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SEAT Leon ST - Best estate cars 2017

What the Leon ST lacks in outright boot space it makes up for with handy practical touches, plus it's great to drive

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The SEAT Leon ST is the estate car from the all-conquering Leon range. It was crowned as the best estate car in our 2014 New Car Awards, and offers a blend of stylish looks, a sparkling driving experience, hi-tech kit and family-friendly practicality.

The 587-litre boot isn't the biggest in the class, but it's more than big enough for most family needs and has a suite of useful features. The rear seats can be folded via a handle in the boot, there's hidden storage under the boot floor and a totally flat load bay, even with the rear seats folded. For extra-long loads, the front passenger seat folds flat, too.

In terms of the driving experience, it remains unchanged compared with the standard Leon hatch. The same line-up of eager petrol and diesel power plants is available, with composed and confidence-inspiring handling on offer, even with the longer estate car tail at the rear. The interior is smartly designed and solidly finished, with a comprehensive standard kit list and a range of big-car options available at extra cost.

One of the biggest selling points of the Leon ST is its price. It undercuts its rivals on price by a decent margin, and is backed with strong residuals. Running costs are kept in check with a range of efficient engines, including a 1.6 TDi Ecomotive version, returning an impressive claimed 85.6mpg and company car-friendly CO2 emissions of 87g/km.

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