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Why Lease The Leon Hatchback?

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Seat Leon Hatchback Review 2023

With the new Seat Leon Hatchback, the Spanish manufacturer has raised the bar for compact cars. Combining sleek design, cutting-edge technology, and exhilarating performance, the Seat Leon Hatchback is a strong contender in its segment.

Rivals to the Seat Leon Hatchback include the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3.

Our Seat Leon Hatchback review covers:

Seat Leon Hatchback Key Features

  • Modern and sporty exterior design with sleek lines and aggressive front
  • Well-crafted cabin that's comfortable and exudes a premium feel, even for its class
  • 380-litre boot, rear seats split and fold 60:40
  • Range of engine options, petrol and diesel engines as well as hybrid variants
  • Four trim levels are available: SE, SE Dynamic, FR and FR Sport

Seat Leon Hatchback Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Stylish Design
  • Comfortable Interior
  • Responsive Handling

Cons:

  • Rear Visibility
  • Limited Hybrid Range
  • Limited All-Wheel Drive Availability

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The design of the new Seat Leon Hatchback is one of its standout features. The car boasts a modern and sleek exterior with clean lines and an aggressive front fascia. The LED headlights and taillights add a touch of sophistication while providing excellent visibility. The overall design language is sporty and dynamic, appealing to those who appreciate a contemporary look.

Seat Leon Hatchback Exterior

Practicality is an area where the Seat Leon Hatchback excels. Despite its sporty appearance, the hatchback offers ample space for both passengers and cargo. The spacious interior comfortably accommodates five adults, providing adequate legroom and headroom in both the front and rear seats. The rear seats can be folded down in a split configuration, allowing for versatile cargo arrangements. This flexibility is especially useful for transporting larger items while still providing seating for passengers.

The boot space in the Seat Leon Hatchback is impressive for its class. With the rear seats in their upright position, it offers a capacity of 380 litres. This is sufficient for everyday grocery shopping, luggage for short trips, or everyday commuting needs. However, the real advantage comes into play when the rear seats are folded down. By doing so, the boot space expands significantly, providing approximately 1,100 litres of cargo capacity.

Interior and Trims

The interior of the new Seat Leon Hatchback is designed to provide a comfortable and premium driving experience. The cabin features high-quality materials and a clean, modern layout that exudes a sense of refinement. The overall design is driver-centric, with essential controls and functions placed within easy reach.

The hatchback is equipped with a user-friendly infotainment system that includes a touchscreen display. The system supports various connectivity options, such as Bluetooth, USB, and smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto). Depending on the trim level, the screen size and available features may vary, but overall, the system offers intuitive controls and easy access to entertainment and navigation features.

The Seat Leon Hatchback typically comes with a modern climate control system that allows passengers to set individual preferences for temperature and airflow, ensuring a comfortable interior environment regardless of the weather outside.

Four trim levels are available: SE, SE Dynamic, FR and FR Sport.

The base Leon SE trim comes with an 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, along with Bluetooth and DAB radio. LED headlights, air conditioning, rear parking sensors, front and rear electric windows, keyless start, heated electric door mirrors, and 16-inch wheels are also included.

Moving up to the SE Dynamic models, you'll find a 10-inch voice-controlled infotainment system with satnav featuring live traffic updates and a digital driver's display. Additionally, this trim adds front parking sensors and 17-inch wheels.

The sporty-looking FR model within the FR range stands out with its deeper bumpers, flat-bottomed leather steering wheel, and sports suspension. It also introduces a drive mode selector with options like Normal, Sport, Eco, or Individual. The FR trim includes 3-zone climate control, a wireless charging pad, four USB sockets, dynamic turn signals, and electrically folding door mirrors.

For those seeking an even sportier appearance, the FR Sport comes with 18-inch wheels and 'microsuede' upholstery on the seats. The front seats and steering wheel are heated, and the electrically adjustable driver's seat and door mirrors feature memory settings. The rest of the specifications remain similar to the regular FR trim.

Power and Performance

Seat has a variety of petrol and diesel engine options available to cater to different drivers' needs. Among these options, the 150hp 1.5-litre petrol engine stands out as the best overall choice due to its lively performance, smooth operation, and reasonable fuel efficiency. However, for individuals covering higher mileage, diesel engines may be more suitable.

Additionally, the Seat Leon Hatchback offers a plug-in hybrid variant, which is worth considering for those who frequently drive in urban areas and have access to charging facilities. The hybrid's electric motor proves most efficient in city driving conditions.

Seat Leon Hatchback Interior

Regardless of the engine choice, all versions of the Seat Leon have light steering, enhancing manoeuvrability in tight city streets. Its tight turning circle makes it particularly adept for city driving. However, it is essential to note that visibility could be improved, and parking sensors become valuable aids when manoeuvring in confined spaces.

Overall, the Seat Leon Hatchback impresses with its stylish design, well-crafted interior, and exhilarating performance. It's a practical and attractive choice for those seeking a compact car that doesn't compromise on features or driving pleasure. With a range of engine options and advanced safety and infotainment technologies, the Seat Leon Hatchback stands out as a compelling offering in the competitive hatchback market. Whether you're a daily commuter or an enthusiastic driver, the Seat Leon Hatchback is definitely worth considering.

Leasing vs Buying

The Seat Leon Hatchback is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £23,630.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from £220.63.

If you're considering leasing a Seat Leon Hatchback, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).

Leasing a Seat Leon Hatchback can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.

It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest Audi retailer. 

Customer Reviews

SEAT Leon Hatchback
Average Rating Based on 436 reviews
4.3 out of 5

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4.7 out of 5
Andrew SEAT Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR Sport *Incl. Panoramic Sunroof*

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4.1 out of 5
Steven Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR MY22

Pros: spacious for class of vehicle Economy regularly 55+ mpg Good value lease compared to similar vehicles Cons: 130 bhp is feels underpowered Sat nav poor

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5.0 out of 5
Nigel Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR MY22

Excellent fuel consumption on motorway journeys does around 52 mpg. Great connectivity I use android auto an Amazon music. Brilliant for Google maps navigation as well. I like the voice recognition where I can call hands free and change the temperature hands free.

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4.7 out of 5
Audrey Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR Sport

The display screen does not always come on when car is started

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4.6 out of 5
Denzil Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR

Dislike automatic braking function on this car.

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4.4 out of 5
Nigel Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR MY22

All as required - size, handling, road holding, performance, enjoyable driving

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4.3 out of 5
Gillian Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR Sport

You get a lot of car for the money, slightly under powered, but still a lovely car to drive.

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4.0 out of 5
Kevin Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR MY22

The infotainment system with integrated heating controls needs a rethink. You can't see the heater in the dark. This is a real backwards step.

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3.9 out of 5
Timothy Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR MY22

Engine feels quite underpowered and acceleration is poor.

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4.3 out of 5
Richard Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 eTSI 150 FR DSG

My only disappointment is with SEAT for unilaterally reducing the specifications of the car during production and then compounding this by not telling me, or you, about this. Complaints to SEAT have met with an unhelpful response

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4.4 out of 5
Peter Seat Leon Hatchback 1.0 TSI SE *Free Metallic Paint*

Best car i have ever had

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5.0 out of 5
Lee Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO FR Model Year 22

Love everything about it

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4.4 out of 5
Mark Seat Leon Hatchback 1.0 TSI SE *Free Metallic Paint*

I am very happy with the vehicle and the service that I have received!!! Thank You

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4.0 out of 5
Kelly Seat Leon Hatchback 1.0 TSI SE *Free Metallic Paint*

Lane handling is awful. The car tries to pull you into the correct lane which is dangerous given all the crazy road works and new lanes created. You need to turn this off every time you start the engine - very annoying. Other than that, I do really like this car.

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3.7 out of 5
Neil Seat Leon Hatchback 1.5 TSI EVO 150 FR Sport

I leased the Cupra 290 before this one so I had to adjust to the big drop in performance. However, the 1.5 tsi 150 engine has enough power for almost all road situations. The Sport trim adds the 18" wheels which look good and have rim protection. Overall this is a very good car that looks sporty and is cheap to run. The metallic desire red is the best colour for this vehicle. I would recommend it to others.

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