62mph in 10.4 seconds, while the 105PS 1.6 TDI version does it in 11.1 seconds.

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