All Leons drive well and the ST is no exception. It may be notably longer than the hatchback, but it’s only 45kg heavier.
Your diesel options are a 1.6-litre unit in either 105hp or “Ecomotive” 115hp flavours, with a punchy 2.0-litre offering 150hp or 185hp. The two 1.6-litre engines both emit less than 100g/km CO2. The Ecomotive version dips well under and can achieve a fuel economy of 85.6mpg. The 2.0-litre diesel offers better performance with both engines getting you to 60mph in 8.5s or less.
The 1.4-litre petrol is quiet and smooth - it gets my pick
The petrols are not quite so parsimonious, but still sit in VED bands C-E. There’s a 110hp 1.2-litre, a 1.4-litre in 125hp and 150hp versions, a 180hp 1.8-litre and a 265hp 2.0-litre sitting in the range-topping Cupra. This latter engine drags the Leon ST to 60mph in little over six seconds and combines with the car’s enjoyable drive to make quite the fast estate.
The ride is generally very good and the car is well damped – it’ll keep you and your things comfy. Sporty FR models are a little firmer, but not too much so.
The car’s electronic differential brakes the front wheels individually in response to lost grip, so it takes bends pretty well. There’s a slight lack of involvement due to the light steering, but it’s a good thing to chuck about should the mood ever take you.