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SEAT LEON ESTATE

1.5 eTSI 150 FR 5dr DSG

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SEAT's now fourth generation Leon is also offered as an Estate. It might be the best car you'd never heard of. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

So to the SEAT Leon ST, a compact estate that isn't that compact. A sensible station wagon that claims to be sporty. A car of contradictions then, but one that promises to be quite appealing family transport, especially in the fourth generation form we look at here with its slicker looks, stronger safety and improved media connectivity. Practical and sporty, it aims to offer a more dynamic option to family estate buyers, with a 'lifestyle' appeal that might even pique the interest of folk looking at Qashqai-class crossovers. That's what SEAT says anyway. Time to look at this car in a little more detail.

Driving Experience

You might not be surprised to learn that this Leon Estate offers a very similar driving experience to that of its hatchback stablemate - which wasn't guaranteed given the fact that this variant must carry along so much extra length behind its rear axle. With this fourth generation Leon, most mainstream versions continue to persist with an old-school torsion beam rear suspension set-up. Which isn't to suggest that nothing has changed here. Quite the contrary. Take the engine range. Specify an auto gearbox with the 150PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO four cylinder petrol powerplant and you'll get the brand's latest 'eTSI' mild hybrid electrified technology. There's also now a PHEV full-Hybrid plug-in Leon Estate, the e-HYBRID, which uses a 150PS 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine mated to a 6-speed DSG auto gearbox and an 85kW electric motor, powered by a 13kWh lithium-ion battery that when fully charged can deliver a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of up to 36 miles. Most Leon customers though, will be wanting an engine of the more conventional kind, which if you want to stay with manual transmission is what you'll have to have. With a stick shift fitted, you can choose between conventional 130 or 150PS versions of that 1.5 TSI EVO petrol unit. You'll also be offered the option of diesel power - there are two versions of the latest cleaner, more efficient VW Group 2.0 TDI 'twin dosing' unit, offering either 116 or 150PS. At the top of the range lies the CUPRA Leon fast Estate variant, which features a conventional 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit developing 310PS via 4WD.

Design and Build

Thanks to this Leon Estate, nobody, SEAT says, now needs to have to compromise in their choice between a sporty car and a practical one. That may be over-stating things a bit but it's true that this is one of the more dynamic shapes in the family estate segment. To create it, the Spanish designers have had to compromise a little on ultimate carriage capacity: without the smartly angled rear screen for example, you could certainly fit a bit more in, but then the car would look a little more boxy and boring. We're guessing that most potential family buyers would rather sacrifice a few cubic inches for a more assured driveway statement. SEAT says that visual style was one of the key reasons why people bought the earlier version of this car, so that's been focused on here, hence the sharper, more assertive lines of this fourth generation design which is 93mm longer, 16mm narrower and 3mm lower than before. Full-LED headlights feature at the front and there's a more distinctive full-width 'coast-to-coast'-style lamp arrangement at the rear. Inside, the redesign centres around the use of SEAT's 'Digital Cockpit' layout, which brings together a high-resolution 10.25-inch configurable driver instrument cluster and 10-inch infotainment system. Interior light is an important feature here. It includes a wraparound dashboard light that covers the fascia's entire width and continues through the doors. A key change is the improvement in rear seat space (a slight failing of this model line previously); a 50mm increase in wheelbase has usefully improved legroom. Raise the sloping tailgate and you'll find a 617-litre boot that's 30-litres bigger than before.

Market and Model

Initially, the ST estate is priced mainly in the £22,000 to £28,000 bracket, so you're looking at a premium of around £1,000 above the five-door model. To begin with, customers get a choice of three core trim levels - 'SE', 'SE Dynamic' and 'FR'. If you can afford more, you can talk to your dealer about further 'FR Sport', 'Xcellence' and 'Xcellence Lux' trim levels. Even base 'SE'-spec gets you quite a lot: 'Kessy Go' keyless start, full-LED headlight technology with automatic high beam and 16-inch alloy wheels, plus an eight-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with SEAT Connect technology and access to the 'Apple CarPlay' or 'Android Auto' media systems. 'SE Dynamic' mid-range trim upgrades you to the SEAT Digital Cockpit package, which gets you a 10.25-inch digital driver instrument binnacle display, plus a larger 10-inch centre-dash infotainment screen with navigation. Plus at this level, you get Park Assist (front and rear sensors) and tinted rear side windows, as well as larger Dynamic 17-inch alloy wheels. To make your Leon ST really stand out, you'll need one of the meaner-looking 'FR' trim levels, which add sporty front and rear bumpers, Dynamic 17-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes and a unique suspension set-up that gives a 15mm lower ride height. 'Xcellence' trim adds luxury touches like microsuede cloth upholstery and Predictive Adaptive Cruise Control.

Cost of Ownership

It's not easy to cut back the weight of a modern family estate in a market where buyers want their cars to be safer and more heavily equipped. Yet thanks to the installation of the Volkswagen Group's MQB platform, this SEAT manages to be singularly impressive in its lack of bulk. An entry-level 1.0 TSI Leon ST is one of the lightest cars in its class. Lots of work's also been put into engine efficiency here. The standard 1.0 and 1.5 TSI petrol units feature a Miller-cycle combustion process and variable geometry turbocharger, along with integrated Active Cylinder Management. The Miller-cycle optimises valvetrain control with early closure of the inlets which, combined with a higher compression rate and turbocharging, better control the air-fuel mixture and improve fuel efficiency by up to 10 per cent. As for the WLTP figures, well for the 1.5 TSI 130PS unit, the readings are up to 51.4mpg on the combined cycle and 124g/km of CO2. For the 1.5 TSI 150PS unit, the figures are up to 48.7mpg and 133g/km - or 47.9mpg and 134g/km for the eTSI mild hybrid DSG auto version of this model. Specify DSG auto transmission with either the 1.0 TSI unit or the 150PS 1.5 TSI EVO engine and as mentioned above, you get the brand's Mild Hybrid eTSI tech. This technology uses a 48V starter-generator and lithium-ion battery enabling the vehicle to coast with the engine switched off (while retaining all key electric functions, such as power steering), harvest energy under deceleration and provide electrical torque assistance during acceleration. If you want to go further, the Plug-in eHybrid model's 1.4-litre TSI engine is paired to a 13kWh battery pack which can be fully charged in 3.5 hours and offers up to 38 miles of electrified range.

Summary

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, estate cars were purely for estate people - those with dogs, photocopiers to cart about and weekend leisure equipment. You wouldn't really consider one if you didn't actually need to. But station wagons like this second generation Leon ST are rather different. Why wouldn't you choose one of these rather than a standard Leon five-door hatch? After all, the ST variant isn't much more expensive, looks just as good, drives just as well and offers a lot more everyday flexibility Like the best of its family hatchback-based competitors, it's also successful in offering nearly all the practicality in a larger estate car with the easy parking and deft manoeuvrability of a much smaller one. Is there really any point in considering a five-seater compact SUV or MPV when a car like this SEAT can be so versatile? Your call.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions131.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed135mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Digital cockpit
  • Front assist with forward collision warning braking reaction to vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists
  • Full Link Smartphone Integration with Mirror Link, Apple Car Play, Google Android Auto with USB cable for Apple and Android compatibility
  • Lane keeping system
  • Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors)
  • Power assisted speed sensitive electro-mechanical steering
  • RPM, trip computer, outside temp gauge, digital clock, instrument light brightness, low fuel warning light, lights on reminder, gearshift indicator
  • SEAT drive profile with 4 modes (Eco/Normal/Sport/Individual), throttle response and gearshift mode
  • Service interval indicator
  • Start/stop system with regenerative braking

Entertainment

  • Auxiliary input socket

Exterior Features

  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Black roof rails
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Dark tinted rear windows
  • Electric front/rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors
  • Illuminated aluminium front door sill
  • LED front fog lamps with cornering function
  • LED Headlights with LED tail lights dynamic turn signals and high beam assist
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear fog lamps
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Separate daytime running light with automatic headlight control and coming home feature

Interior Features

  • 12 v socket in the load area
  • 12v power point in centre console
  • 60/40 split rear bench seat with armrest
  • Ambient lighting in door trim
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver seat lumbar adjustment
  • Driver/passenger manual seat height adjust
  • Dust/pollen filter
  • Flat bottomed perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching and FR logo and leather gear shift paddles
  • Front and rear reading lights X 4
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front passenger seat lumbar adjustment
  • Front seatback storage pockets
  • Height adjustable front and rear headrests and third rear headrest
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Interior lighting with LED lighting in sunvisor, glovebox and rear headlining
  • ISOFIX points in outer rear seats with top tether anchorage points
  • Sliding boot cover
  • Sunvisors with covered illuminated mirror
  • Three zone climate control
  • Tool kit

Packs

  • Media system plus with navigation - Leon

Safety

  • 3 point rear seatbelts x3
  • ABS
  • Brake control system - ESC and brake booster
  • Child proof door locks
  • Driver and front passenger airbags with front passenger airbag de-activation, front side, curtain, driver knee airbags
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Hill hold control
  • Seat belt reminder for front and rear seats
  • Tiredness recognition system (Driver alert system)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system

Security

  • Anti theft alarm system with interior monitoring in cab, backup horn and towing protection
  • KESSY Go (Keyless start)
  • Lockable tailgate
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Wireless phone charging

Technical

  • Sports suspension
  • XDS electronic differential lock and dynamic traction support

Trim

  • Chrome interior detailing

Wheels

  • 17" Dynamic alloy wheels with 91W tyres

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.028
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    125

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1498
  • Compression Ratio
    10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    85.9
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    5.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    51.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.5
  • Badge Power
    150
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    eTSI 150
  • Coin Series
    FR
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    22E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    8.7
  • Engine Power - BHP
    150
  • Engine Power - KW
    110
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    184
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    25.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    250
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1500
  • Top Speed
    135

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    DYNAMIC BI-SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1437
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4642
  • Wheelbase
    2684
  • Width
    1799

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    45
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2000
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    620
  • Max. Loading Weight
    665
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    700
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1335
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    10.5
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

"2 months ago"

Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

"a month ago"

Ollie Emery

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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