Seat Leon ???
The thought of a Seat Leon has crossed my mind as a (slightly) cheaper alternative to a Golf, any thoughts? Would be looking at 2006/07 onwards facelift model.
As VAG group, presume 2.0 TDI can be troublesome/expensive? Best avoided? What about 1.6 diesel?
My general thoughts on Seat is that they’re basically a VW, but not quite as well finished, harsher ride, more road noise, am I on the right track?
SamPosted 4 years agotreaclespongeMember
Got an 08 FR TDI. Love it, plenty of oomph for a bit of fun, nicer (i think) inside than the VW, less black/function over form but still well put together. Got 80K on the clock and never missed a beat, DPF isnt a problem as long as you do some motorway mileage once a week. Boot is a decent size and with the seats down can get two/three bikes in with the wheels off. FR ride is a bit harsh, esp with 18″ alloys, but regular models far less so. Basically its a golf with a nice hat on. 😀Posted 4 years agoPictoMember
Wrong forum but…
Probably about right re your assumptions. Made the same choice a few years ago and bought an 08 2.0tdi. Had it nearly 4 years. Apart from a pump for the traction control giving up it has been a good car.
Little basic inside but I figure i should be looking at the road when driving so not an issue. I find it comfortable and it drives well and pretty economical.Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
I’ve got a 60 plate petrol FR. They facelifted the model in 09 so its got a slightly better interior, better suspension and a more powerful engine than the older FRs
Its got 207 HP and goes like stink. Its a MkVI Golf GTI in a different body.
I bought it with 11k miles on the clock 6 months ago for £11k, equivalent GTIs were 17K plus!
Interior is fine, seats are great, dual zone climate, parking sensors, fancy xenons that point round corners, bluetooth, USB media.
Mind you it doesn’t have a flocked glove box or a centre armrest so I’ve nowhere to keep all the money I saved over buying a Golf!Posted 4 years agodmortsSubscriber
2.0 TDI can be troublesome/expensive
Mine was. The DPF was involved but not what I believe was the root cause. Ran out of money before I could find out what that was.
When it went it was a v. nice, fun car though but unless you do mega motorway miles a petrol is probably a better betPosted 4 years agoPimpmaster JazzMember
A friend had an ’07 FR diesel which was fun to drive. He had problems with the tracking though – the rear was out. Apparently it was a production glitch, but worth knowing about.
The obvious other alternative to a Golf is an Octavia, which has a bigger boot than both the Golf and the Leon.Posted 4 years agoPiefaceMember
I have had a 56 plate 1.6 petrol for the last 2 / 3 years.
Nice dependable car, the engine’s not particularly efficient and AFAIK its just a slightly larger version of the engine that was in my ’96 Ibiza.
I got the one thats just up from base spec but seems to have quite a few upgrades out of the catalogue – trying to determine which one it is on Parker’s is difficult.
I like it, it looks different (less so now) and has most of the stuff you’d want, however the boot door shape is awkward and there’s a lot of plastic in the dashboard, which is OK but the main section between steering wheel and windscreen is quite shiny so reflects off the inside of the screen in very bright weather. Polarising sunglasses gets rid of this though.Posted 4 years agorussjpMember
2011 1.2tsi Leon here, by far the best car ive ever had!Posted 4 years ago
Bluetooth, cruise control, DAB radio, sat nav, auto start/stop, a/c, 6 speed and loads more lovely stuff. I thought a 1.2 would be to small an engine for the size of car but its turbocharged and supercharged and has kenetic energy recovery to help boost power too, never felt under powerjswain90Member
I work for VAG so get the luxury of a new car every 6 months. I have had 2 of the older shape Leon fr’s (normal fr and fr+) and also currently got a new shape fr. The old shape Leon is a good car. Get loads of kit on the fr, chassis is great, handling is great and performance really good too, only had the 170 diesel engines and it is really punchy, will spin the wheels easy through 1st, 2nd, 3rd… Only real criticism is the pre face lift ones look a bit dated inside and don’t use the best materials but the facelift ones are much improved. The ride is a bit crashy with the suspension setup on the car but you will soon get used to it. If you can stretch to the fr+ it comes with xenons, sat nav, parking sensors and bluetooth. If you do low mileage you may get problems with the dpf failing but other than that it’s a great car.Posted 4 years ago220siMember
I have the new MK3 Leon FR and it’s good.
Coming from a BMW E91 330d it’s a good car and not too much of a trade down.
Mine is punchy and handles very well for FWD and is good for space.
MPG is averaging 48mpg mainly around town.
Interior is good and I would say nearly as good as my BMW and the new MK7 Golf BUT below eye line materials change in quality going from soft touch to scratchy plastic but how often do I touch the plastic whilst driving????
Spec is excellent and about £4000 cheaper than equivalent Golf or 1 Series.
Sat Nav – SD Card, touchscreen
Bluetooth music and phone
Fr and Rr parking sensors with pilot guide
Auto lights and wipers
150bhp diesel 6spd
£20 per year tax
Good car overall.Posted 4 years agomu3266Member
2010 SEAT Leon Ecomotive 1.6 Diesel.
Owned from new, done 45,000 miles in it.
Never get less than 60mpg & between 800-900 miles to a tank.
Road noise is noticeable but not off putting.
Comfort is more reasonable than the sportier FR or Cupra models.
Been through one set of tyres so far (the P7’s supplied from new aren’t that great). I’ve not a set of goodyear efficient grip’s which are a little bit quieter and just as economical.
As mentioned, the A pillar is a bit of a nause as its large, same as the rear window.
Bootspace is adequate enough I’ve found. With the rear seats down you can fit two bikes in (front wheel off on one).Posted 4 years ago
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