The award winning SEAT Leon is renowned for being one of the best family hatchbacks, which combines a stylish car, with practicality and an excellent drive. The classy looks and superb build quality make for a reliable and desirable car, not to mention the low running costs. It's no surprise that the SEAT Leon won Auto Express' Compact Car of the Year in 2015.
There are a range of petrol and diesel engines available. With the petrol range featuring a 1.2-litre, 103bhp unit, a 1.4-litre, 138bhp unit and if you go further up the range you can also get a 178bhp output or the flagship Cupra, which has a powerful 276bhp engine. In terms of diesel, there is the choice of a 1.6-litre engine which has an output of 103bhp and a 2.0-litre unit which has 148bhp and 181bhp outputs available. The 1.6-litre diesel can be fitted with SEAT Ecomotive technology, achieving a very economical fuel consumption of up to 85.6mpg on a combined cycle and emitting only 87g/km of CO2, meaning the Leon is currently tax-free.
With four trim levels to choose from, there's something to suit everyone. The SEAT Leon is available with a Tech Pack, which offers satellite navigation, a touchscreen multimedia player with DAB digital radio, air-conditioning as standard and LED lights with daytime running lights integrated into the headlamps, which are as bright as xenons, but do not dazzle oncoming traffic.
The wide-opening rear doors make it easy to get in and out and there is a lot of leg and head space available for passengers. The drivers comfort is also fundamental in the Leon, boasting a range of seat and wheel adjustments to get the driving position just right for you. There is also plenty of storage solutions, with deep door bins, an air-conditioned glovebox and a centre console integrated cubby at your disposal. Boot space is also a really spacious 380-litres on the 3- and 5-door models, and a massive 587-litres boot space available in the estate model.
Safety in key in the SEAT Leon, and you can ensure that your family will be safe with a five-star Euro NCAP rating. All cars come as standard with seven airbags, which includes a driver's knee bag. There is also a tyre-pressure monitor and stability control with emergency brake assist as standard, meaning you'll be safe, even if there is a sudden change in traffic movement. You can also add optional extras, such as hill hold which will keep the handbrake activated when you are on an incline and an electronic limited-slip differential, which gives you even more control.
Overall, the SEAT Leon is a fantastic compact family car, that has loads of space available, plenty of technology and most importantly, brilliant fuel economy.