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66 Seat Leon 1.6 TDI Ecomotive SE 5dr [Technology Pack]

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzer6.5" colour touchscreen with proximity sensor
Bluetooth Handsfree Phone ConnectionCruise control
Digital clock and outside temperature displayLow fuel warning light
Multi function displayRemote fuel flap release
SEAT logo boot releaseService interval indicator
Speed sensitive power steeringTouch screen display
Trip computerVoice control system


Auxiliary input socketBluetooth audio streaming
DAB Digital radioRadio/CD + MP3
SD card slotSteering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
USB port 

Exterior Features

Body colour door handlesBody coloured bumpers
Body coloured door mirrorsChromed centre radiator grille surround
Cornering front fog lightsElectric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinch
Electric headlamp adjustmentElectrically adjustable door mirrors
Heated door mirrorsLED indicators in door mirrors
Rear wash/wipe 

Interior Features

12v power point in centre console3 height adjustable rear headrests
Active head restraintsAdditional heating and ventilation outlet in rear of centre console
Ambient lightingCloth upholstery
Driver seat height/lumbar adjustDriver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Dust/pollen filterFront adjustable head restraints
Front armrest with storage boxFront comfort seats
Front cupholders x 2Front map reading lights
Front seatback pocketsFront/rear floor mats
Height/reach adjust steering wheelIlluminated glovebox
Leather handbrakeLeather steering wheel and gear knob
Luggage tie-down hooksPassenger seat height adjuster
Rear reading lightsRear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment
Split folding rear seat 


Full LED headlight pack - Leon 


3 point rear seatbelts x3ABS + traction control
Child proof door locksCollision mitigation braking system
Curtain airbagsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbagESP+EBA
Front seatbelt pretensionersFront Seatbelt warning
Front side airbagsHill hold control
Passenger airbag deactivation systemTyre pressure monitoring system


Engine immobiliserLocking wheel bolts
Remote central locking + deadlocksSecond remote key
Volumetric alarm with back up horn 


Comfort suspensionXDS electronic differential lock


Chrome interior trim 


16" Design alloy wheels
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification


CO2 (g/km)94Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Compression Ratio16.2:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)79.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)80.5
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves16

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)78.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)83.1EC Urban (mpg)68.9


Badge Engine CC1.6Badge Power110
Coin DescriptionTDI EcomotiveCoin SeriesSE [Technology Pack]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0715EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %94
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %92NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %70NCAP Safety Assist %71
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 


0 to 62 mph (secs)10.5Engine Power - BHP110
Engine Power - KW81Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3200Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG26Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed124


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/55 R16
Tyre Size Rear205/55 R16Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleDESIGNWheel Type16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions


Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1790
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1210Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
Max. Loading Weight530Max. Towing Weight - Braked1000
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked630Minimum Kerbweight1260
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.1
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

SEAT Leon Ecomotive

SEAT's third generation Leon is at its most efficient in Ecomotive guise. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

If you thought all economy-minded cars were bland and boring, take a look at SEAT's Leon Ecomotive. It retains a degree of fun yet will still return fuel consumption figures of 85.6mpg and emit just 87g/km of carbon dioxide. With prices starting at less than £20,000, it's not going to break too many budgets.


The SEAT Leon is, in many people's eyes, a car that peaked early. It sold in huge numbers in its first generation guise, largely due to the fact that it was a novelty. It offered the same build quality of a Volkswagen at a fraction of the price. The second generation model didn't. Volkswagen wanted to protect the bottom line of its Golf and hobbled the Leon with a downmarket interior that reminded everybody very clearly of its position in the hierarchy. With this latest third generation car, the Leon once again feels like a quality product inside and out. The engineering hasn't been dumbed down either and nowhere is that more apparent than in the Ecomotive model. This gets the full draft of Volkswagen Group fuel-saving technology and uses it to excellent effect. With hybrid cars growing in popularity, the Leon Ecomotive demonstrates that there's plenty of life yet in a good diesel engine.

Driving Experience

Power comes from a 1.6-litre TDI diesel, mated in this instance to a six-speed manual transmission the ratios of which are spaced for optimum efficiency. This gearbox is a fundamental difference between the Leon Ecomotive and the standard Leon 1.6 TDI, which itself emits a very modest 99 g/km, but only gets a five-speed manual gearbox. Other changes over the standard Leon 1.6 TDI include a higher engine output, up from 105PS to 110PS, and the fitment of low rolling resistance tyres. The sprint to 62mph comes and goes in around 10 seconds, so the car isn't by any means sluggish, although the relatively narrow tyres aren't going to be the very last word in ultimate grip when cornering. The chassis of the SEAT Leon is simple in its architecture with MacPherson strut front suspension, while the rear uses torsion beam suspension. As with the rest of the Leon range, a lot of work has gone into improving the car's refinement, with particular attention devoted to isolating engine vibrations and optimising airflow over the body at speed.

Design and Build

SEAT hasn't left too many stones unturned in its quest to optimise the fuel economy of the Leon Ecomotive. To that end, as well as the low rolling resistance tyres, it also gets a slippery body package comprising rear and side spoilers and the suspension is lowered by 15mm, while the radiator grille is unique to the Ecomotive. The effect is quite subtle though and you still get features like 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights with cornering function. Rest assured, it doesn't look like a penny-pincher's sort of car. At 4.26 metres long, the MK3 Leon hatchback is actually five centimetres shorter than its predecessor, which means it's easier to park, but through clever packaging and a six centimetre longer wheelbase, SEAT has managed to improve interior space, especially for those in the back. Despite a shorter rear overhang, the 380-litre luggage bay is 40-litres bigger too. I'm still trying to figure that one out. Certain design cues remain, such as the 'Linea Dinimica' that runs rearwards over the wheel arches and the trapezoidal C-pillars - and you'll still recognise it as a Leon. In comparison to its predecessor, it just looks like the 'after' shots in those muscle magazines. The cabin looks cleaner too, with a dashboard that no longer looks so obviously built down to a price. The Ecomotive variant is also offered in ST estate and SC coupe for those who need more room - or less.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £19,000 for the three-door SC coupe, with the five-door hatch tacking £300 onto those prices and the ST estate weighing in at around £20,500. That's not at all bad value for money compared with, say, a Golf TDI BlueMotion, which costs the best part of £21,000 in hatchback form. Just because you're paying less doesn't mean that this car has been ruthlessly de-contented either. The Ecomotive is based on the popular SE specification and as such, gets features such as a leather steering wheel and gear knob, air conditioning, electric windows all around (aside from SC versions), a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, SEAT's Easy Connect multimedia system, and a front armrest/storage box. Get in quick and you may well find your car fitted with the otherwise optional Technology Pack, which endows it with full-LED headlights (including their distinctive strip-LED daytime running lights), satellite navigation and a DAB radio - so every medium-wave radio talk show rant can be enjoyed in crystal clear digital quality.

Cost of Ownership

The big draw with the Leon Ecomotive is its incredibly low day to day running costs. Fuel consumption is rated at 85.6mpg, while emissions are a super-low 87g/km. Both of those figures are better than you'd get from a Toyota Prius hybrid. But how does this MK3 Leon Ecomotive achieve a 12g/km improvement over the second-generation version, despite being more powerful? Well, it's largely achieved by a 90kg weight reduction and a 10 per cent improvement in aerodynamic efficiency. These changes help this car travel 11.3 miles further per gallon of fuel than the standard Leon 1.6 TDI, according to their respective combined consumption ratings. As with every other model in the Leon range, this Ecomotive variant comes with an Energy Recovery set-up and a Start/Stop System, the former to capture and store brake energy otherwise lost as heat, which can be used to power electrical systems, and the latter to shut down the engine when the car is at a standstill, preserving fuel. The Leon has always been a vehicle that has carried an extremely reasonable asking price that is in turn backed up by solid residual values.


The SEAT Leon Ecomotive is a strong all-round package with little in the way of significant caveats. The pricing is tight, the economy and emissions are right up there with the best, residuals are looking rosy and you even get a choice of three well-equipped body styles with much-improved build quality. Show me how SEAT's going wrong there. Okay, so if you buy into the whole SEAT sports thing, you might well find the Leon Ecomotive not quite as exciting as some other models in the range, but it's still a decent drive, certainly offering a good deal more involvement than a Prius. It depends on what you're looking for from family-sized eco-minded transport. If you don't want to make too many compromises from a 'normal' family car, the SEAT will be for you. If you want to look conspicuously green, choose a hybrid. One thing's for sure though. I'd back the Leon Ecomotive to win any such comparison when it came to three year running costs. We're always looking for ways to cut costs without affecting desirability. SEAT has a ready-made answer.


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Representative finance example
Monthly payment£235
Term (months)49
Fixed interest rate6.81%
Cash price£13,998
Credit amount£13,763
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£5071.25
Total amount payable£16,596.25
Contract mileage40000
Excess mileage charge4.8p per mile
APRFixed 6.8% APR representative

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