SEAT Leon ST (2014 -) Review

Review by Debbie Wood on
Last Updated: 02 Sep 2014
4
This is the all-new SEAT Leon ST - and estate version of the popular Leon hatchback. With a good range of the Volkswagen Group’s engines and gearboxes it’s a decent thing to drive, and it’s packed with standard kit too.

SEAT Leon ST (14 on)
  • Efficient engines
  • Good load space
  • Practical storage options
  • Sporty looks
  • Boring interior

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£19,585 - £34,760

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4 out of 5

This is the all-new SEAT Leon ST - and estate version of the popular Leon hatchback.

With a good range of the Volkswagen Group’s engines and gearboxes it’s a decent thing to drive, and it’s packed with standard kit too.

Little of the car’s attractiveness has been lost in the estate transition, but what’s gained is a larger boot: up 207 litres over the five-door hatchback’s cargo bay at 587 litres with the rear seats up. Fold them flat for larger loads and you’ll liberate 1,470 litres of space.

Lighter weight equals greater efficiency

Despite being 27cm longer than the hatchback, the Leon ST is only 45kg heavier. This is thanks to SEAT using lightweight construction methods in the conversion to estate form. This benefits fuel consumption and emission figures, which in most cases are barely worse than the hatchback’s.

Three petrol engines and three diesels

Under the Leon ST’s bonnet is a choice of six turbocharged engines, all of which are familiar from other SEATs. Depending on which motor you go for, it will be available with either five- or six-speed manual gearboxes as well as quick-shifting six- and seven-speed twin clutch DSG automatics.

Petrol fans can choose between the 103bhp 1.2-litre TSI delivering 57.6mpg, and a slightly larger 1.4-litre TSI producing 138bhp yet still offering a fine 53.3mpg.

If you require the greater economy of diesel motoring then a 103bhp 1.6-litre TDI and 147bhp 2.0-litre TDI, the latter managing a claimed 68.9mpg while emitting just 106g/km of CO2, are likely to be popular choices.

Crowning the Leon ST range are the sportier FR models. Exclusive to the range-topping trim are a 177bhp 1.8-litre TSI petrol and an uprated 2.0-litre TDI diesel delivering 181bhp yet still managing a claimed 65.7mpg.

Latest safety technology

Trim levels mirror the existing Leon hatchback, and that means you get a high level of equipment as standard.

You also get the latest safety equipment, with an automatic post-collision braking system, lane departure warning and radar-guided cruise control available as standard dependent on the trim you chose.

Find out more about this new estate car by reading on for our full SEAT Leon ST review.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

5 out of 5

Practicality

4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

4 out of 5

Running costs

5 out of 5

Green credentials

4.5 out of 5

Buying new

4 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 The ST gives good boot space and with the seats down I can carry longer items.  

4 out of 5

Paul Wray ,   17 May 2016    ... read more

 Boot space (altough wasted space beneath spare wheel), sensors.  

4 out of 5

J I ,   17 May 2015    ... read more

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