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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Seat Leon ST

Overall verdict
Only the interior isn't as good as the Golf. Beyond that, there's not a lot to split the Leon ST.


Fantastic build quality, excellent refinement, very practical


Slightly utilitarian but not a lot else


What is it?

The estate version of the Seat Leon is essentially the same as a Golf Estate, only it looks a bit different. It’s also worse inside, but costs a lot less. Underneath, and under the bonnet, it’s more or less identical, and sits on the same MQB architecture you’d find under a load of stuff from the Volkswagen Group (A3, Octavia, Golf) and so on. There’s even a load-lugging version of the Seat Leon Cupra hot hatch, and a crossover in the shape of the Seat Leon X-Perience.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.5 TSI EVO 150 FR Black Edition [EZ] 5dr
8.2s 120g/km 53.3 150 £25,470
The cheapest
1.5 TSI EVO FR Black Edition [EZ] 5dr
9.5s 116g/km 55.4 130 £23,855
The greenest
2.0 TDI 150 FR Black Edition [EZ] 5dr
8.8s 114g/km 64.2 150 £27,145