Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

My car is a joy to drive, and was trouble free for the first four years. In the last 12 months I have had to have a new secondary air blower (turbo - I think), new clutch master and slave cylinders and a new timing belt. The problem is not that a few things have failed during my ownership (although this is much more than any other car that I have owned), but that the design of the car makes it difficult and therefore expensive for these repairs to be carried out. For example the timing belt and clutch both needed removal of the engine or gearbox in part

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Water leaks, electrical problems but main problem was cracked cylinder head that cost almost as much as car is worth to fix,(& yes the car has always been well looked after & serviced yearly) meaning we now have to keep it to get our money back.we will never buy a seat again. I know the cost of fuel is high but even though I don't cover many miles the petrol I buy doesn't seem to go far.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 1/5
52-reg , Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fits our purpose very well in almost all situations: short commutes; fairly long distance drives (100miles+); satisfactory quiet cabin; seems to have a good build quality; some good features eg: lights left on aural indicator and variable speed intermittent wipers: very few minor hiccups; only gripe - slow to pick up in 1st and 2nd but OK after that (not a problem just a comment)

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2003-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Shocks need replacing, the discs are cracked, the engine has a hot start problem, there are numerous boost leaks, needs a ecu reset, the gearbox is getting stiff, the discs are warped,. Hopefully when I finished fixing the above, I will be able to enjoy driving the car, only had it 4 months, its no honda that's for certain, vag reliability looks like being a fantasy!

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A wonderful ride with a Sporty heart - will make you smile when you push on and help you relax when you push cruise control and just enjoy the journey. Safe for the Kids 0 just such a shame about the Build quality and the dealers who are always too busy for you - Except the Parts department who in Peterborough are exceptional.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 1/5
52-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

This car is based on a volkswagen golf, which suffers from the same well known problem, vanes sticking on the turbo! after only 50,000 miles so if you dont mind a £500 bill to fix every five years then buy one. You think SEAT would have sorted this problem before building in an inherent problem. Otherwise a failry sturdy car

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Mechanically, no problems. however, electrics have gone wrong, including needing a replacement dashboard unit. currently, leaking water into the cabin and spare wheel bay when it rains. Car has not required major work despite its age since the dashboard unit was replaced, and servicing and consumables are not very expensive.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
51-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

An excellent concept taking best of VW practice at better price. BUT the turbocharger has moveable vanes and these stick far too readily causing the boost pressure to be reduced and suddenly you can't accelerate and the traffic is piling up behind you!
Could have been a great car - what a pity.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Water leaks all over car (should be called the seat colander ) also suffered with cracked cylinder head (our car only had 49.000 miles on it with a f.s.h) that cost over ł1200 to repair. our worst car to date. Not good on petrol to say its only a 1.4.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

For the Price of a standard Golf GTD I got a Leon FR with the same 170 TDi engine DSG and Sat Nav and a few other options. Yes the build quality is not quite as good bit it drives just as well and looks so much sharper and is a less common sight.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Bearings in clutch went after 45,000 miles, problems with the sleeve on the exhaust. nothing major other than that. Not bad for a hot hatch, the lower running costs was one of the deciding factors for choosing this over a focus st.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The car I like very much. What I dislike is the negative attitude of the local dealer and ,following on from that, the length of time-and the number of letters-it took to get ANY action from Customer Service.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

It is quite reliable now but I have had to spend quite a lot on it, new turbo, starting problems etc. It is only averaging 35 mpg which for a diesel isn't very good, as for tax and insurance I can't complain.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2002-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

My leon has covered 90k miles with no problems whatsoever. in my posession I have only had to pay servicing, mot and cambelt. I dont do many miles anymore so I only fill the car every 6 weeks.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Costly fault with electronic stability program control before 30000 miles. otherwise excellent. Reasonable fuel mileage but not as claimed. tyres wear fairly quickly. otherwise very good.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Far better than the laguna that i owned, my seat has never had to go to the garage other than for a service and to repair accident damage, laguna had been in a dozen times by now

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fairly reliable, a few issues with door control modules which are seen by many owners..... seat know it is a problem, but won't stump up the cash. Cheap to run generallly.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Never had any problems been perfect car can not fault the quality and reliability. Proberly average fuel cost for diesel but can not fault cost of running and parts.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No issues, other than general wear n tear. Only have 1 issue faulty air bag light, which seat didn't fix correctly under warranty now they want ł200 to look at it!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Reliability is great, the only drawback is ridiculously excessive condensation in cold weather. Very poor mileage, sloightly offset by little maintenance needed.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The car has been ultra reliable apart from annoying rattles and suspension noise. Due to the price of premium unleaded fuel running costs are quite high.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Lots of electrical faults but all fixed under warranty. Good for the power available, requires 98 ron making it more expensive than diesel in most cases!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have been very pleased with my seat leon cupra. The only fault was a constant knocking i had from the steering rack which took over a year to solve.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
03-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

very reliable, economical, resonable to insure, great seats even on a long drive. tow bar fitted and good for towing. car still looks great.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Lovely looking car although 1.6 petrol engine is a little wheezy and underpowered. But has been reliable and done everything asked of it.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems to report. Pretty good considering I dont drive the most economically. Pretty good could always want a bit more though.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Only major problem was a failed abs servo unit. Road tax ł120 per year. insurance ł400 per year. 500+miles per tank full of fuel.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel

Only had the car for six months but have had no problems. Road tax is ł20 but thought I could get more mph than I do.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Had no problems at all. It's still fairly new so haven't had to buy spares but I think the fuel costs are reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great car to drive, starts first time in cold weather, very light on fuel, it is very thing I want in a small car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Have had electrical faults and water leaking in to back foot wells. Costs a fortune these days. it is diesel.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
03-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I think my car is very good and have only made minor changes to it to make it better for personal preference.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I've not had any concerns/problems other than tyres and windscreens. It's cheaper than my previous car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all. Good on fuel and servicing, tax, and insurance reasonable - depreciation excellent.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent value for money, good build quality with 100k on the clocks, and will easlily see 100k more!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Pratical, quietly good looking, all the benefits of the VW group with Spanish flair for good measure

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No real problems with the car mechanically. My running costs are very good due to the very good mpg.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Small problems and one major failure. Consumption disappointing and nothing like quoted figures.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems since I purchased the car 18 months ago. Did not use main dealer for servicing.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
04-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Great, powerful hot hatch with the reliability and quality of a VW for much less cost

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Had the car less than 4 months and was a mistake from the first day, buying a golf

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Second seat car never had a problem with antyhing. Good for type of car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No reliability issues. Can be a little heavy on fuel at times.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Few problems regularly serviced. Goes a long way on a tank.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Only let down by intrusion of spare wheel in boot.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Seat Leon Cupra best bang for buck car there is

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

It's been ok - not outstanding but not terrible

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Much better than expected, no problems at all.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Reliable, Efficient, Workhorse, comfortable

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Nvever had any problems. Very reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fantastic, some build quality issues

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great Car with a few minor niggles

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

eye catching good value for money

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

very reliable and enjoyable car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Reliable and very efficient.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good. air bag light comes on

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

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Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
52-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

reliable and economical

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

good reliable car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Fit for the job

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I love it :)

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
03-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

First Class

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Excellent

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Average.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5