Test - Seat Leon 1.6 TDI Spaniards without crisis

Spaniards without crisis

To seat it looked for a long time not look good. This seems now to change and still fresh, Leon has this upswing had no small share. Does the compact Spaniard what his great looks promising?

What Skoda was doing differently Seat? This question we have in recent years made ​​us more often times. Because it was not even necessarily understand at first glance that the Czechs pull out of the same kit a bestseller after another, while the Spanish VW subsidiary had to contend with red numbers. But times are changing and Seat is currently in Germany with a full approval Plus to success. A large proportion of this is the Leon, we let ourselves get to the test in a diesel version.

Are we talking about the same times the essentials: The compact Seat is visually one of the most attractive offers, if not the most beautiful compact in the volume segment. Also, the predecessor was already a successful car that sets available since about over a year since new generation but still something on it. A great site line with sharp creases, the gently sloping rear overhangs and crisp - the Leon looks the way you would want an Alfa Romeo in this class. While the tail comes rather inconsequential, scores of Leon also at the front, with a soothing restrained grille, but with athletic cut headlights. In other words, Olé, this Spaniard sprayed fire.

© Seat Seat Leon   Since the interior can not quite keep up. If the Leon with its outer appearance the big brother Golf yet clear in the shadows, you can see the interior but then that one is priced settled well below the Wolfsburg bestseller. At the almost upper class similar quality of the golf, the Spaniard is not it. But there is not really much to complain despite simpler plastics and some slightly umständlicherer operation. Especially since the Leon gets the group-typical excellent seats and a matching to the crisp suspension with direct steering on the way.

Because of this we have chosen motor does not fit really well. The well-known 1.6-liter diesel is a successful drive, developed but not just with 105 horses sporting ambitions. For this purpose, it runs rough, but that did not bother us, especially since he also exceptionally economical ran with about five liters of consumption in the test. Who wants to let the sporty look on the motorway follow appropriate action, something must wait until at least 192 km / h top is reached. But no problem, who do not have enough of this diesel can choose from a relatively large driving range, which sees the Cupra version with up to 280 hp at the top end. Then, however, the Leon has the 30,000 euro mark already conceded, while our brave test car is the base just at around 21,000 euros.

And as is almost everything at it, what you need in everyday life: air conditioning, electric windows, central locking, power mirrors, audio system and a split folding rear seat back. Missing at first glance actually just a Navi, the seat in the cheapest version for fair 690 Euro offers.

And that then makes the real attraction of the " Spanish Alfa " from: The Leon with the 1.6-liter diesel is indeed the drive side a rather unsophisticated car, but this he hides under a ravishing exterior. Compared to some other import brands it is priced although rather in midfield. Comparing it with the composite from the same kit VW Golf, but he is almost a special offer. In other words, even in golf country should this handsome Spaniard will find more than enough lovers.

Seat Leon 1.6 TDI - Specifications:

Five-door, five-seat compact car, Length: 4.26 meters Width: 1.82 meters Height: 1.46 meters Wheelbase: 2.64 meters Boot capacity: 380-1210 liters   1.6-liter diesel engine, 77 kW/105 hp, maximum torque: 250 Nm 1500-2750 U / min, 0-100 km / h: 10.7 s Vmax: 192 km / h, average fuel consumption: 3, 8 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers, CO2 emissions: 99 g / km, efficiency class: A, test consumption: 5.1 liters   Price: from 21,040 euros ( Reference)

Our test vehicle was a little weak in the chest but as internal changes, the broad engine range of the Seat Leon room for flexibility and the exterior is the most exciting thing that has ever presented the Spaniards.