The 2017 SEAT Leon Rivervale Review

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 …

Exterior Features

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.

seat leon front angle

Interior Features
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.

seat leon full link

The introduction of an electronic parking brake has left more space for a larger storage area which can include a wireless charging pad.

seat leon rear view camera

Engines Available
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.

What are the Benefits of Euro 6?

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.

seat leon rear angle

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.

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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

 SSE 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     
Lower suspension     

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.

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