SEAT Leon - SEAT UK Media Site

SEAT Leon - SEAT UK Media Site
About SEAT
SEAT Leon range: at a glance
Leon SC
Leon ST
SEAT Leon range overview
Exterior design
Leon SC
Leon ST
Interior design
Leon SC
Leon ST
Full-LED headlights
MQB platform
SEAT Easy Connect
Optical Park System
Safety and security
Multi-Collision Brake
Lane Assist
High Beam Assist
Tiredness Recognition
SEAT Drive Profile
Running costs (PPM)
Engine range
TSI petrol engines
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TDI diesel engines
Performance and fuel efficiency
Equipment highlights and options
Full standard equipment list
SEAT Leon: history
About SEAT
SEAT is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the
Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), exporting 81% of its
vehicles, and is present in more than 75 countries through a network of 1,700 dealership. In 2016, SEAT
obtained an operating profit of 143 million euros, the highest in the history of the brand, and achieved
worldwide sales of 412,000 vehicles.
SEAT Group employs more than 14,000 professionals at its three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de
Llobregat and Martorell, where it manufactures the highly successful Ibiza and Leon. Additionally, the
company produces the Ateca and Toledo in the Czech Republic, the Alhambra in Portugal and the Mii in
The multinational business has a Technical Centre, which operates as a knowledge hub, bringing together
1,000 engineers who are focused on developing innovation for Spain’s largest industrial investor in R&D. SEAT
already features the latest connectivity technology in its vehicle range and is currently engaged in a global
digitalization process to promote the mobility of the future.
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SEAT Leon range: at a glance
Third-generation SEAT Leon was brand new from the ground up. Introduced as a five-door hatchback
at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, with three-door SC and ST estate versions following (Geneva 2013 and
Frankfurt 2013 respectively)
Leon X-PERIENCE lifestyle estate car with all-wheel drive and raised ground clearance, launched in
Significant revisions introduced across the Leon range for the 2018 model year in spring 2017,
including revised exterior styling , new trim levels, equipment (particularly safety & technology) and
new powertrains, including new 1.0 TSI engine and increased power for the 1.4 EcoTSI and 1.6 TDI
Revised styling introduces a lower, wider bonnet, revised front bumper and wider, more prominent
trapezoidal front grille
Range-topping Leon CUPRA 300 versions – SC, five-door and ST – gain 10 PS power hike to 300 PS and
crucial increase in torque from 350 to 380Nm, on tap across broad rev range
Leon ST CUPRA gains added traction and handling prowess from 4Drive all-wheel drive system
Built on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform in SEAT’s Martorell production facility
All Leon models designed in Martorell by a team led by SEAT Head of Design Alejandro MesoneroRomanos
A technological pioneer: Leon was the first family hatchback in the world to offer full-LED headlights
Shorter wheelbase than the previous generation Leon, but, more passenger space and luggage
capacity – an extra 39 litres in the boot
Range of powerful, yet extremely efficient, petrol and diesel engines, all featuring Ecomotive
Full engine line-up:
o New (from 2017) 1.0 TSI Ecomotive 115 PS (+ DSG auto)
o 1.2 TSI 110 PS
o 1.4 TSI 125 PS
o 1.4 Eco TSI 150 PS (+ DSG auto)
o 1.8 TSI 180 PS (+DSG auto)
o 2.0 TSI 300 PS (+DSG auto)
o 1.6 TDI 115 PS (+DSG auto)
o 2.0 TDI 150 PS
o 2.0 TDI 184 PS (+DSG auto)
Generous standard equipment list includes air conditioning, remote central locking, Media System
Colour (five-inch touchscreen media system), electric door mirrors, ESC and Emergency Brake Assist
SEAT Drive Profile (standard on FR Technology models) allowing adjustment of steering and
accelerator pedal feel three ways between Normal, Sport, Eco, plus an Individual option; Leon CUPRA
adds DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) – the first adaptable suspension set-up in a SEAT
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Wide range of new tech including Connectivity Hub (wireless charger), Traffic Jam Assist and Traffic
Sign Recognition
Available safety technology includes Multi-Collision Brake, Lane Assist and Tiredness Recognition.
Front Assist, electric parking brake and Hill Hold Control all introduced (from SE Dynamic Technology
SEAT XDS electronic differential standard on SE Technology versions and above (with 150PS or more);
CUPRA has a mechanical front differential
Suspension setup varies with power and trim:
o All cars feature MacPherson-type front suspension
o Versions with 150 PS or less have rear torsion beam, saving weight and keeping costs down
without impacting on ride comfort
o FR Technology 1.8 TSI 180 PS, FR Technology 2.0 TDI 184 PS and all CUPRA 300 models have
independent rear suspension
o All FR Technology cars are lowered by 15mm from standard and have stiffer springs and
dampers; CUPRA 300 lowered further ( additional 10mm front, 5mm rear)
SEAT Leon SC: at a glance
Leon SC (Sports Coupé) was the second member of the new Leon family, following the launch of the
five-door at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
SC is exclusively a sports model, comprising FR Technology, FR Titanium and CUPRA versions
Exterior redesigned from the A-pillars back, compared to five-door Leon:
o Different tailgate design incorporates a more sharply raked rear screen
o Sharp creases (blisters) over the rear wheel arches are more pronounced
o Rear three-quarter windows redesigned to make the car appear more squat in side profile
o 35 mm shorter than the five-door Leon, generating a compact, coupé-like appearance
o Rear screen alters the slope of the roofline, making it 13 mm lower at the front, and 18.5
mm lower at the rear
Wheelbase reduction also lowers weight and benefits handling; the SC is up to 20 kg lighter than the
Leon five-door, dependent on model
Leon SC loses very little practicality compared to the five-door:
o Boot space is the same: 380 litres
o Fractional loss of rear leg room and overall head room; Leon SC is a full five-seat car
SEAT Leon ST: at a glance
Leon ST (Sports Tourer) is a versatile and stylish estate built on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform
and launched at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show
Exterior redesigned from the A-pillars back, compared to the Leon SC and five-door:
o Tailgate design incorporates a horizontal crease below the tail lights
o Rear overhang 264 mm longer than that of the five-door Leon
o Thin C-pillar follows the angle of the tailgate like the Leon SC’s, but unlike the five-door’s
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o Wheelbase the same as the five-door’s
587-litre boot stretches to 1,470 litres with rear seats folded down
Despite rakish looks, Leon ST is designed for maximum load-carrying flexibility
o Standard double boot floor
o Optional front-folding front passenger seat increases available load space and length
o Rear seat through-hatch for loading long, thin items
o Retractable rear shelf, storable under the boot floor
o Rear seat back release handles in boot
o 13 cubby holes around the cabin; 12V socket in boot
o Standard roof rails
Specification is as per the five-door, plus standard practicality flourishes mentioned above
SEAT Leon CUPRA 300: at a glance
Leon range flagship gains upgraded performance powertrain for 2018 model year: 10 PS
increase in power to 300 PS and 30 Nm extra maximum torque
Raises the bar further as SEAT’s most powerful series production car
Available in all three Leon body styles – SC, five-door and ST. Latter gains 4Drive for first time for
ultimate all-weather and versatile performance estate
2.0-litre engine combines razor-sharp responsiveness with surprising efficiency
Choice of six-speed manual and DSG auto transmissions
CUPRA 300 DSG (SC) completes 0-62 mph sprint in just 5.6 seconds, yet returns 42.2 mpg; ST
with 4Drive and DSG makes it in only 4.9 seconds
CUPRA Drive Profile includes active suspension management – a first for a SEAT – controlled
using the new DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control)
Electrically controlled mechanical front differential improves high speed cornering response
SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE: at a glance
Lifestyle estate car with all-wheel drive raised ground clearance
Choice of two high-performance TDI diesel engines in UK – 2.0 TDI 150 PS and 2.0 TDI 184 PS, the
former with manual transmission and the latter exclusively with DSG auto
Robust, upmarket design and premium interior
State-of-the-art assistance systems, including ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) with Front Assist, Lane
Assist and SEAT Drive Profile
SE Technology (2.0 TDI 150 PS ) and SE Lux (2.0 TDI 184 PS DSG ) equipment grades
Range overview
The new SEAT Leon: stunning design meets cutting-edge technology
Third-generation Leon matches stunning design, outstanding quality and cutting-edge
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Longer wheelbase for improved passenger and luggage space
Exceptionally low running costs across the range
Three-strong model family comprises SC, five-door and ST
Towards the end of a record-breaking 2012, SEAT set itself up for an even better 2013 with the introduction of
the all-new Leon hatchback at the Paris Motor Show. A ground-breaking model, both for the company and the
car industry itself, the Leon which emerged became arguably SEAT’s most significant car yet and virtually
transformed the brand overnight.
The third-generation car followed in the tracks of its extremely successful predecessors by combining the most
striking looks in the segment with outstanding driving dynamics, great value and exceptional quality. In 2017,
the range underwent a series of improvements for the 2018 model year to keep it at the top of its game,
further enhancing its styling, equipment specifications and performance, including new and more powerful
Leon also remains a model family, comprising three distinct body styles: five-door hatchback, three-door SC,
and ST estate.
Whereas the previous two generations of the car aimed to bring together sporty, coupé-like looks with the
flexibility of a single, traditional five-door hatchback layout (particularly the second-generation Leon, with its
‘hidden’ rear door handles), this third-generation Leon has a significantly broader appeal and reaches a much
wider customer base, strengthening its sales potential.
Development of the Leon focused on making it a class leader in every respect, from the more subjective
elements of design and dynamic ‘feel’, to objective qualities such as passenger and luggage space, interior
quality, fuel economy, safety and equipment levels.
For a start, it’s a genuine pioneer in the hatchback class, being the first to offer the sophisticated illumination
of full-LED headlights. This cutting-edge technology was, until the Leon came along, only available as a
significant cost option on luxury saloons and high-end sports cars.
Built on the Volkswagen Group’s widely vaunted MQB platform, the Leon is underpinned by a highly flexible,
technologically advanced modular chassis. SEAT engineers played a significant role in the development of
MQB, which is shared with the newest hatchbacks from Volkswagen Group manufacturers including the latest
Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia.
On the dynamic front, the new Leon benefits from SEAT Drive Profile, which brought active chassis technology
to a SEAT model for the first time. It allows drivers to select between three distinct driving modes, plus a
customisable individual setting. In FR Technology versions, it’s linked to the steering, throttle, gearshift pattern
(in DSG-equipped models) and engine sound (in higher powered versions), while in the CUPRA 300 models it
also controls the suspension and front differential settings.
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The Leon range offers an impressive breadth of petrol and diesel powertrain options. Improvements to the
line-up introduced to the 2018 model year include a new 1.0-litre Ecomotive TSI 115 PS, a highly efficient
turbocharged three-cylinder unit that delivers official combined cycle benchmark figures of 102 g/km of CO2
and 64.2 mpg. It can be specified with either 6-speed manual or the sophisticated DSG automatic
transmission. The 1.6 TDI unit – proven as a fleet-friendly performer – gains extra power, up from 105 to 115
PS, while still capable of up to 68.9 mpg and 108 g/km CO2 (combined cycle).
The 1.4 Eco TSI 150PS remains a highlight of the range, its efficiency heightened by the use of Active Cylinder
Shutdown technology. It gives authentic “warm hatch” performance with 0-62 mph in eight seconds, yet posts
official fuel economy figures of 57.6 mpg with 114g/km CO2.
Aside from the full-LED headlights and SEAT Drive Profile, other useful technology featured in the Leon
includes Multi-Collision Brake, which prevents further collisions in the aftermath of an accident by
automatically applying the brakes; Tiredness Recognition, which analyses a driver's input and uses that data to
detect when he or she is becoming tired, sounding a warning if so; Lane Assist, which applies a small amount
of torque to the steering wheel to encourage the driver to take corrective steering action when drifting out of
lane; and the XDS electronic limited slip differential, which applies correctional braking force to the inside
front wheel during higher speed cornering, to sharpen turn-in. At the more leisurely end of the driving
spectrum, an Optical Park System helps prevent low-speed bumps.
It's all wrapped in a package that's extremely practical. A full five-seater with a 380-litre boot, the Leon fivedoor offers significantly more space than its predecessor – including an extra 39 litres in the luggage
compartment and 14mm more head and rear knee room. It is among the most spacious cars in the family
hatchback class, while the three-door Leon SC is only fractionally smaller, losing a little rear leg and head room
but maintain the same boot space.
The Leon ST is, of course, the apotheosis of practicality in the Leon range, with its 587-litre boot stretching to
1,470 litres when the rear seat backs are folded flat. More than that, the standard double boot floor increases
flexibility, and the cargo net offers protection when the boot is full. A through-hatch aids the loading of long,
thin items, while optional seat back release handles make it even easier to drop the rear seats.
At the launch of the third generation Leon the then SEAT President summed the car up perfectly, "an icon in
our range, [that] represents the very best of SEAT: beautiful design, peerless quality, useful technology and
driving fun.”
“With the new Leon CUPRA, the SEAT brand is once more taking a major leap forward. The CUPRA is a refined,
high-performance car that combines its expressive dynamics with relaxed long-distance comfort and a
compelling, high-quality feel. Driving fun and great design comes with every Leon, but the new CUPRA displays
SEAT expertise in a whole new dimension. We are proud of this new brand icon and certain of its success.”
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That’s what former SEAT President Jürgen Stackmann said with the announcement of the new Leon CUPRA,
which was unveiled officially at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. And it was not only the car itself that SEAT
unveiled at the show, but the fact that a Leon CUPRA 280 had smashed the record for a front-wheel drive
production car around the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit, posting a 7:57.44 time. It was the first
time that a front-drive unfettled production hatch had dipped below the elusive eight-minute mark.
The Leon CUPRA is a car whose development was led by the pursuit of dynamic excellence. To that end, each
one comes as standard with a mechanical front axle differential lock, a progressive steering system that
sharpens the turn-in for improved agility, Dynamic Chassis Control to alter the suspension settings between
sportier or more comfort-oriented, and two-stage deactivation of the electronic stability control (ESC) –
including the ability to turn it off entirely.
“The new Leon CUPRA is pure SEAT: emotion and performance, design and dynamics combine to deliver
driving fun mile after mile. State-of-the-art technology is evident in its enormous precision, but also in its
compelling efficiency,” says Dr. Matthias Rabe, Vice President of SEAT S.A. for Research and Development.
“The new CUPRA is a sports car for every day; it feels just as much at home on the race track as it does on the
long haul.”
The CUPRA line-up has been refocused with a single, more powerful iteration of its proven 2.0 TSI engine, with
output up by 10 PS to maximum 300 PS, available with six-speed manual or 6-speed DSG auto transmission.
CUPRA versions of all three Leon body style are available – SC, five-door and ST, the latter with added traction
from 4Drive all-wheel drive.
The new CUPRA 300 SC, with optional DSG transmission, catapults from zero to 62 mph in just 5.6 seconds, or
5.7 seconds with the six-speed manual gearbox equipped; every CUPRA model has a 155 mph limited top
speed. With the added traction of 4Drive, the ST blasts to 60 mph from rest in a sports car-chasing 4.9
seconds. There is more torque available, too, the new maximum of 380 Nm (+ 30 Nm) spreads from just 1,800
rpm all the way up to 5,500 rpm, guaranteeing impressive pulling power and overtaking flexibility.
Against this, the new Leon CUPRA 300 is astonishingly efficient with the SC CUPRA 300 DSG returning 42.2
mpg combined and 153 g/km CO2.
The ultimate embodiment of the SEAT design language
SEAT 'arrow head' design shown in its most complete form
Team led by SEAT Head of Design Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos
Five-door Leon replaces 'hidden' rear door handles of Mk II Leon with conventional ones
Sharp blisters over rear wheel arches give aggressive stance; distinctive front and rear LED
lights enhance looks
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Leon SC and ST redesigned from the A-pillars back, for a unique (yet family-familiar) look
Exceptional quality interior designed for functional simplicity
The third generation Leon is a radical departure from the car it supersedes in the styling department. It started
with the unveiling of the five-door hatchback at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, which used the conventional to
become unconventional: it had regular rear door handles. This was unusual because, in order to look more like
a coupé, its predecessor had ‘hidden’ rear handles.
Leon family exterior
Designed from the ground up under the guidance of SEAT Design Director Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, with
SEAT Head of Exterior Design Jorge Diez responsible for the bodywork, the new Leon was the beginning of an
exciting new chapter for the company.
With a look first previewed on the IBE, IBX and IBL concept cars, the new Leon is the ultimate embodiment of
SEAT itself, achieving its beautiful aesthetic with a combination of sharp creases, strong proportions and
cutting-edge technology.
“Thanks to its dynamic and assured character, the new SEAT Leon inspires a self-confident stance. It has a
decisive look,” said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos. "It has extremely well-proportioned volumes, with a slight
shift of the visual weight of the cabin over the rear wheels, while keeping a very fluid transition between the
front wing and the cabin.”
With an overall length 33 mm shorter than its predecessor, but a wheelbase longer by 58 mm, the Leon fivedoor has notably short overhangs, resulting in a desirable 'wheels pushed out to the corners' look, with the
added benefit of an improvement in interior space, both for passengers and luggage.
The angular lines of the headlamps are a signature feature of the current SEAT design language. The full-LED
headlights and daytime running lights give an unmistakable look to the front end of the Leon, although even
without these (they're standard on FR Technology, XCELLENCE and CUPRA trim levels and a cost option on all
other models), the distinctive design of the headlamp clusters give the car real head-on presence. LED
technology is now also available for the turn indicators and fog lights, while progress in lighting technology has
given the headlights and tail lights with much greater light intensity.
Further emphasis was added to the impact of the frontal design in styling revisions introduced with the new
2018 model year Leon. Changes shared right across the range generate a sportier feel, with a lower, wider
bonnet, revised front bumper and wider, more prominent trapezoidal front grille.
The appearance of the tailgate is also enhanced with the inclusion of LED rear lights – standard where LED
headlights are specified. As with the Leon Mk II and other SEAT models, the rear badge also serves as a handle
for the tailgate.
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From the side, the new SEAT Leon is a precisely executed sculpture on wheels. The characteristic Línea
Dinámica sharp crease line runs rearwards over the wheel arches, and is inspired by the tension of a welltrained muscle. The trapezoidal C-pillars are a characteristic of the Leon five-door, as are the short, upwardspointing third windows.
"The surfaces have been severely sculpted all around in order to increase its tri-dimensional appeal, thanks to
the effects of light and shadow. Its character lines show pure assertiveness, like for instance the outer shape of
the headlamps and tail lamps. All-in-all, I strongly believe that the new Leon is full of character,” MesoneroRomanos explained.
Leon SC
The styling of the Leon SC simultaneously ensures that it’s blessed with the looks of a proper coupé, but with
only a minor loss of practicality compared to the five-door version: the boot has the same capacity, and the
reduction in rear head and legroom is minor.
Unveiling the car at the Geneva Motor Show 2013, the then SEAT President James Muir said: “The Leon SC is
the most emotional and athletic member of this family; it is as emotional as a coupé, while offering a high
degree of usability. This irresistible combination of design, technology, athletic performance and premium
quality will impress our loyal customers and draw a whole new generation of fans to our brand.”
The SC’s rear three-quarter windows slope downwards parallel to the line of the C-pillar, differentiating it from
the five-door and creating a distinct, hunkered down profile, “like an athlete at the start of a race,” according
to Head of Exterior Design Jorge Diez.
In addition, the rear blisters that run over the wheel arches are more pronounced on the SC than they are on
the five-door, with a 21mm greater distance between the edge of the blisters and the rear windows.
The wheelbase is shorter by 35mm compared to the five-door, but remains 23mm longer than that of
previous, MkII five-door Leon Mk II, which means a more spacious interior.
Leon ST
If the SC is the peacock of the Leon family, the ST is…a peacock carrying a massive rucksack. The Leon ST does
a tremendous job of looking pretty, while being very good at swallowing all manner of loads.
With a thin C-pillar that follows the same line as the SC coupé’s (and thus different to the five-door’s), and the
Línea Dinámica running the entire profile of the car, the ST is as rakish as a family estate could possibly be. It
incorporates, for example, an additional horizontal tailgate crease that runs below the SEAT badge, giving the
impression of extra width.
“In the development of the new Leon ST, we have fully retained the dynamic essence of SEAT design,” said
Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos. “The roofline follows almost exactly the same line as the five-door, just
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stretched a little further back. While the wheelbase remains the same, an extra 27 centimetres on the body
shell allows the car to offer the luggage volume of a fully-fledged estate car.”
“Nobody has to choose between sporty and practical anymore – the new Leon ST offers both,” added former
SEAT President Jürgen Stackmann at the car’s Frankfurt 2013 launch. “With its sporty look, its surprisingly high
utility and its state-of-the-art technology, the Leon ST defines a new standard in the compact estate car class –
at a very fair price. Like the already highly successful Leon and Leon SC, the new ST is the perfect
representative of SEAT’s brand values.”
The Leon X-PERIENCE, unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 2014, is based on the Leon ST and shares
its emotional design. The highly acclaimed design language of the Leon family has been further accentuated
for the X-PERIENCE. Its dynamic lines make it ideal for work and leisure, for family and sport.
It derives its own distinct character from the robust protection mouldings on the door sills and wheel
arches and the powerful front end treatment, with substantial air intakes, integrated fog lamps and an
aluminium-effect front spoiler.
It features 15mm greater road clearance than the standard Leon ST, with its rear distinguished by a
dedicated bumper design with an aluminium-look insert, and by twin exhaust tailpipes, which are
standard equipment with both the 150 PS and 184 PS diesel engine options. The large wheel arches can
accommodate the 17-inch or 18-inch wheels with a dedicated five-twin-spoke design. The roof rails are
anodised in black.
“The Leon X-PERIENCE expands the possibilities of everyday life. We also wanted it to have a look that
combined premium elegance with sporty dynamism,” said Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos.
It was important that the Leon CUPRA should adequately display its sporty characteristics, but do so without
being overbearing; SEAT has moved away from an overt, racier image from previous generations of
conspicuous CUPRA models. For this reason, there’s discretion about the new Leon CUPRA: it is evidently a
high-performance car, but, not a hot hatch caricature.
The new front end of the Leon CUPRA, with its large air intakes and full-LED headlamps, ensures a powerful
look, as does the rear skirt with its diffuser effect and the brace of oval tailpipes. The 19-inch machined alloy
wheels are exclusive to the CUPRA, gloss black front grille frame and door mirror housings and the CUPRAemblazoned red brake callipers underscore its individuality.
Leon family interior
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Describing the Leon family’s interior, Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos said: “We set ourselves the objective of
developing an interior which would give an expressive, elegant and welcoming ambience. The quality of the
material, the fit and finish and the attention to details is at least as good as you can find in the segment
The elegant exterior design of the new Leon continues into the cabin, which has a clear, light and uncluttered
look. The dashboard is unconventional and elegant, with a two-tone design that makes it appear to float in
Compared to the Mk II Leon, the infotainment screen has been moved upwards in the dashboard, negating the
need to look downwards and making it more comfortable and safer to use while driving. Its functions are also
integrated into the smaller colour screen between the speedometer and the rev counter in the instrument
The thin A-pillars, aside from adding to the overall elegance of the car, aid safety by improving visibility and
reducing blind spots.
Every dial and button has been engineered with fastidious focus on tactility and durability, and soft-touch
materials are used on the upper dashboard and door linings.
Fine details underscore the Leon’s high standard of craftsmanship – details such as the large air vents, the
controls for the air conditioning and the three-dimensional form of the trim elements. The interior lighting lifts
the cabin ambience, particularly the ambient spot lighting and light strips integrated into the door trims
(depending on trim level), which in FR versions turn from white to red when SEAT Drive Profile is switched to
Sport mode.
“The design of the dashboard respects our new interior philosophy, with a strong driver orientation. This
enhances the ergonomics while giving the design an attractive, sporty feeling. The whole has been designed so
the new Leon and its driver feel as one," says Mesonero-Romanos.
The Leon has a driving position that suits all shapes and sizes of person. The driver's seat is set slightly lower
than that of the previous Leon, but has a wide range of movement up and down, and fore and aft, as does the
steering wheel.
With 1,042mm between the front seat bases and the roof lining, and 970mm at the rear, there's plenty of
headroom for five adult occupants; the new Leon is 4mm taller than the outgoing car (S and SE models - FR
models sit on lower suspension) yet there's 14mm more headroom front and rear.
There's also 14mm more rear legroom, at 817mm compared to 803mm in the Leon Mk II, and the 380-litre
boot is a full 39 litres bigger than its predecessor's. Total luggage capacity with the rear seats folded down is
1,210 litres – this all packaged into a car that, as mentioned earlier, is shorter than its predecessor by 52mm.
Leon SC
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The SC is a full five-seater, with only reductions of only 10mm in front headroom and 18mm in rear headroom,
compared to the five-door. A 35mm wheelbase reduction is taken from rear leg space, but still leaving plenty.
Furthermore, the SC’s boot has the same 380-litre capacity as the five-door Leon’s – which is to say it’s 39litres bigger than the Leon Mk II’s. It extends to 1,150 litres, and the load floor is more than 1.5 metres long, so
it’s IKEA-friendly. Other furniture stores are available.
To emphasise its sportier credentials, every Leon SC comes with sports-style front seats as standard.
The Leon ST and X-PERIENCE both provide excellent luggage space that is versatile and full of useful touches
for ideal day-to-day convenience. The boot has a load capacity of 587 litres, rising to 1,470 litres with the rear
seat backrests folded, and its twin-level floor makes loading bulky items much easier; the rear seats can be
folded flat using easy-to-reach handles on the sidewalls of the boot.
The ST has been designed for people with a ‘lifestyle’, with functionality flourishes such as a 12V socket in the
boot, roof rails, a through hatch for loading long thin items such as skis, an optional front-folding passenger
seat to increase the load capacity (and length) even further, and no fewer than 13 interior cubby holes.
There’s even a place to store the removable, retractable parcel shelf, so you don’t have to leave it in the shed.
The focus of the CUPRA’s interior is on the CUPRA sports steering wheel, designed with a thicker, more tactile
rim, a perforated leather finish and shift paddles for the optional DSG transmission. The sports seats, in black
Alcantara finished with white stitching, are another interior highlight. Black full-leather upholstery, likewise
with white stitching, is also available as an option. The pedals and entry sills are made from aluminium, the
latter stamped with the CUPRA logo.
Lighting the way in the family hatchback segment
First family hatchback in the world to offer full-LED headlights
Innovative safety and driver assistance systems
SEAT Drive Profile alters driving characteristics in FR and CUPRA versions
Intuitive touchscreen infotainment platform
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SEAT developed the Leon to lead the technological field in the family hatchback segment, and from the wheels
up it's full of cutting-edge innovations. For a start, it is underpinned by the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform,
which innovates by cutting weight, complexity and cost in every area of car design, development and
On that platform the Leon's ream of useful technology rests, starting with the full-LED headlights, and
continuing with all manner of engine, drivetrain, safety, driver assistance and infotainment systems.
Full-LED headlights
At the very forefront of the Leon’s technology highlights, quite literally, are its full-LED headlights; the Leon
was the first family hatchback in the world to have them. The Audi R8 was the first car ever to offer series
production full-LED headlights as an option, but the Leon was the first to put them in an affordable class of car.
The Leon’s full-LED light unit comprises six LED modules for the main low beam headlight and a further three
for the high beam function. The SEAT signature daytime running light (DRL) uses two LEDs plus a light guide to
achieve its distinctive strip effect, while the turn indicators use nine. Each of the nine LEDs in the headlamp
cluster is housed inside an individual unit with reflective surfaces.
LEDs provide their quality of light while consuming less power than traditional headlamps: 50% less than a
xenon bulb, while functioning on low beam, while the indicators use half the power of a conventional bulb,
and the daytime running lights (DRL) around two-thirds. SEAT has improved the performance of its LED front
and rear lights, the revised versions introduced for the 2018 new Leon operating at three times the light
intensity of the original units.
Another advantage is that LEDs are virtually maintenance-free and extremely durable, with a life of at least
10,000 hours – it would take an eight-hour drive every single evening for around three-and-a-half years to give
the lights that much use.
It’s not just the headlamps whose operation is improved markedly by using LED technology – LED taillights are
more than just a pretty light signature, they are quantifiably more effective than standard bulbs: LED brake
lights are 0.02 seconds quicker to react than conventional bulb-based units from the moment the brake pedal
is pressed. This may not seem a great amount of time, but at speed, this fractional improvement in the
application of the brake lights may be the difference between being shunted from behind or not.
All FR Technology, FR Titanium, XCELLENCE and CUPRA versions of the new Leon are fitted as standard with
full LED headlights, daytime running lights, front fog lamps, tail lamps and number plate illumination. These
can also be specified as a single option package for SE Technology and SE Dynamic Technology models.
MQB platform
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The MQB (in English translation: Modular Transverse Matrix) platform is a way of maximising innovation while
reducing cost across every brand in the Volkswagen Group. It is a standardised vehicle architecture that allows
combinations of different parts.
MQB is not just a chassis, in the traditional sense that cars share chassis parts, but an extremely advanced yet
highly flexible set of building blocks with which a unique new car can be created. It covers every element of car
making, including platform, powertrain, electrics, infotainment and engines, and was developed with input
from each of the brands within the Volkswagen Group, SEAT included.
As a result of MQB, as well as efforts from SEAT's engineering wizards at every stage of designing and
developing the car, the new Leon is up to 93 kg lighter than its predecessor, model-for-model. Weight has
been taken out of the chassis floor structure, engine block, running gear, interior components, and even the
electrical wiring system – up to 3kg from the wires alone. The benefits of this weight loss permeate every area
of the car, from handling and performance to fuel economy and environmental impact.
SEAT Media Systems
The SEAT Leon is not only a hugely entertaining drive – it’s a place in which to be hugely entertained.
A new infotainment platform, MIB (Modular Infotainment Matrix) is a further benefit of the MQBs allencompassing architecture. This underpins the information and entertainment units used in all MQB models,
developed with significant input from SEAT engineers.
The new Leon uses MIB to great effect, with SEAT’s design team having created an intuitive and attractive
carousel interface for the touchscreen, which serves as the top menu for all the car's media and driver
preference settings. Grouping all the car's major functions into the touchscreen benefits not only functionality,
but also style and ergonomics, because it allowed the designers to minimise the number of buttons and dials
on the dashboard.
The new Leon’s entry point infotainment interface is called Media System Colour, and features a five-inch
colour touchscreen, MP3/WMA playback, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth for audio streaming and
hands-free phone use and auxiliary controls on the steering wheel. Multiple connectivity bases are covered
with a USB port, SD card slot and Aux-in.
Things move to another level from SE Technology grade, courtesy of Media System Plus. This retains all the
fine intuitive quality of Media System Colour, but provides a larger, eight-inch smart touch display with a
proximity sensor that detects hand movement and reveals additional on-screen functions. When a hand
moves towards the screen, touch-sensitive buttons at appear at each corner, giving the driver quick access to
a number of different options without the screen becoming cluttered with distracting icons. There are two
extra audio speakers, a CD player, DAB reception, voice recognitions and an additional USB port. The system
also seamless accommodates a navigation system (also standard from SE Technology grade), with a highresolution colour driver’s display, two SD slots and 3D mapping.
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The SEAT Sound System featured as standard on CUPRA models beefs up the audio with 10 speakers – one of
which is a sub-woofer, cleverly mounted in the spare wheel well so that it doesn’t encroach into boot space. It
is available as an option on other model grades (excepting X-PERIENCE models).
SEAT Sound System isn’t just a speaker upgrade – it’s a full overhaul of the stereo system, transforming the
Leon into a top-end sound system on wheels. It packs 135 Watts and has a six-channel amplifier, which is
acoustically engineered to provide a rich, punchy sound that doesn’t distort even on the cusp of its (very loud)
volume limit.
SEAT’s sound engineers benchmarked the system against the best car stereos on the market to achieve its
incredibly clear, crisp tonal quality. Poor sound comes when there are gaps in the spectrum of frequencies
that the human ear can pick up – if there’s an overload of sounds in the high frequency spectrum, the stereo
sounds ‘tinny’, while too many low frequencies make for a flat, muffled sound. SEAT Sound System covers a
wide frequency spectrum, but it also has a five-channel customisable equaliser, allowing the user to alter the
tonal quality of the stereo to their exact preference.
Optical Park System
Optical Park System, available a part of the optional Parking Assistance Packs, links the parking sensors to the
SEAT Media System Plus colour touchscreen, making parking even easier. It uses the parking sensors to give a
visual representation of objects nearby, as well as showing the predicted path of the car based on the position
of the steering.
Safety and security
A five-star car packed with safety technology
Rated five stars by Euro NCAP in its industry-standard crash tests
Extremely high ratings for adult occupant and child occupant safety
Advanced preventive and active safety technologies to help prevent and mitigate
Standard alarm with perimeter and interior monitoring, remote central locking and engine
The Leon was awarded the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP in its industry benchmark safety tests (5
door tested in 2012), scoring especially impressive 94% and 92% scores for the adult occupant and child
occupant elements respectively.
This is all credit to the all-encompassing, no-compromise approach to safety that SEAT adopted during the
development and testing of the car.
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Again, the MQB platform provides the basis for this exceptional performance, equipping Leon with a chassis
that uses the right strength steels in the right places; a combination of press hardened steel, advanced highstrength steel and lower strength steels in the crumple zones make the Leon extremely strong yet very light,
and capable of absorbing impact energy in the safest possible way.
This comes in combination with the application of technologies designed to prevent a collision, or at least
mitigate its effects. Sophisticated systems to keep to maintain safe vehicle speeds, lane position and distances
in traffic and to recognise imminent collision risks with other road users and pedestrians are available in
optional Driving Assistance and Comfort and Driving packs.
In the cabin, seven airbags are standard – two front, two front side, two head and driver’s knee – and there
are seatbelt warnings for the front occupants. The front passenger airbag can be disconnected for child seat
fitment. An optional Safety Pack Plus adds seatbelt reminders for rear occupants and a tiredness recognition
ISOFIX child seat locators with top tether anchorage points are standard for the outer rear seats.
All Leon models are fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ABS and TCS (switchable traction control) are
also standard, with Hill Hold Control is featured on all models excepting the entry-level S grade five-door and
SEAT’s XDS limited-slip differential is another standard feature (S grade apart), which serves as a safety feature
as well as a performance-enhancing innovation. XDS is a relatively inexpensive way of replicating the outcome
of a mechanical limited slip differential. It works to prevent understeer and thereby improve cornering
performance by applying braking pressure to the inside front wheel when taking a bend at speed. CUPRA
models replace this unit with a mechanical limited slip differential.
Front Assist
Using sensors at the front of the car, this latest system warns the driver if the distance between the Leon and
the car in front is reducing, and, if no driver input is detected, it will automatically slow the car down to avoid
collision. It is allied to City Emergency Braking which includes Pedestrian Protection which detects passers-by
and automatically applies the brakes.
Multi-Collision Brake
Multi-Collision Brake was recognised and commended by Euro NCAP Advanced, an independent body set up
to reward technology that demonstrates a scientifically proven safety benefit for consumers and society. A
brake-based system, it detects when the car has been involved in an accident – if the airbag has been fired, for
example – and applies the brakes to prevent or mitigate a subsequent impact in the case that the driver has
lost consciousness or become incapacitated in some way. It triggers both the hazard warning lights and the
brake lights.
Traffic Jam Assist
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Available on models equipped with DSG transmission, this assistance function makes progress in heavy, stopstart traffic more bearable. At “traffic jam speeds,” the new Leon steers, accelerates and brakes automatically
within the system’s limits. At higher speeds, up to around 37 mph, the system provides support with speed
control and lane-keeping, but the driver’s hands have to stay on the wheel.
Lane Assist
Another innovation that was credited by Euro NCAP Advanced, SEAT Lane Assist operates at speed above 40
mph to help the driver keep the car in its correct lane. A camera mounted behind the rear-view mirror detects
the lane markings on the road ahead of the car and, using the power steering system, applies a small amount
of steering correction intended to prompt the driver into taking corrective action should they begin to drift out
of lane. This function is available in the optional Driver Assistance packs.
Emergency Assist
Emergency Assist is a new function that operates if the driver remains inactive beyond a certain period of
time. The vehicle first issues a visual warning, then an audible alert, and finally a brief pulse of the brakes. If
there is still no response from the driver, the Leon is automatically slowed to a standstill while remaining in
lane and the hazard lights and electronic parking brake are activated.
High Beam Assist
High Beam Assist, another feature of the optional Driver Assistance packs, automatically operates the high
beam headlights function in appropriate conditions, and reverts to a dipped beam when it senses either
oncoming traffic or vehicles in the same lane on the road ahead. It does so using a camera mounted on the
rear view mirror, and can be manually overridden at any time.
Tiredness Recognition
A first for the Leon, Tiredness Recognition does exactly that – recognises when the driver is tired and sounds
an alert, instructing them to take a break for safety’s sake. It does so using an algorithm that ‘learns’ the
driver’s style over the course of a journey through the steering movements, then detects when there’s a
particular deviation from that style, conducive to tiredness. At that stage it sounds an audible warning, and an
alert on the colour display in the instrument binnacle.
Traffic Sign Recognition
Once more, debuting in Leon from 2017 onwards. The risk of the driver not noticing important warning and
commands signs on major routes is reduced by the Traffic sign Recognition system. An on-board camera picks
up on key signs and replicates them on the colour driver’s display to reinforce the message.
The Leon has a full complement of security equipment as standard, including remote central locking (operated
by the folding key, which also features a remote window opening/closing function), a volumetric alarm system
with perimeter- and interior monitoring, back-up horn and tow away protection, an electronic engine
immobiliser, rear door child locks, and locking wheel nuts.
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A truly engaging experience, with no compromise on comfort
Engineered to strike the perfect balance between comfort and dynamism
Class-leading driver assistance systems, including SEAT Drive Profile
Lighter than Leon Mk II and a wider track for improved handling and stability
Weight reduction of up to 93 kg compared to Leon Mk II
Varying suspension setups for optimum comfort and performance
The MQB architecture underpinning the Leon allowed SEAT’s engineers to move the front axle further forward
(by 40 mm compared to the previous generation model), as well as widening the track (by 14 mm). In the
former case this better balances the distribution of the axle load and in the latter improves stability – both
qualities that significantly benefit the car’s handling.
In addition, the advanced construction techniques, use of lightweight materials and efforts to strip weight at
every stage of the car’s manufacture means that the overall weight was reduced significantly compared with
the previous version (up to 93kg).
Key to the way the new Leon handles is the suspension, with a different set-up deployed depending on each
model’s power and trim. McPherson-type suspension is standard at the front, with a semi-rigid axle (torsion
beam) at the rear for all cars with engines up to and including 150 PS. This solution saves weight and cost –
which can be passed on to the buyer – without diminishing ride comfort or overall refinement.
However, for the most powerful cars, where the last nuances of handling characteristics are more significant,
the rear suspension is a multi-link setup. Currently this applies to models equipped with the 1.8 TSI 180 PS
and 2.0 TDI 184 PS engines, and all CUPRA models.
A multi-link suspension setup is more suitable to higher performance driving, with five links per side allowing
greater lateral movement for improved contact with the road, particularly during high-speed cornering when
the tyres are at the limit of grip; while the rear torsion beam allows some degree of twist and flex, the multilink setup does even more so.
The lower-powered FR Technology and FR Titanium models come with the torsion beam rear set-up, but both
the front and rear suspension are lowered by 15 mm from standard, and the springs and shock absorbers are
stiffened for a sportier feel. In the CUPRA this is even more the case, with a further 10mm drop at the front
and 5mm at the rear.
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The Leon employs an electro-mechanical steering rack, tuned for the most ‘natural’ feel possible through the
wheel, while having enough power assistance to give the light, comfortable characteristics that the majority of
drivers are looking for day-to-day. An electrical setup is advantageous not only because it is energy-efficient,
but because it can be linked to an electrical control unit (ECU) so that its characteristics can be adjusted. This
means that, when linked to SEAT Drive Profile, it can be made to feel heavier or lighter according to the
driver’s preference.
SEAT Drive Profile
The introduction of SEAT Drive Profile on the third generation Leon marked the first time that SEAT offered
adaptive chassis technology on any of its cars. Standard fit with FR Technology and CUPRA models, and
accessed through the SEAT Media System Plus touchscreen interface, it allows the driver to select between
Normal, Eco and Sport modes, as well as combining preferred elements of the three into a fourth Individual
By allowing alteration of the steering feel, accelerator response and, in DSG automatic versions, the gearbox
settings, a driver can give their car distinct character at the touch of a button. SEAT Drive Profile also alters the
air conditioning, Start/Stop engine system, interior light settings, and in the highest powered versions (TSI 180
PS, TDI 184 PS and CUPRA) it includes a sound actuator.
From a driver experience point of view, SEAT Drive Profile distinguishes Sport and Comfort modes most
obviously. In Sport mode, for example, the resistance of the electro-mechanical power steering is altered so
that it feels heavier – it becomes 7% stiffer. In addition, the response of the accelerator pedal is changed,
requiring less movement to open up the throttle fully, giving it a ‘sharper’ feel.
With a DSG-equipped car, the gearbox is programmed to hold onto each of its seven gears longer in Sport
mode – right up to the rev limiter when the car is being driven enthusiastically – resulting in a more
aggressive, sporty feel.
The reverse is true in comfort mode, with the steering given more assistance for a lighter feel, and the throttle
sharpness eased off, conducive to smoother driving and lower fuel use. Similarly, the DSG automatic
transmission will shift to a higher gear at the earliest opportunity, lowering engine speed on the move and
making for an altogether more relaxed driving experience.
Other perhaps less noticeable, but equally important, functions of SEAT Drive Profile is its links to fuel
consumption. In Eco mode the Start/Stop engine function is activated automatically, and the climate control
settings are altered so that they only function when absolutely necessary, reducing energy consumption. In
cars with manual transmissions, the optimum gearshift points are advised via a read-out on the information
screen in the instrument binnacle, while DSG’s coasting mode is activated.
And for an extra bit of in-cabin drama, Sport mode turns the interior ambient lighting from white to red, and in
the highest powered versions it activates the sound actuator. Placed beneath the air filter, the actuator
amplifies the engine sound into the cabin for added sportiness.
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The Leon X-PERIENCE’S all-wheel-drive system is one of the most modern and efficient of its kind. It uses a
new multi-plate clutch with hydraulic actuation and electronic control and a fifth-generation Haldex coupling.
It reacts extremely quickly to all drive scenarios, delivering a considerable boost to active safety and
At the rear is a four-link suspension that handles longitudinal and transverse forces independently
from one another. Shock absorbers and coil springs are mounted separately – a solution that
delivers exceptionally fine response characteristics. In the interests of axle-load distribution, the
coupling is located at the end of the drive shaft, in front of the rear-axle differential. Inside it there is a multiplate package running in an oil bath. The metal friction rings lie one behind the other in pairs – one ring in
each set is fixed to the clutch basket, which rotates with the main drive shaft; the other is fixed to the drive
shaft connected to the rear axle.
In normal driving conditions, the coupling transmits all of the power from the engine to the front wheels.
Should there be a loss of traction, the torque is diverted smoothly to the rear in a matter of milliseconds when
a piston presses the sets of plates together in a controlled manner. The new generation coupling removes the
need for a pressure accumulator, making it considerably more compact and 1.4 kilograms lighter than the
system previously used in SEAT models.
SEAT Leon CUPRA: the embodiment of SEAT dynamics
As the embodiment of SEAT dynamics, the Leon CUPRA is equipped with some key, cutting-edge mechanical,
electrical and engineering innovations that serve to make it a truly great drivers’ car. Here are the highlights:
CUPRA engine
As a true sports engine, the 2.0 TSI turbo petrol unit of the new Leon CUPRA reacts spontaneously to every
movement of the accelerator pedal and is wonderfully high revving. This is paired with a rich and refined
sound that is aided and modulated by a standard sound actuator. Development has continued since launch,
with the unit engineered to deliver more, usable power and torque (+10 PS and +30 Nm respectively) in the
new CUPRA 300, introduced for the 2018 model year.
The power unit, which was all-new for the third-generation Leon CUPRA, has an exceptionally responsive
turbocharger and is packed with hi-tech, ground-breaking features. The dual-injection system, for example,
combines direct injection with manifold injection under partial load, which optimises fuel economy and
reduces particulate emissions. Cylinder fill is always in the optimum range: the camshafts are adjustable, with
the valve lift system regulating opening on the exhaust side. The exhaust manifold is integrated into the
cylinder head and is part of the intelligent thermal management system. In addition, a new kind of coating on
the aluminium pistons and the bearings keeps friction to a minimum.
And like every other Leon in the range, the CUPRA efficiency package also includes start/stop and energy
recovery systems.
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CUPRA chassis
The fundamentals of the CUPRA’s dynamics are low weight and a stiff structure. The systematic lightweight
design of the new Leon family is evident in the CUPRA: despite considerably improved equipment, the new
generation weighs 55kg less than its comparable predecessor.
The CUPRA name has always been synonymous with outstanding dynamics, precise agility and amazing
sporting character. In every way, the new Leon CUPRA manages to set the bar a good deal higher than any of
its predecessors. With Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), a front-axle differential lock and progressive steering all
fitted as standard, the new Leon CUPRA achieves considerably faster laps on the track than its already
impressive predecessor.
At the same time, it is significantly more comfortable, with surprising refinement on long motorway journeys.
Safe, strong and consistent stopping power comes courtesy of the CUPRA-specific, high-performance brake
system, recognisable by its red callipers.
CUPRA Drive Profile
The CUPRA Drive Profile adds even more customisation, including – for the first time in any SEAT – adaptive
suspension technology in the form of Dynamic Chassis Control (see below), which has three distinct settings.
Alongside the Comfort and Sport modes, the CUPRA mode was a focal point for the engineers in Martorell.
Throttle response is particularly sensitive in this setting, while the DSG operates in its sportiest shifting mode
and the sound actuator accentuates the full tone of the turbocharged engine. Progressive steering and the
front-axle differential lock also operate at their sportiest settings in CUPRA mode.
Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC)
The new generation of the DCC developed specifically for the CUPRA is even more sensitive than that available
with the Leon FR, adapting the chassis characteristics to the prevailing conditions in a matter of milliseconds.
Front-axle differential lock
The front-axle differential lock significantly improves the traction and handling of this front-wheel drive car.
The system uses a multi-plate package that is hydraulically actuated and electronically controlled. The
maximum locking force is 1,600 Nm and, in extreme cases, 100% of the drive can be sent to one wheel. The
differential lock is integrated into all the handling systems, like ESC and EDS. It improves not only the traction,
but also eliminates torque steer. Furthermore, its sensitive control has no negative impact on steering feel.
Progressive steering
Also included as standard equipment, the progressive steering system improves the agile handling of the Leon
CUPRA 300. The driver experiences a precise and relaxed steering feel because less steering movement is
required, which reduces the number of grip changes, especially in cornering or parking manoeuvres. The
system works using a progressive ratio through variable toothing on the rack.
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Electronic Stability Control
The ESC handling system has been further developed specifically for the CUPRA and enables a very sporty
driving style with full retention of safety functionality. For extremely dynamic use, such as on a race track, it
can also be deactivated in two stages – the first stage deactivates the traction control and puts the ESC into
sport mode, permitting greater yaw angles. The second stage deactivates the ESC completely.
Outstanding efficiency and performance across the range
Leon range truly offers the best of both worlds: efficiency with performance
Fuel economy of up to 68.9 mpg combined (1.6 TDI); ultra-quick CUPRA 300 delivers up to
41.5 mpg
Excellent standard equipment levels
High residual values; very low pence-per-mile costs
Spacious interior with large boot
In every area the new Leon makes a phenomenal ownership proposition, and that’s without even considering
the warm inner glow that comes from having something so pretty sitting outside home or work.
It’s a car that’s exceptionally well-equipped from the bottom to the top of the range, and, thanks to a set of
the very latest TSI petrol and TDI diesel engines, has running costs more akin to a supermini than a car of such
space, refinement and technological innovation.
This equates to very strong residual values, as calculated by industry experts CAP, which in turn means very
low overall running costs in pence-per-mile terms.
Engine range
The Leon’s engine line-up is covers a broad power spectrum in order to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of
buyers. Regardless of power and performance, though, each is optimised for outstanding efficiency and all
benefit from fuel and emissions-saving stop/start, part of SEAT’s Ecomotive technology portfolio.
TSI petrol engines
The revised petrol engine for the 2018 model year takes the number of petrol engines available up to five, all
of them using turbocharging technology. They are a new-to-the-range 1.0 TSI Ecomotive 115 PS, a 1.2 TSI with
power increased to 110 PS, a 1.4 TSI with 125 or (in Eco form) 150 PS, a 1.8 TSI 180 PS, and a 2.0 TSI unit
exclusively for the CUPRA with 300 PS.
For the first time in the UK the new Leon will be available with a fuel-sipping 1.0-litre TSI Ecomotive 115 PS
engine, delivering CO2 emissions of just 102 g/km and combined cycle fuel economy of 64.2 mpg, yet also
dispatching 0-62 mph in less than 10 seconds. Its performance reaps the benefits of Ecomotive technologies,
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including a stop/start system, energy recovery, which stores brake energy usually lost as heat and uses it to
help power the car’s electrical systems, and an aero pack that improves the car’s wind-cheating aerodynamics.
The new unit is available in the five-door and ST models, with either six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG
Turbocharging not only means that the Leon’s engines generate outstanding peak power figures for their size,
but that they develop a good surge of peak torque very low down in the rev range. The 1.2-litre engine
develops its 175 Nm at just 1,400 rpm and maintains it up to 4,000 rpm, making it feel exceptionally urgent for
such a small capacity engine.
The 1.4-litre 150 PS and 1.8-litre TSI engines both hit their identical 250 Nm torque figures at 1,500 rpm, and
they too plateau, maintaining that peak all the way to 3,900 rpm. The 1.4 hits 62 mph from rest in 7.9 seconds
(SC manual), while, with 30 PS more, the latter takes just 7.4 seconds. Despite that performance, they’re not
much less economical than the 1.2 TSI, returning average consumption figures of 57.6 mpg and 47.1 mpg
The 1.4 TSI engine makes good use of Active Cylinder Technology (ACT). This remarkable innovation reduces
fuel consumption significantly by temporarily shutting off two of the four cylinders (cylinders two and three)
during low to mid-load, which in practice means engine speeds between 1,400 and 4,000 rpm with torque
loads between 25 and 75 Nm. It’s calculated that at its most efficient – while the car is driving at around 30
mph in third or fourth gear – around one litre of fuel is saved in every 60 miles driven.
The spearhead of the petrol range – and indeed the entire Leon range – is the 2.0-litre turbo unit which
powers the Leon CUPRA. This 2.0-litre TSI unit has been further developed to produce even more power and
torque – not simply to show off higher figures, but to deliver genuinely better performance, raising the bar yet
again. There’s now just a single version of the engine, with maximum output of 300 PS, up 10 PS on the
previous unit. This is reflected in the new CUPRA 300 designation across all three Leon models. Perhaps of
more interest to drivers seeking maximum engagement with their car is a corresponding increase in peak
torque, from 250 to 380 Nm and accessible across an impressively broad range of engine speeds, from 1,800
to 5,500rpm.
Thanks to the fact it’s fettled with the 4Drive all-wheel drive system, the ST CUPRA 300 with six-speed DSG
auto ‘box leads the timesheet for the 0-62 charge, posting 4.9 seconds, ahead of the SC with DSG at 5.6. In
official testing, the CUPRA engine remains a fuel-efficient performer, too, with combined cycle figures from
39.2 (ST with DSG) to 42.2 mpg (SC with DSG).
TDI diesel engines
The most efficient engines in the Leon line-up are the TDI diesels, which like the petrol engines feature
Ecomotive Technology in each case, and all are common rail and direct injection, utilising fast-working
piezoelectric injectors and diesel particulate filters and fully complying with Euro 6 emissions standards.
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Available in 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre guises, with the latter in two power outputs, the diesel engines serve up a
huge amount of torque for outstanding in-gear flexibility and response, even at very low engine speeds.
The 1.6 TDI was made more potent for the 2018 model year, its maximum power increased by 10 PS to 115 PS.
CO2 emissions from just 108 g/km (five-door, manual), help keep ownership costs capped, together with 68.9
mpg average fuel consumption that means fewer fill-ups and theoretical driving range of more than 770 miles
from the 50-litre fuel tank. And with 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm (the same figure as the 1.4 TSI and 1.8
TSI engines), the 1.6 TDI feels responsive.
With 320 and 380 Nm of torque respectively, it’s the 2.0 TDI 150 PS and 184 PS engines that offer the most
grunt. They hit 62 mph from rest in 8.4 and 7.5 seconds respectively, and carry on to 134 mph and 142 mph
top speeds, but are barely any less economical than the 1.6 TDI. The 150 PS version tops 67 mpg, while the
184 PS diesel averages more than 61 mpg.
Either a five or six-speed manual gearbox is standard, depending on engine, or there are two DSG twin-clutch
automatics (six and seven-speed, according to engine), which provide the benefits of an automatic
transmission but with minimal loss of fuel economy – unlike a traditional torque converter automatic.
Performance and fuel efficiency: petrol
Body style
Fuel economy (mpg)
Extra urban
CO2 (g/km)
0-62 mph
Top speed (mph)
Body style
Fuel economy (mpg)
Extra urban
CO2 (g/km)
0-62 mph
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1.0 TSI Ecomotive 115
6-speed manual
1.0 TSI Ecomotive 115
7-speed DSG
1.2 TSI 110 PS
6-speed manual
1.4 TSI 125 PS
6-speed manual
52.3 / 52.3
74.3 / 74.3
64.2 / 64.2
53.3 / 53.3
72.4 / 72.4
64.2 / 64.2
45.6 / 45.6
65.7 / 65.7
56.5 / 56.5
42.2 / 42.2
65.7 / 65.7
54.3 / 54.3
102 / 102
102 / 102
116 / 116
120 /120
9.6 / 9.8
123 / 126
9.6 / 9.8
126 / 126
9.9 / 10.1
121 / 121
9.1 / 9.4
126 / 126
1.4 Eco TSI 150 PS
6-speed manual
1.4 Eco TSI 150 PS
7-speed DSG
1.8 TSI 180 PS
6-speed manual
1.8 TSI 180 PS
7-speed DSG
47.1 / 47.1 / 47.1
64.2 / 64.2 / 64.2
57.6 / 57.6 / 57.6
48.7 / 48.7 / 47.9
64.2 / 64.2 / 62.8
57.6 / 57.6 / 56.5
37.7 / 37.7 / 37.7
55.4 / 55.4 / 55.4
47.1 / 47.1 / 47.1
39.8 / 39.8 / 3.8
55.4 / 55.4 / 55.4
48.7 / 48.7 /48.7
114 / 114 / 114
115 / 115 / 117
138 / 138 / 138
134 / 134 / 134
7.9 / 8.0 / 8.2
7.9 / 8.0 / 8.2
7.4 / 7.5 / 7.8
7.1 / 7.2 / 7.7
Top speed (mph)
134 / 134 / 134
Body style
Fuel economy (mpg)
Extra urban
CO2 (g/km)
0-62 mph
Top speed (mph)
134 / 134 / 134
140 / 140 / 140
139 / 139 / 139
2.0 TSI 300 PS
6-speed manual
2.0 TSI 300 PS
SC/5dr/ST (4Drive)
6-speed DSG
31.4 / 31.4 / 31.0
49.6 / 49.6 / 48.7
40.9 / 40.9 / 40.4
33.6 / 33.2 / 31.0
49.6 / 48.7 / 46.3
42.2 / 41.5 / 39.2
158 / 158 / 161
153 / 156 / 164
5.7 / 5.8 / 6.0
155 / 155 / 155
5.6 / 5.7 / 4.9
155 / 155 / 155
Performance and fuel efficiency: diesel
Body style
Fuel economy (mpg)
Extra urban
CO2 (g/km)
0-62 mph
Top speed (mph)
1.6 TDI 115 PS
5dr / ST
5-speed manual
1.6 TDI 115 PS
5dr / ST
7-speed DSG
2.0 TDI 150 PS
SC / 5dr / ST
6-speed manual
61.4 / 61.4
74.3 / 74.3
70.6 / 68.9
65.7 / 62.8
70.6 / 68.9
68.9 / 67.3
53.3 / 53.3 / 53.3
72.4 / 72.4 / 72.4
64.2 / 64.2 / 67.3
105 / 108
109 / 111
112 / 112 / 112
9.8 / 9.9
122 / 122
9.8 / 9.9
122 / 122
8.3 / 8.4 / 8.6
134 / 134 / 134
2.0 TDI 184 PS
SC / 5dr / ST
6-speed manual
2.0 TDI 184 PS
SC / 5dr / ST
6-speed DSG
53.3 / 53.3 / 52.3
68.9 / 68.9 / 67.3
62.8 / 62.8 / 61.4
52.3 / 52.3 / 49.6
67.3 /67.3 / 65.7
61.4 / 61.4 / 58.9
118 / 118 / 121
120 / 120 / 122
7.4 / 7.5 / 7.8
142 / 142 / 142
7.4 / 7.5 / 7.8
140 / 140 / 140
Fuel economy (mpg)
Extra urban
CO2 (g/km)
0-62 mph
Top speed (mph)
Equipment highlights and options
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The Leon range adopted a new grade structure for the 2018 model year, emphasising the brand’s dedication
to making the best possible use of innovative, useful technologies for safer, more comfortable and more
enjoyable motoring. The new line-up for the five-door and ST models features S, SE Technology, SE Dynamic
Technology, FR Technology, XCELLENCE Technology and CUPRA 300. The SC is now a fully sports-focused
model, available in FR Technology, FR Titanium and CUPRA 300 trims. The Leon X-PERIENCE is available in SE
Technology and SE Lux versions.
S models feature air conditioning, electrically adjustable door mirrors, front electric windows, Media System
Colour with five-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, USB/Aux-in/SD connectivity , electronic
stability control (ESC), seven airbags, ISOFIX child seat points, remote central locking and an alarm.
SE Technology is richly specified, adding adds 16-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights with cornering function,
cruise control, rear electric windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob, a front arm rest with integrated
storage box, front reading lights with ambient spots and foot well illumination, XDS electronic limited-slip
differential, electronic parking brake, Front Assist and Hill Hold control. It also provides the Media System
Plus, with eight-inch smart touch display, voice recognition, DAB, navigation with 3D mapping, CD player and
eight audio speakers. Connectivity options are increased as well with two USB ports and two SC card slots.
SE Dynamic Technology raises the Leon’s game in style terms with the addition of 17-inch “Dynamic” alloys
and dark-tinted rear windows, plus rear parking sensors.
FR Technology grade includes 17-inch alloy wheels, full LED array of headlights, daytime running lights and tail
lights, multi-coloured interior ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors,
electric folding door mirrors, front sports seats, flat-bottom steering wheel with perforated leather trim,
dedicated FR bumpers and FR-stamped aluminium door sills, lowered sports suspension and SEAT Drive Profile
with four selectable driving modes. Full Link provides easy integration of multiple smartphones via Apple Car
Play, Mirror Link and Google Android Auto. DSG-equipped cars come with steering wheel paddles.
FR Titanium, exclusive to the Leon SC, provides an Emoción red paint finish, side skirts, an extended roof
spoiler and 18-inch machined alloy wheels.
XCELLENCE Technology trim introduces chrome exterior detailing, a full LED interior illumination system,
keyless-entry-and-go, a Connectivity Hub with a wireless phone charger, front parking sensors, auto-dimming
rear-view mirror, automatic headlight and wiper operation, heated and heated front seats.
Key equipment features for the Leon CUPRA 300 models include dedicated 19-inch wheels and bumpers, red
brake callipers, gloss black exterior detailing, aluminium pedals, black interior roof lining, black Alcantara
upholstery, SEAT Drive Profile CUPRA with Dynamic Chassis Control and sound actuator, a mechanical limitedslip differential and 10-speaker SEAT Sound audio system.
There is also a comprehensive options list that gives owners a wealth of ways to upgrade their car, whether
choosing single items such as wheels, sunroofs or a panoramic roof, upholsteries (including leather and
Alcantara) or upgraded audio functions, or option packs that conveniently bundle features to enhance safety,
convenience, winter performance including 18-inch alloy wheels, full leather upholstery, Alcantara sports
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seats, satellite navigation, SEAT Sound System (ten speakers including a boot-mounted sub-woofer), DAB
digital radio, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and light sensing headlamps.
And not forgetting the aforementioned full-LED headlights, which can be specified on SE and FR cars either as
a standalone option or as part of the Technology Pack. They’re standard with CUPRA.
Two equipment grades are available for the Leon X-PERIENCE: SE Technology and SE Lux.
The SE Technology version comes equipped with 18-inch machined alloys, a full complement of exterior
LED lighting, black roof rails, dark-tinted rear windows, X-PERIENCE front and rear bumpers, aluminium
door sills stamped with the X-PERIENCE logo, on-demand all-wheel-drive and raised ground clearance
(+28 mm). In the cabin the features and controls include dual-zone climate control, front sport seats with
part-Alcantara upholstery and height and lumbar adjustment, rear parking sensors, an LED lighting
interior lighting system, cruise control, power windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob trim, hill
hold control, alarm and SEAT’s Media System Plus with eight-inch colour touchscreen, USB/Aux-in,
Bluetooth, SD card slot, DAB, voice control, navigation, eight-speaker audio and additional controls on
the steering wheel. An ato-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights with coming/leaving home
function and rain-sensing wipers – the Convenience Pack – are also included in the specification.
The SE Lux model provides even more sophisticated features, including SEAT Drive Profile, leather
upholstery, electric driver’s seat adjustment, chrome roof rails and the Winter Pack – heated front seats,
washer nozzle and washer fluid and headlight washers.
SEAT Leon standard equipment features
Electrically adjustable door mirrors
LED indicators integrated in door mirrors
Body-colour door handles
High-gloss black B and C-pillars
Halogen headlamps and daytime running lights
Front fog lamps1
Tinted windows
SEAT logo tailgate release
Concealed exhaust pipe
Chrome roof rails (ST models)
Interior equipment
Front reading lights
Boot light
Driver and passenger sun visors with covered mirrors
Loadspace cargo retaining rings
Loadspace cover (ST models)
Loadspace side nets (ST models)
Double boot floor (ST models)
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Rear seat through-hatch (ST models)
Seats and trim
Front comfort seats
Black interior finish
Gloss black interior trim detailing
Driver’s seat height adjustment
Active front headrests
Three rear headrests
Functional and mechanical
Air conditioning with dust and pollen filter
Electric front windows
12V power outlet in centre console
12V power outlet in loadspace (ST models)
Manual parking brake
Electro-mechanical power steering
Comfort suspension
Folding remote keys with window open/close and boot opening functions
3.5-inch driver’s display
Trip computer
Outside temperature gauge
Lights-on warning buzzer
Low fuel warning lights
Gearshift indicator
Media System Colour, comprising:
5.0-inch colour touchscreen
MP3/WMA playback
USB port
SD card slot
6-speaker audio
FM radio
Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free phone operation
Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone controls
Wheels and tyres
15-inch steel wheels with “Urban” covers
195/65R15 91H tyres
Emergency tyre repair kit
Safety and security
Seven airbags (2x front, 2x front side, 2x curtain, driver’s knee)
Front seat belt reminder
ISOFIX child seat anchors on outer rear seats with top tethers
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Multi-collision braking system
ABS and TCS (TCS with deactivation)
Tyre pressure warning light
Remote central locking with deadlocks
Fuel flap linked to central locking
SE Technology grade adds:
Front fog lamps
Halogen headlamps with small LED daytime running lights
Heated door mirrors
Interior equipment
Front and rear electric windows
Front and rear reading lights
Illuminated glove box
Driver and passenger illuminated/covered vanity mirrors
High centre console with cupholder
Rear centre armrest
Rear ventilation outlet
Front seatback pockets
Storage drawer beneath driver’s seat
Seats and trim
Black, Dark Grey or Ice Metal interior
Interior chrome trim detailing
60/40 split-folding rear seats
Leather steering wheel and gear knob trim
Driver’s seat lumbar adjustment
Chrome loading edge (ST models)
Functional and mechanical
Electric parking brake with auto-hold function
Electronic differential lock (XDS)
Cruise control
Seatback release in loadspace (ST models)
Medium System Plus, comprising Media System Colour functions and:
8.0-inch smart touch display
2x USB ports (Apple Chip)
CD player
Eight-speaker audio
Voice recognition
DAB reception
Navigation system featuring:
3D map display
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High-resolution colour driver’s display
2x SD card slots
16-inch “Design” alloy wheels
Safety and security
Hill hold control
Front assist with pedestrian protection
SE Dynamic Technology grade adds:
Dark-tinted rear windows
Functional and mechanical
Rear parking sensors
Wheels and tyres
17-inch “Dynamic” alloy wheels
225/45R17 91W tyres
FR Technology grade adds:
Full LED headlights
LED front fog lamps and daytime running lights
Full LED rear lights
FR front and rear bumpers
Electric, heated door mirrors with folding and (passenger side) automatic tilting functions
Twin exhaust pipes (visible)
Black roof rails (ST models)
Interior equipment
Front and rear reading lights with ambient spot illumination
Multi-coloured ambient lighting
Footwell lights
Flat-bottom steering wheel with perforated leather trim, FR logo and red stitching
Rear window blinds (ST models)
Seats and trim
Front sports seats with cloth upholstery
Black/Gloss Black interior
Height-adjustable front headrests
Front passenger seat lumbar adjustment
Aluminium door sills with FR logo
Functional and mechanical
Dual-zone climate control
SEAT Drive Profile, including Normal/Sport/Eco/Individual driving modes, steering and throttle response and
gear shift mode (DSG only)
Gearshift paddles on steering wheel (with DSG transmission)
Lowered sports-tuned suspension (-15 mm)
Folding remote keys with window open/close, door mirror folding and boot opening functions
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Full Link (including Mirror Link, Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto
Wheels and tyres
17-inch “Dynamic” alloy wheels
225/45R17 91W tyres
FR Titanium grade (SC only) adds:
Emoción red paint
Body side skirts
Extended roof spoiler
Wheels and tyres
18-inch “Titanium” machined alloy wheels
XCELLENCE Technology grade adds:
Chrome radiator grille
Chrome window surrounds
Interior equipment
LED interior illumination pack, including LED reading lights with ambient spots, vanity mirror lights, footwell,
boot and centre console lights and glove box light
Drawer beneath front passenger seat
Leather trimmed steering wheel with XCELLENCE logo
Seats and trim
Front sports seats with leather upholstery
Black/Ice Metal interior
Aluminium door sills with XCELLENCE logo
Functional and mechanical
Front parking sensors
KESSY keyless entry and go
Winter Pack, including:
Heated front seats
Headlight washers
Heater washer nozzle
Heated washer fluid
Convenience Pack, including:
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Automatic headlights with coming/leaving home function
Rain-sensing wipers
Connectivity hub with wireless phone charger
Wheels and tyres
17-inch “Dynamic” alloy wheels
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CUPRA 300 grade adds:
Gloss black door mirror casings
Visible dual exhaust pipes
Gloss Black front grille frame
CUPRA front and rear bumpers
Red brake callipers with CUPRA logo (front and rear)
Interior equipment
Pedals with aluminium covers
Black interior roof lining
Flat-bottom steering wheel with perforated leather trim, CUPRA logo and white stitching
Seats and trim
Front sports seats with black Alcantara upholstery
Black interior
Gloss black trim detailing
60/40 split-folding rear seats with centre armrest
Aluminium door sills with CUPRA logo
Functional and mechanical
SEAT Drive Profile CUPRA, including Normal/Sport/CUPRA/Individual driving modes, Dynamic Chassis Control
and Sound Actuator
Mechanical limited slip differential
4Drive (ST model)
ESC off key
Gear shift paddles on steering wheel (DSG only)
CUPRA performance interface
Electro-mechanical progressive power steering
10-Speaker SEAT sound system
Wheels and tyres
19-inch CUPRA machined alloy wheels
235/35R19 91Y tyres
Emergency spare wheel
SEAT Leon: history
The SEAT Leon has a hugely significant place in the history of the brand. A car that is loved throughout the
world, with well over 1,000,000 sold worldwide across two previous generations, it is responsible for some
landmark moments for SEAT.
The first C-segment model designed by SEAT under Volkswagen Group ownership, the Mk I Leon was
introduced in 1998, but the first cars didn’t go on sale in the UK until 2000. It became an instant success, going
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on to sell 50,740 between 2000 and 2007, although production officially ended in 2005. The Mk I Leon was the
first SEAT to wear the CUPRA (Cup Racing) and FR (Formula Racing) badges.
The Leon Mk II, introduced in 2005, was an even bigger success, in more ways than one. More than 82,000
(82,375) were sold in the UK before production closed at the end of 2012, with 2007 ranking as the best year
yet for Leon UK sales, with 13,481 sold. It was the only year in which the Leon exceeded Ibiza sales numbers in
the UK too, until 2016.
The Leon Mk II found success on the track, too, claiming successive World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)
titles in 2008 and 2009 using TDI diesel technology.
The Leon MkIII five-door debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, joined by the SC in Geneva in March 2013.
The Leon ST, the first ever estate in the range, broke cover in July of the same year, ahead of its debut at
Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The CUPRA 265 and 280 versions, the latter being the brand’s fastestever production series road car, appeared in January 2014 ahead of another Geneva Motor Show unveiling.
Due to customer demand for the flagship, the 265 was discontinued in the UK a couple of years later. CUPRA
derivatives were subsequently shown with upgraded 290PS engines in September 2015.
The Leon Cup Racer also saw the light of day in 2013, and spawned a one-make series – the Leon Eurocup.
Created by SEAT Sport, the stripped-out motorsport special weighed less than 1100kg and featured a mighty
330PS, slick tyres, DSG or sequential gearboxes, costing £75,000 to £95,000 respectively. The ultimate
embodiment of SEAT’s performance division know-how is still going strong, particularly in TCR endurance
racing across Europe, offering an unrivalled performance and handling package for the money.
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