The 2017 SEAT Leon Rivervale Review
The SEAT Leon 5dr has been crowned What Car? Best Family Car in the £18,000-£20,000 category for 2017. The first-generation SEAT Leon was introduced in 2000 and this year the third-generation has been released with updates both inside and out, as well as more advanced safety features and driver aids.
Our Account Manager Jordan looked around the 2017 SEAT Leon 1.6 TDI Dynamic Technology …
On the outside the SEAT Leon has had a facelift with a streamlined body and sporty touch to create a contemporary design. The bumper and grille have been remodelled and illumination has been revised to introduce LED headlights, fog lights and indicators.
The wheelbase of the updated SEAT Leon has been increased slightly resulting in more space for rear seat passengers as well as a larger boot space which is now 380 litres.
Inside, the focus is on the driver with a driver orientated dashboard creating easy access to all features. The old multimedia system has been replaced with a new model. There are now few buttons so users can use the touchscreen which varies in size from 5” to 8” depending on trim
level, or use voice control. Full Link technology features on the infotainment system meaning you can integrate your smartphone and access all information contained and apps used on the go.
The introduction of an electronic parking brake has left more space for a larger storage area which can include a wireless charging pad.
The engine range SEAT is offering has been overhauled. There is a new 1.6 TDI engine
available as well as a 1.0 TSI petrol engine which has already been seen elsewhere in Europe, but has only just made it to the UK. All engines are Euro 6 compliant.
There are 6 different petrol engines available. A 1.2 TSI 110PS engine is available on the SE Dynamic and SE Technology trim levels. The new 1.0 TSI 115PS Ecomotive engine can only be found on the SE Technology trim level. A 1.4 TSI 125PS and 1.4 150PS, which is also available in DSG auto, is available on the FR technology and Xcellence trim levels. The 1.8 TSI 180 PS also available in DSG auto, and only available on the FR technology and Xcellence trim levels. The final and most powerful engine is the 2.0 TSI 300PS which can be found in DSG Auto. This is the fastest engine with a top speed of 155mph and a 0-62 mph time of only 5.7 seconds. However, this engine is only available with the CUPRA 300 and is the most polluting with CO2 emissions of up to 158g/km and has the lowest mpg figure at 41.5.
The most frugal petrol engine is the 1.0 TSI 115PS Ecomotive with a combine mpg of 64.2 and the lowest CO2 emissions of 102g/km.
Those who prefer a diesel engine have a range of 3 engines to choose from. Firstly, there is the 1.6 TDI 115PS engine, with a DSG auto version, which has the highest combined mpg of all the engines at 70.6 and the lowest CO2 emissions of the diesel engines at 105g/km. This engine is the only one available on the S trim level and can also be found on the SE dynamic and SE technology models. The next engine is a 2.0 TDI 150PS found on either the FR technology or Xcellence trim levels. The final diesel engine is the most powerful 2.0 TDI 184PS engine found on the FR technology and Xcellence trim levels. This engine is the fastest of the diesel engines with a top speed of 142 mph and a 0-62mph
time of 7.5 seconds. It is the most polluting with 120g/km of CO2 emissions and has the lowest mpg total of the diesel engines at 61.4.
Driver Aids and Safety Technology
The SEAT Leon has been awarded NCAP’s highest 5* safety award. Many of the safety features seen have already been introduced on the SEAT Ateca and are available as options;
- Rear view camera.
- Rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights.
- Pedestrian protection – this system will watch out for any unexpected objects in your direction of travel. If this occurs, a visual and acoustic warning will be given to the driver and if necessary, the brakes will be applied and the vehicle brought to a stop.
- Traffic jam assist – this features gives your feet a break in stop-start traffic by controlling acceleration or deceleration to keep you at a safe distance from the car in front.
- Emergency assist – in an emergency your SEAT may react more quickly than you can so will apply the brakes and stop the vehicle.
- Tiredness recognition system – if you’ve been driving for a while you will get a gentle reminder to make sure you take a break.
- Adaptive cruise control – this feature will automatically decrease speed if you get too close to the car in front and then accelerate again to your chosen speed when the road ahead clears.
- Lane assist – you are protected from drifting out of your lane and your SEAT will correct your steering for you if you are heading off course.
- High beam assist – takes any worry out of dazzling oncoming drivers by automatically changing between normal and full headlights depending on the current conditions.
- Traffic sign recognition.
Which Trim Levels Can I Choose From?
SEAT has provided 6 trim levels to choose from with the new 5dr Leon. The choice begins at S trim which has everything you need on the road and becomes increasingly luxurious until the top of the range CUPRA model. Differences between different trim levels are seen in the table below;
Seat Leon Trim Levels
|S||SE Dynamic Technology, in addition to or in place of S features||SE Technology, in addition to or in place of SE Dynamic features|
|Hidden exhaust pipe||Front fog lights||Aerodynamic package (rear and side spoilers)(Ecomotive engines only)|
|Halogen headlights with halogen daytime running lights||Halogen headlights with small LED daytime running lights||Low roll resist tyres|
|Electrically adjustable exterior mirrors||Heated exterior mirrors||Closed radiator grille (Ecomotive engines only)|
|12V power supply in front console||Front and rear electric windows||17" dynamic alloy wheels|
|Front electric windows||Front and rear reading lights|
|Front reading lights||Illuminated glove box|
|Low centre console||High centre console with integrated box and cup holder|
|Air conditioning||Interior chrome detailing|
|Manual parking brake||Front seatback storage pockets|
|Comfort suspension||Gearbox with longer ratios (Ecomotive engines only)|
|3.5" driver display||Electronic parking brake|
|Gearshift indicator||Electro-mechanical power steering|
|Multi collision braking system||Rear parking sensors|
|15" urban steel wheels||Cruise control|
|Media system with 5" touchscreen/USB/Bluetooth/FM radio||Front Assist with pedestrian protection|
|Hill hold control|
|16" design alloy wheels|
|Media system plus with 8" touchscreen/2XUSB/CD player/Voice recognition/DAB radio/Navigation system|
|Front assist with pedestrian protection|
Seat Leon Trim Levels
|FR Technology, in addition to or in place of SE Technology features||Xcellence Technology, in addition to or in place of FR Technology features||CUPRA 300 in addition to or in place of FR Technology Technoogy features|
|Visible twin exhaust pipes||Radiator grille with chrome||19" alloy wheels|
|Full LED Headlights||Window surrounds in chrome||Integrated Bluetooth handsfree system|
|Electrically Foldable exterior mirrors||LED interior illumination pack||Centre armrest in front|
|Exclusive FR front and rear bumpers||Keyless enter and go||Exterior mirrors in gloss black|
|Dark tinted rear windows||Front parking sensors||Exclusive CUPRA front and rear bumpers|
|Front and rear reading lights with ambient spots||Convenience pack||Red brake callipers with CUPRA logo|
|Dual zone climate control||Connectivity hub||Pedals with aluminium cover|
|SEAT drive profile||Additional CUPRA drive profile|
|Gearshift paddles on steering wheel with DSG engines|
As well as various trim levels, there are many packs to choose from including; pet pack, business pack, adventure pack, travel pack and my favourite the gadget pack which comes complete with an espresso machine!
The new SEAT Leon 5dr range starts at £17,445.
Do you think the latest SEAT Leon update is enough to tempt buyers away from rivals such as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, or Volkswagen Golf?
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13 June 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy