SEAT Leon Estate Review 2024

SEAT Leon Estate At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The SEAT Leon Estate offers strong value for money, handsome styling and a good driving experience. Factor in a practical boot and you have an appealing family estate car.

+More practical than an equivalent SEAT Leon hatchback. Genuinely engaging to drive. Good value for money.

-A Skoda Octavia Estate is even roomier inside. Touchscreen is frustrating to use. Efficient plug-in hybrid model is currently not sold in the UK.

SEAT may offer a range of SUVS, such as the Ateca and Tarraco, but there is still plenty of practicality to be found in a traditional estate car. The latest SEAT Leon Estate has moved upmarket, coming close to challenging the Volkswagen Golf Estate.

Not everybody needs, or wants, an SUV to deal with the demands of family life. An estate car can be just as effective when it comes to load-lugging, even if it might not have the same ‘on trend’ image as a higher-riding alternative

SEAT’s Leon Estate remains a top choice for those who require maximum space on a budget, and want to steer clear of an SUV. Priced from around £25,000, it represents a lot of car for the money, aided by plenty of standard equipment across the range.

The SEAT Leon’s main party piece is its cargo capacity. With the rear seats up, the Spanish-built car can swallow 620 litres of luggage. That is only just behind the mechanically similar Skoda Octavia Estate, and more than the (also related) Volkswagen Golf Estate. Space for passengers is also generous, with plenty of room in both the front and rear. Playing the family holdall will be no issue for the Leon.

Previously, the SEAT Leon was easily discernible as the budget option in the Volkswagen Group hierarchy. However, the changes made to the interior of the latest model have pushed this estate closer to premium territory. Build quality feels on par with the Golf and Octavia, thanks to liberal use of soft-touch materials.

Adding to the sense of upmarket value is a list of standard equipment that includes climate control air-con, LED headlights and rear parking sensors. Higher-spec versions of the Leon gain more kit, such as a digital instrument panel and wireless smartphone charging.

The only downside is the infotainment system familiar from other Volkswagen Group models. It makes use of a touchscreen to operate almost every interior function, with a menu system that feels unintuitive. 

At least the SEAT Leon Estate driving experience remains frustration-free. Accurate steering, plenty of grip and a strong resistance to body-roll mean it’s easy to make swift progress. The Spanish wagon also helps the driver feel part of the process, being a genuinely rewarding car to drive.

SEAT offers the Leon with a host of petrol and diesel engines, but the efficient plug-in hybrid model is currently unavailable. Most buyers will be served best by the 1.5-litre TSI petrol, which comes with a choice of 130PS and 150PS outputs. It can handle the SEAT Leon Estate when fully loaded, and offers a decent blend of performance and economy.

Fleet users, or those doing regular long journeys, will be drawn to the 2.0 TDI diesel. This can achieve up to almost 66mpg in official fuel economy tests, while delivering strong performance in 150PS guise.

The Volkswagen Golf Estate and Skoda Octavia Estate are the more obvious choices in this segment, along with the Ford Focus Estate. However, the SEAT Leon delivers a pleasing combination of practicality, affordability and fun. It has very few weaknesses, providing the temptation to buy another SUV can be resisted…

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