Unless you’re the kind of person who is always in a hurry the extra 28bhp of the new Desire Red 1.5-litre turbo petrol Leon is very welcome, but if that’s not enough, you could be tempted by the additional 20bhp on offer for another approx €890.
The Seat Leon has an impressive variety of powertrains available also. There is a mild-hybrid version of the 1.0 TSI; a 113bhp 2.0-litre diesel; and a 1.4 TSI petrol-electric plug-in hybrid with 201bhp and a 40-mile electric-only range- you can order a dual-clutch automatic gearbox too.
The 1.0 TSI Leon is very satisfying to drive. It’s modest engine, keen chassis and taut steering combine to make this an enjoyable car with which to explore Spain’s inviting and mainly flat country roads.
The long list of features include a reversing camera with keyless entry and start in addition to the full LED lights, scrolling indicators, four selectable driving modes, ‘microsuede’ upholstery, tri-zone climate control, seat heating, heated leather steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, wireless phone charger, ambient interior lighting, electric adjustment for the driver’s seat, manual height adjustment for the front passenger seat and adjustable lumbar support for both that are added by the FR and FR Sport trims below.
Seat’s claims that the Leon “oozes class”, a statement that i find hard to argue with. Check online for big price reductions.