SEAT Leon ST Performance

RRP from
£19,170
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£5,096
MPG
45.6 - 70.6
0-60 mph in
7.3 - 10.6 secs
First year road tax
£145 - £205

Like every other Leon the SEAT Leon ST drives well. It may be notably longer than the hatchback, but it’s only 45kg heavier.

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Performance and Economy

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

Mat Watson
carwow expert

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.

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Comfort and Handling

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.

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