The first proper small family car on our list is the latest SEAT Leon, in sporty FR trim. It’s easy to see why the Leon scores so highly here as its smart looks, practical design and desirable performance are likely to result in a queue of prospective buyers when it’s time to sell.
The VW Group 2.0-litre TDI engine is tried and tested, and its smooth power delivery and 181bhp output guarantee strong performance. It will sprint from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds and provide fuel economy of more than 54mpg. A slick manual gearbox and progressive brakes help make this SEAT fun to drive, while its talented chassis ensures excellent handling.
Inside you’ll find plenty of space and a decent 380-litre boot, although it does have a high loading lip if you plan to carry heavy objects on a regular basis. FR trim is as sporty as they come for now, and go-faster kit includes 17-inch alloy wheels, LED rear lights and sports seats. Dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors and dark tinted windows also mean it has all of the important family car kit.