Nearly new buying guide: Seat Leon (Mk4)

Nearly new buying guide: Seat Leon (Mk4)

The Leon is well equipped as standard, but there are six spec levels to sift through before making your final decision. Entry-level SE cars are fitted with 16in wheels, air conditioning, keyless entry, an 8.0in infotainment system and cruise control as standard. SE Dynamic adds front parking sensors, 17in wheels and tinted rear windows.

FR trim injects a more sporting tone, with sports suspension for more engaging cornering, dual exhaust pipes, sleeker front and rear bumpers, dynamic indicators, tri-zone climate control and automatic wipers. FR Sport gains a winter pack with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as ambient lighting and 18in wheels.

For even more kit, Xcellence features full-LED headlights, a rear-view camera, unique bumpers, chrome window frames and 17in wheels. It also gets FR Sport’s winter pack, with the added benefit of adaptive cruise control. Finally, Excellence Lux gains leather trim and performance 18in wheels.

Buyer beware

PHEV boot penalty: The plug-in hybrid hatch’s motor and battery rob it of 110 litres of boot space, which falls to a superminisized 270 litres. The plug-in estate model has its space slashed to 470 litres for the same reason.

Take care reversing: The Leon secured a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, with good scores in all areas. That said, it was let down slightly by its 71% vulnerable road user score, where it lost marks because it does not detect pedestrians at the rear of the car.

Haptic touchpads: This generation of the Leon has lost its ergonomic physical air conditioning controls, which have been replaced with haptic touchpads. Putting it mildly, these controls have received mixed reviews from users and some have said they can be difficult to use when on the move.

Need to know

Prices for a current-shape Leon start from £15,000 for a 1.0-litre TSI and from £18,000 for a 1.5-litre. A 2.0-litre diesel is around £20,000, an eTSI just above at £21,000 and an eHybrid £24,000.