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The Top Gear car review:Seat Leon
For:Well-built, well-priced with plenty of fresh VW Group tech underneath.
Against:Dash looks a little bare, doesn't have a VW badge on its nose
What is it?
The Seat Leon is Spain’s attempt to out-Golf the Golf. In the past, buyers who wanted something Golf-ish for a bit less money have tended to buy, erm, a second-hand Golf, but the third-generation Leon – based on the same spangly MQB platform as the MkVII Golf and the new Audi A3 – might finally be the car to lure budget-conscious hatch buyers from the German end of the new car market.
For a start, it certainly looks more distinctive than the hyperconservative Golf, with sharp swage lines and pointy door mirrors. The three-door SC looks particularly sharp, while the Seat Leon Cupra is a consummate hot hatch and the Seat Leon X-Perience is a polished attempt on the crossover market.