Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sporty Leon Now Better Than Ever; SEAT Leon FR Technology 2.0 TDI

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Sporty Leon Now Better Than Ever; SEAT Leon FR Technology 2.0 TDI

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Byline: Patrick James

SEAT has always relished being seen as the sporty arm of the VW empire.

The third generation of the Leon, a worthy challenger to the parent group's Golf, is no exception, with new styling, and significant revisions across the range.

There are three body styles: fivedoor hatchback, three-door SC, and ST estate.

The car uses the same platform as the Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and Golf itself, and is one of the most spacious cars in its class despite having a shorter wheelbase.

There is more passenger space and luggage capacity - an extra 39 litres in the boot and 14mm more head and rear knee room.

It does look sporty, particularly the FR version driven here with its 15mm lower profile, wider bonnet, revised front bumper and wider, more prominent trapezoidal front grille and full LED headlights with daytime running, dedicated FR bumpers and FRstamped aluminium door sills.

It also features independent rear suspension and stiffer springs and dampers for a more engaging drive, plus smart alloy wheels.

There is also a range of petrol and diesel engines, all offering good economy and low emissions. They include new 1.0 TSI engine and increased power for the 1.4 EcoTSI and 1.6 TDI units and the powerful, but frugal 2.0-litre unit in this car.

The latest model also offers a wide range of new technology, including the wireless charger, traffic jam assist and traffic sign recognition.

The interior continues the sporty look with neat flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, bold dials, intuitive central control screen and typically high quality and robust fittings and trim.

The dark interior is nicely offset with brushed satin trim. The multiadjustable front sports seats are firm but comfortable. The touch screen allows control of connectivity, navigation and infotainment features, plus easy integration of multiple smartphones via Apple Car Play, Mirror Link and Google Android Auto. …

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