Low emis­sions and plenty of space add to Leon’s ap­peal

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

REVVING up, ready to roll into the show­rooms this month is the new Leon ST from the Span­ish SEAT brand which nes­tles com­fort­ably un­der the Volk­swa­gen um­brella.

This third-gen­er­a­tion es­tate has a num­ber of ap­peal­ing as­pects, not least of which is the price which starts at £16,675. Load-lug­ging too is likely to at­tract buy­ers. The more than ad­e­quate 587l boot ex­pands to 1,470lwith the seats down – a ma­noeu­vre read­ily achieved via neat han­dles in the boot – a sim­ple tug drops the seat backs to the floor.

En­gine op­tions in­clude three petrols – 1.2l, 1.4 l and 1.8l – as well as two ver­sions of the 1.6l diesel – a stan­dard 102 bhp and an Eco­mo­tive – plus two 2.0l units.

As al­ways with SEAT/VW, the range of trans­mis­sions of­fered is hard to beat. Five/ six-speed man­u­als and a choice of ei­ther the ex­cel­lent VW six or seven-speed DSG au­to­matic are all on the list.

The Eco­mo­tive ver­sion is also likely to at­tract plenty of in­ter­est be­ing the low­est­emit­ting Leon ever made, with a CO2 rat­ing of 87g/km. Fuel con­sump­tion is of­fi­cially rated at 85mpg com­bined which makes its the­o­ret­i­cal tank range a shade over 940 miles.

Changes over the stan­dard Leon for the Eco­mo­tive in­clude a spe­cially adapted six-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion, the ad­di­tion of low rolling re­sis­tance tyres and op­ti­mised aero­dy­nam­ics, com­pris­ing low­ered sus­pen­sion, closed-off cool­ing aper­tures at the front, ad­di­tional un­der-body pan­els, a roof spoiler, and rear screen side spoil­ers.

Any­one with two min­utes to spare might like to ac­cess the SEAT video which con­denses the en­tire build time of a new Leon ST range into just a cou­ple of min­utes, filmed right at the heart of the Mar­torell pro­duc­tion lines.

Anorak in­for­ma­tion in­cludes the fact that the award-win­ning fac­tory cur­rently pro­duces ten SEAT mod­els on four dif­fer­ent plat­forms, built by 10,000 em­ploy­ees and more than 2,800 ro­bots, at a rate of 2,000 cars per day.

In ad­di­tion, a Leon ST com­prises 5,900 sep­a­rate parts and 1,580 me­tres of cable and takes 19 hours to build from scratch.

OPEN UP: The new SEAT Leon ST es­tate boasts a boot which can eas­ily be ex­panded to 1,470l with the seats down.

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