The latest version of the SEAT Leon is a definite winner; as well-built and comfortable as a Golf, but with the sort of style and sportiness you don’t often see from the German manufacturer.
However, has the Spanish brand sacrificed practicality for style? Do the Leon’s angles make it tighter for passengers and luggage, and does its size make it harder to park? We’re here to help you answer these questions with our SEAT Leon dimensions guide.
The Leon has tended to get bigger over the years, and has always been a similar size to the Volkswagen Golf it shares its platform with. However, the latest Leon is actually 5cm shorter than the previous model, and 12cm shorter than the Ford Focus, which makes it easier to park. The three-door Leon SC model is 35mm shorter in the wheelbase (and overall length) for a squatter, sportier appearance, and the ST estate adds more than 70mm for extra bootspace. Parking sensors (a £249 option or standard on the FR and above) are a worthwhile investment for those who find it difficult to see out.
Overall length: 4,263mm (4,428mm SC, 4,535mm ST)
Overall width: 1,816mm (1810mm SC)
Wheelbase: 2,636mm (2,601mm SC)
Overall height: 1,459mm (1,446mm SC)
Despite a shorter body than the Focus, the Leon – much like the Golf – offers excellent room all-round for four six-foot tall people, with tolerable room for a small adult in the middle for short journeys. The shorter three-door suffers a bit in terms of rear space, but is still reasonable compared to rivals.
The Leon offers the same bootspace as the Golf, which at 380 litres beats the Focus and Vauxhall Astra easily, and offers an excellent combination of passenger and luggage space. The Leon ST goes one step further, offering a huge 587 litres of bootspace, and 1,470 litres with the seats down, easily matching the Focus estate. However, if you’re really looking for massive bootspace from the Volkswagen Group, the Skoda Octavia estate offers much more for similar money.
Bootspace (with the rear seats up) 380 litres (587 litres ST)
Bootspace (with rear seats down) 1,270 litres (1,470 litres ST)
Turning circle and fuel capacity
A turning circle of 10m is very good for the class and beats the Focus by a whole metre. This makes three-point turns a lot easier, as well as narrow manouveres in car parks. Much as many hot models do, the Cupra adds another metre to this thanks to larger tyres and lower suspension. However, this is still better than the Focus ST, although both suffer from the same problem of big, easy-to-kerb wheels.
A fuel tank capacity of 50 litres for all models is slightly smaller than that offered by the Focus, meaning the total range suffers a bit. Despite this, the Leon 1.6 TDI ecomotive offers staggering claimed fuel economy of 86 mpg and a theoretical 941-mile range from one tank.
Turning circle: 10 metres (11 metres Cupra)
Fuel tanks capacity: 50 litres (all models)
The Leon is actually about 90kg lighter than its predecessor, starting at a very reasonable 1,195kg for the 1.2-litre SC, making it one of the lightest in its class despite excellent build quality. The estate adds 40kg or so, which isn’t a noticeable amount on the open road. These kerbweights help explain the excellent fuel economy figures the car is able to achieve. The diesels are heavier, but the efficient engines balance this out.
Kerbweight: 1,195kg (1.2 TSI Sport coupe 3dr) to 1,435kg (2.0 TDI DSG 184 Sport Tourer)
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