SEAT Leon review - Reliability & safety
Although the Leon has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, not all of the safety equipment comes as standard
The new SEAT Leon is too new to have appeared in our 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, although the old Leon finished a creditable 31st out of 75 cars. SEAT finished 14th out of 30 on the list of the best car manufacturers, ranking higher than Audi and Volkswagen.
Euro NCAP tested the SEAT Leon in 2020, awarding it a maximum five-star safety rating. The individual scores were impressive. It scored 92% for adult occupant protection and 88% for child occupant protection, with 71% for vulnerable road user protection and 80% for safety assist technologies.
All models get cruise control with speed limiter, a forward-collision warning system for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, lane-keeping assist, ISOFIX anchor points in the back and rear parking sensors.
The Leon is the safest car SEAT has ever built. It features a Safety & Service system as standard, which contacts the emergency services in the event of an accident. If the occupants cannot respond, the car sends details of the car’s position, type of engine, body colour and the number of passengers.
Keyless start is also standard, while some models also feature keyless entry. Also available are blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, auto high beam, dynamic road sign display and even semi-autonomous vehicle control in an emergency.
The SEAT Leon comes with a three-year/60,000 mile warranty, which is standard for this class. This can be extended to four years and 75,000 miles or five years and 90,000 miles. Extended warranties cost extra, but the cover can be transferred to the next owner. Alternatively, rivals from Kia and Hyundai are covered for seven and five years respectively.
A fixed-price servicing plan which covers the cost of the first and second services is available for £400 or 24 monthly payments of £17.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe SEAT Leon offers the tech and driving experience of the VW Golf, but for a lower price
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Leon delivers excellent ride comfort and sharp steering, with excellent pace from the plug-in hybrid model
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsRunning costs are low thanks to efficient engines and a new plug-in hybrid model
- 4Interior, design and technologySharper looks, a stylish interior and a greater emphasis on digital technology
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceWith more room for rear-seat passengers, the Leon is a practical family hatchback, although the luggage capacity could be larger
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingAlthough the Leon has achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating, not all of the safety equipment comes as standard