What should I be paying?
There are three key specs – SE, FR and Xcellence – plus upgraded versions of each (SE Dynamic, FR Sport and Xcellence Lux) for a total of six options. The middle one, FR, is the sweet spot and mostly likely what the majority of buyers will choose. You’re looking at £24,545 and decent kit including the big 10-inch infotainment system, LED headlights, wireless phone charging and three-zone climate control.
While the hatchback gets a load of engine options, the Estate makes do with just one – the 1.5-litre petrol. It comes in either 130 or 150bhp flavour, with the latter getting the option of the seven-speed DSG auto with mild-hybrid tech. The 130bhp manual is still more economical, though, with Seat claiming up to 52.3mpg. You’ll probably get that, too. We tried the 150bhp auto, which delivered Seat’s claim of 47.9mpg without even trying. CO2 emissions range between 123 and 133g/km.
Company car drivers might want to wait for the plug-in hybrid, which has a 13kWh lithium-ion battery for up to 38 miles of electric running. No doubt it’ll be a bit more expensive to buy outright, but teeny tiny CO2 emissions mean you’ll pay much less company car tax than you would with a normal petrol or diesel.