SEAT LEON X-PE­RI­ENCE

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X-pe­ri­ence shares many me­chan­i­cal el­e­ments with its Skoda ri­val, but do the sub­tle dif­fer­ences that the Span­ish brand has made add up to a win­ning recipe? SEAT ’S X-pe­ri­ence takes the Leon ST es­tate and adds an off-road flavour with plas­tic body cladding and more body­work pro­tec­tion, to match the Skoda.

It teams the same 148bhp 2.0 TDI en­gine, six-speed man­ual gear­box and per­ma­nent four-wheel-drive sys­tem as the Scout, to pro­vide plenty of punch and trac­tion with­out sac­ri­fic­ing ef­fi­ciency.

While both cars use the same VW Group MQB un­der­pin­nings, there are a num­ber of sub­tle dif­fer­ences that set the SEAT apart from the Skoda. The ques­tion is, do th­ese en­hance or de­tract from the X-pe­ri­ence ex­pe­ri­ence?

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