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Seat Leon ST

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Seat Leon ST


On the inside

Layout, finish and space

Wagonising the Leon hatch has added 26cm to the car’s overall length (all behind the rear wheels) but has increased space by 54 per cent to a total of 587 litres – or 1,470 litres with the seats folded. That’s 111 litres more than a Focus estate, and only a shade off the class-leading Octavia Estate. Oof. 

It may lack the Golf’s treat-yourself premium appointments, but there’s useful stuff here, like a twin floor so the loading bay sits flush with the boot lip, a pair of handles so you can drop the back seats in a single pull, and an optional foldable passenger seat that gives a 2.5-metre-long loading capacity from dash to tailgate. You even get a GTI-style flat-bottom steering wheel with the FR.