I’ve broken my own rule with our ëtardis-likeí SEAT, because I normally try and avoid reading any reviews, thoughts or opinions from the motoring press about my long-termer before enjoying a few months of touring the country together. This way, I can sample the car without any prejudgements and a neutral opinion, form my own views and then check out some reviews further down the line. But, thatís easier said than done with the Leon it seems, because plenty of people have wanted to tell me their positive views of the car. Most surprisingly, even a Volkswagen dealer, perhaps controversially, suggested I might want a Leon over a Golf. I suspect this was from a financial point of view, but either way, what Iíd heard meant I was expecting a car thatís great to drive, with a good driving position and a wide spread of differernt talents. Iíd struggle to disagree with any of these, yet for some reason it is taking longer to bond with the Leon than Iíd expected.
That was until a drive home to Birmingham from Heathrow the other night, following a long-haul flight. My fatigue was compounded by having to wait for three hours in arrivals at Terminal 3 after rushing and mistakenly leaving a few bags on the plane. After boosting Cafe Neroís profits for the day, frustrated, jetlagged and buzzing with caffeine, the Leon and I hit the motorway. At least by now the M25 and M40 rush hour had passed, and on this trip my feelings changed, moving at a pleasing pace, with Eighties ëSynthpopí blasting out of the stereo. A salute to the standard sound system fitted to our Leon, by the way. Thereís no premium brand here, just the regular eight speakers which pump out the bass, almost too much bass. That means a lot to me with a Spotify Premium account, along with so much time spent behind the wheel. Donít ask what it was exactly, probably a combination of the above, but the Leon felt purposeful and like it owned the road ñ it made me smile. Tired, but with caffeine flowing through my veins, good music (subjective I know), and making good progress, the Leon and I have bonded. Wonderful!
Thereís been no change yet with the faulty fuel gauge mentioned in last monthís report. I phoned my local SEAT dealership quite last minute, but they were full for the next week and couldnít perform any of the checks needed to test the gauge unless there was less than a quarter of a tank of fuel. I needed the car, so Iíve got used to resetting the trip meter and just refilling after 450 miles. Iíll get around to sorting it; my first new yearís resolution!
Date arrived 10th May 2017
Fuel economy 67.3mpg (combined) 47.9mpg (on test)
The LED tail-lights illuminate with the front daytime running lights – why don’t all cars do this?
The heater takes so long before warm air starts blowing through.