When the Leon was facelifted a year ago, most of the focus was placed upon the hatchback, three-door and estate editions, while the quirkily named Leon X-Perience largely went ignored. It benefits from a standard four-wheel-drive system and is a bit of a mini Audi Allroad. Sales performance in the UK has been modest, with just 120 examples registered last year, however, SEAT is hoping to see the new model will take a larger slice of the action thanks to its refresh. Most will be hard pushed to notice the changes at first glance, even though thereís revisions to the front and rear bumpers, updated headlights and an enlarged front grille. Inside thereís a newly designed eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless charging for smartphones. Extra safety equipment, either standard or optional, includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, blind spot detection, an automated parking system and high beam assist for the headlights.
You can read the full report on this SEAT Leon in the January 2018 issue of Diesel Car. Order a back issue by clicking here and choosing a single issue
Huge boot with low loading sill. Fun to drive. Smart, well-built interior. Long list of standard kit.
Pricier than rivals and not as efficient. DSG gearbox is sometimes jerky at low speeds.