The smooth and punchy features make the 1.4 TSI, petrol version, above the rivals whereas in diesel, 1.6 is good flexible. But if you are looking for more than this, you can go for 178bph 1.8 petrol though above this will be 181bph 2.0 diesel in the FR which is real fast.
In the handling Leon is at par with Audi and VW Golf with respect to good body control and well-weighted steering. The FR models have suspensions stiffer and lower settings for smooth handling while lower powered models have simpler settings. But overall, the ride is firm for all models. There seems engine noise, noise more noticeable for tyre and slick gearshift.
In this field, the Leon ST is sure a winner with the VW Golf having cheap finance deals offered and cheap to run also. With less than 120g/km of CO2 emission level and resale value may not be like that of Golf’s, but it is quite ok.
The Leon’s fascia may not be luxuriant but is definitely smart. It has 60,000 mile, 3 year warranty. All features look fine but some features do have a cost cutting feel like a plastic flap covering cubbyhole at dashboard.
This is a area where Leon’s excels, with seven airbags, stability control, emergency brake assist and not to forget the tyre pressure monitoring system, Isofix child seat mounting, alarm and remote locking works centrally. It has got five star rating in Euro NCAP crash test.
With the adjustable seat, comfort level increases in the car. It has the touch-screen well positioned on top of dash to access comfortably with little problem of placing some important icons in the corner of the screen. The car has good heating and ventilation controls but is somewhat lacking in the rear view visibility.
Leon has enough space for four people with the mid spec SE trim models and above having foldable back seats and 587-litre boot and variable height boot floor having 12v socket are good points with exceptions of hard boot floor and less outright capacity.
Let’s get to see the equipment of the entry level S trim which has Bluetooth, USB input, air-conditioning, colored touch-screen, wheel mountain audio controls and electric front windows. The FR with firm suspension, front and rear sensors, cruise control and a lot of more specifications are present for an enjoyable ride.
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