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Total cash price £10,999. Borrowing £8,799 with a £2,200 deposit at a representative APR of 12.9%.

49 monthly payments
£165.58
Fixed interest rate
12.9%
Total amount payable
£14,306.78
Cost of credit
£3,307.78
Optional final payment
£4,159.00
Annual mileage limit
6000 miles

SEAT Leon buying guide

You’ll find two generations of used SEAT Leon available for sale at Motorpoint – later versions of the model that launched in 2013 (and was facelifted in 2017), and the all-new car that arrived in 2020.

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What SEAT Leon trim levels are there?

SEAT is known for offering a bit more equipment than its VW overlord, and the Leon comes with a very generous specification. SE trim includes alloy wheels, LED lights, cruise control and a touchscreen with DAB radio, Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring. SE Dynamic (previously called SE Technology) adds bigger wheels and tinted windows – plus a bigger screen, online sat nav features and three-zone climate control for post-2020 models.

FR adds an athletic flavour with sports seats and firmed-up suspension, although it’s still very comfortable unless you hit a large pothole. You also get upgraded headlights, ambient lighting and drive modes to change the car’s character. To this, FR Sport brings heated seats and 18-inch alloy wheels amongst other things.

Head to Xcellence trim for a more luxurious (e)xperience. It pretty much matches the kit you get on FR Sport, plus a reversing camera and keyless entry. Xcellence Lux adds leather upholstery and additional active safety features.

SEAT Leon interior and technology

Both versions of the SEAT Leon that you’ll see for sale at Motorpoint have interiors heavily influenced by the Volkswagen Golf – not surprising seeing as Volkswagen is very keen on parts sharing. On pre-2020 versions, the eight-inch touchscreen is contained neatly in the dashboard next to the air vents, with a couple of banks of buttons and dials beneath. It’s smart inside, with a feeling of quality that pretty much matches the Golf.

The touchscreen uses widgets and tiles, which are quite easy to use while driving. Two buttons on the left-hand side let you toggle between the car’s infotainment system and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. On the latest Leon, the touchscreen has grown in size and now sits on top of the dashboard. It’s more in your eyeline but includes more features and menus.

Unlike the Golf, the Leon sticks with buttons on the steering wheel – although pretty much all the buttons on the dashboard have disappeared. This gives a cleaner look than before, making the difference between entry-level and high-spec models less obvious. The latest model offers marginally better interior quality than before, while vegan leather was added to manual Leons in 2021.

SEAT Leon engine range explained

(Most popular!) SEAT Leon 1.5 TSI EVO petrol

This engine is a brilliant all-rounder. Quick off the line, especially in its 150hp guise, the 1.5-litre petrol engine is capable of around 50mpg, and will take both local journeys and long motorway jaunts completely in its stride. Helping its fuel efficiency is the fact that two of its four cylinders can shut down under light throttle.

SEAT Leon 1.0 TSI petrol

Below the 1.5-litre petrol is a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol with 110hp. This doesn’t have quite the same power and acceleration, but will still prove plenty quick enough for many buyers. It, too, returns around 50mpg.

SEAT Leon 2.0 TSI petrol

The fastest version in the regular SEAT Leon lineup, the 2.0-litre TSI petrol has 190hp and a 0-62mph time of just 7.4 seconds. This engine is automatic only and officially returns up to 42mpg, so it still shouldn’t cost the earth to run.

SEAT Leon Cupra 2.0 TSI petrol

Crowning the range of the previous Leon is the Cupra hot hatch, with up to 300hp available from the same 2.0-litre petrol engine. This tended to come with four-wheel drive for all-weather grip. Now, the Cupra Leon is a separate model, and has a selection of powerful petrol and hybrid engines.

SEAT Leon 2.0 TDI diesel

High-mileage drivers and fuel economy enthusiasts can choose from two 2.0-litre diesels. The 115hp version manages up to 65mpg, but even the more powerful 150hp engine is only 1mpg lower. These will offer long ranges between fill-ups but won’t be suitable if you’re only going to be driving around town.

SEAT Leon 1.4 eHybrid

The best possible fuel economy figures actually come from the plug-in hybrid, which pairs a 1.4-litre petrol engine with a battery and electric motor. Use the electric power as much as possible and do lots of short journeys and you could see over 200mpg – although it won’t be quite so efficient on longer journeys where you’re predominantly using the petrol engine. With 207hp on tap, the eHybrid matches the 190hp petrol for flat-out acceleration. This engine was introduced in the post-2020 Leon.

Your SEAT Leon questions answered

The 2013-2020 SEAT Leon was offered with a choice of three- or five-door hatchbacks, or as a Sport Tourer (ST) estate – the three-door was discontinued in 2018 because most buyers want the extra practicality of five doors, but its stylish looks and rarity mean it’s well worth snapping up if you rarely use the rear seats.

This time around, there’s the five-door hatch and estate to pick from. The latter gets a truly huge boot that’ll swallow pushchairs, flatpack furniture and numerous suitcases. Both are offered with a new plug-in hybrid engine, alongside trusty petrol and diesel motors. As SEAT’s old Cupra performance brand is now left to fend for itself, the hot version of the SEAT Leon is now called the Cupra Leon.

The SEAT Leon is a pretty similar size to the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, so you shouldn’t have any trouble parking and manoeuvring. The latest model is about 10cm longer than its predecessor, at a little over 4.3m, while the estate is just under 30cm longer than the hatchback. Reversing is made easier with standard-fit rear parking sensors.

SEAT has added 5cm to the Leon’s wheelbase for this new generation, resulting in more generous rear-seat space than the previous car. Adults should have no complaints when it comes to head or legroom, while the increase in size means it’s a little less likely that kids will be able to kick the front seats.

Boot space for the hatchback remains the same as before, at 380 litres. That’s on a par with its main rivals, although the Leon eHybrid comes with a little less space. If that’s not big enough, the Leon estate offers 620 litres of space – and almost as much as a small van with the seats folded.

Short of a fully electric Leon, SEAT offers a wide range of engine choices to suit a wide range of buyers. There are multiple petrol and diesel engines, plus fast options. For this latest model, SEAT has added hybrid tech to give this sharp hatch even more appeal.

The SEAT Leon uses a lot of familiar parts – its engines and underpinnings are shared with a whole host of VW Group cars – so reliability shouldn't be a worry. Keep up with regular servicing and maintenance and the Leon will be able to cover a lot of miles.

The SEAT Leon deserves a place on your shortlist if you're after a Golf-sized car. It's stylish, well-equipped, relatively practical, economical and good to drive. Leons are typically cheaper than an equivalent Golf, as well.