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2017 (67) SEAT Leon2.0 TDI 184 Xcellence Technology 5dr

Linwood SEAT / ŠKODA

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

'Lights On' warning buzzer8" touch screen
Bluetooth Handsfree Phone ConnectionFront parking sensors
Low fuel warning lightOutside temperature gauge
Rear parking sensorsRemote fuel flap release
SEAT logo boot releaseService interval indicator
Touch screen displayTrip computer
Voice control system 

Entertainment

2 USB ports2 X SD card slot
Auxiliary input socketBluetooth audio streaming
Connecting box + Keyless entryDAB Digital radio
Radio/CD + MP3Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls

Exterior Features

Aluminium front door sillsBody colour door handles
Body coloured bumpersBody coloured door mirrors
Chrome radiator grille and surroundChrome window surround
Dark tinted rear windowsElectric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinchElectric headlamp adjustment
High gloss black finish B and C pillarsLED indicators in door mirrors
Rear wash/wipeReverse activated kerb-view adjustment on passenger's door mirror
Twin exhaust pipes 

Interior Features

12v power point in centre console3 height adjustable rear headrests
60/40 split folding rear seatActive head restraints
Additional heating and ventilation outlet in rear of centre consoleAmbient lighting
Boot netDriver seat lumbar adjustment
Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrorsDual zone climate control
Dust/pollen filterFront adjustable head restraints
Front armrest with storage boxFront cupholders x 2
Front seatback pocketsFront sports seats
Front/rear floor matsHeight/reach adjust steering wheel
Illuminated bootIlluminated glovebox
Illuminated rear centre consoleInstrument lighting with brightness control
Leather handbrakeLeather steering wheel and gear knob
Leather upholsteryLED reading lights
Luggage tie-down hooksPassenger seat height adjuster
Passenger seat lumbar adjustRear armrest
Rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment 

Packs

Full LED headlight pack - LeonWinter pack - Leon

Safety

3 point rear seatbelts x3ABS + traction control
Child proof door locksCollision mitigation braking system
Curtain airbagsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
Drivers knee airbagElectronic parking brake with auto hold
ESP+EBAFront assist including city emergency braking
Front seatbelt pretensionersFront Seatbelt warning
Front side airbagsHill hold control
Passenger airbag deactivation systemTyre pressure monitoring system

Security

2 folding remote keys with window open/close functionEngine immobiliser
Remote central locking + deadlocksVolumetric alarm with back up horn

Technical

XDS electronic differential lock 

Trim

Chrome interior trim
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)118Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1968Compression Ratio15.8:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)81Cylinders - Stroke (mm)95.5
Engine Code5F14TXEngine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryCOMMON RAILGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves16TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)62.8EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)68.9EC Urban (mpg)53.3

General

Badge Engine CC2.0Badge Power184
Coin DescriptionTDI 184Coin SeriesXcellence Tech[Lthr]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0724EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.5Engine Power - BHP184
Engine Power - KW135Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3500Engine Torque - LBS.FT280
Engine Torque - MKG38.7Engine Torque - NM380
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed142

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear225/45 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleDYNAMICWheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1459Length4282
Wheelbase2636Width1816

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1880
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1210Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)380
Max. Loading Weight585Max. Towing Weight - Braked1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked680Minimum Kerbweight1295
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.3
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 FR Technology

SEAT's improved third generation Leon looks tempting in sporty FR Technology trim. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

If you'd like your family hatchback with a dash more attitude than the normal bland box, look to SEAT and its striking Leon, now improved with smarter looks and extra media connectivity. With the car benefiting from the best engineering that the Volkswagen Group can offer, think of it as a Golf with a sharper suit and a keener price tag. Oh, and a bit of a sporty feel in racy FR Technology form.

Background

It took quite a while for the public to warm to the radical step change that SEAT introduced when it moved from the hugely popular Mk1 SEAT Leon of 2000 to the bigger and slicker second generation car introduced in 2005. That's often how it is when radical designs are introduced. Many of the cars that we slated as being ugly now look really good. The Leon was never ugly but some of the other designs spun off that styling theme in the SEAT line up weren't the happiest looking things. The benefit of hindsight shows that the Leon was the best interpretation of ex-Alfa man Walter da Silva's design language. It never reprised the sales success of the original, and SEAT is looking to kick start interest in the Leon line with an improved third generation model that looks tauter and subtly more modern. Especially in the sporty FR Technology form we look at here. Still want that Golf?

Driving Experience

The Leon made its name as a sporty selection and the latest line-up is powered by efficient yet powerful TDI diesel and TSI petrol engines. In FR Technology spec, you choose between a 150PS 1.4-litre EcoTSI petrol unit or the 2.0-litre TDI diesel with either 150 or 184PS. The Leon FR hot hatch features an interesting function called SEAT Drive Profile. This allows the driver to vary the characteristics of the power steering, throttle control and even the engine sound via a sound actuator using three modes: eco, comfort and sport. There is also a facility to tailor the settings according to the driver's preference. The interior ambient LED lighting changes according to the selected setting: white in eco and comfort modes, and red in sport. No red mist please. FR models get firmer suspension and wider tyres than standard variants, but even here, the ride balance is one you'll be happy to live with in the traffic jams, urban jungles and motorway mileages of real life. There's an extra dash of spirit in this car which for some reason, I just don't feel in an apparently identical Volkswagen Golf. Perhaps the sportier styling and more dynamic brand image that this SEAT has lead you to push it that little bit harder, revealing unexpected handling talent that a Golf or an Octavia could also offer if only given the chance. Maybe. But somehow I doubt it.

Design and Build

As before, Leon FR Technology buyers choose from either a five-door hatch, an 'ST' estate model or an 'SC' three-door coupe. In all three cases, SEAT says that visual style was one of the key reasons why people bought the original version of this car, so it wasn't necessary with this facelifted version to change the aesthetics too much. A few tweaks though, have been made. At the front and rear, there are revised bumpers and bodywork with sharper, more assertive lines, plus there's a smarter chromed front grille. Otherwise, it's as you were, the FR trim level including a well-judged bodykit that lifts the look of the standard shape a small but significant amount. Inside, the ambient lighting LEDs' intensity can be regulated as the driver wishes from the newly redesigned eight-inch central infotainment screen. This monitor eliminates the need for many of the buttons and dials that were scattered around the fascia on the previous model. From this monitor, the LED ambient lighting of the cabin can be dimmed or intensified, giving the interior a classy feel. Otherwise, things are much as they were before, which means that passenger space is very class-competitive and there's a decently sized 380-litre boot in the hatch model. If you need more space than that, the ST estate offers 587-litres.

Market and Model

FR Leon buyers get the choice of five-door hatch, three-door SC Coupe or ST estate bodystyles and they can choose either a 6-speed manual or a DSG automatic gearbox. Pricing starts at around the £21,500 mark for the 1.4-litre EcoTSI petrol hatch variant. You'll need around £900 more for the 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel variant. As well as a sportier look, this outlay buys you smart titanium 18-inch alloy wheels, a navigation system, a high quality stereo sound set-up with sub-woofer and full LED headlights. There are key changes with regard to media connectivity, this revised Leon featuring the latest generation of the brand's 'Easy Connect' infotainment systems, activated by this model's new 'Media System Plus' eight-inch screen. Customers can also specify a 'Connectivity Box' in the central console that enables wireless smartphone charging. And there's the brand's 'Full Link' system, which enables you to use apps from your smartphone on the fascia screen via either the 'Apple CarPlay' or 'Android Auto' media systems. This improved Leon also features many more options when it comes to electronic safety systems. Examples of this include 'Traffic Jam Assist', which virtually drives the car for you in stop/start traffic. And a 'Pedestrian Protection System' which scans the road ahead not only for other vehicles that might pose accident hazards but also people too.

Cost of Ownership

It's not easy to cut back the weight of a modern family hatchback in a market where buyers want their cars to be safer and more heavily equipped. Yet thanks to the use of the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, this SEAT manages to be very competitive in this regard. There's also a Start/Stop system that cuts the engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. Plus an Energy Recovery system that stores brake energy usually lost as heat and uses it to help power the car's electrical systems, ultimately preserving fuel. All part of what SEAT calls 'Ecomotive technology'. The 2.0 TDI 184PS variant manages 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and 121g/km of CO2 in ST estate form. Or 67.3mg and 112g/km in 150PS 2.0 TDI guise. Don't automatically tick the box for a TDI diesel Leon FR though until you've properly considered the petrol proposition. For the 1.4 EcoTSI, the figures are 60.1mpg and 114g/km. Bear in mind that if you go for an 'FR Technology' specification Leon, then your car with come with a 'Drive Profile' system incorporating an 'Eco' mode. This helps you maximise your running cost returns by trimming the air conditioning back, indicating the best gear change points and prompting a coasting mode on the motorway when a DSG gearbox is fitted.

Summary

This improved third generation SEAT Leon looks a very promising package indeed. Better looking than before, classier inside and out, with super-efficient engines and the retention of its sporting appeal in FR Technology form, it's exactly the car the Spanish brand needs to resurrect its fortunes in this sector. With some previous Leon models, this was a car that you'd recommend with caveats. Something like : 'It's a good car but the interior's a weak point. You need to avoid some of the older diesel engines. And the driver technology is a bit behind the times'. None of that now. This time round, SEAT has surgically excised each of these reasons for passing the Leon over. We're excited, especially by this car in FR Technology guise. If you're looking to buy a family hatchback with a bit of a spark to it, you should be too.

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
Styling
80%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
80%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
80%

This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

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** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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