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Seat has broadened the range of its Leon hatchback and Estate with a range of new trim levels and engine options.

The new Leon, which shares its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia and Audi A3, reached showrooms a few months ago, though with a limited engine and trim range.

Seat has now expanded this with four new grades – including an entry-level SE model, an aggressive-looking FR Sport grade and two top-spec trims, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux.

Despite being the lowest spec model, the SE still comes with keyless start, LED headlights, cruise control and an 8.25-inch media screen with smartphone mirroring capability.

SE Dynamic (already available) then adds a digital cockpit, front and rear parking sensors and a larger 10.25-inch media system, with FR bringing sportier looks thanks to 17-inch alloy wheels, a revised bodykit and lowered suspension.

The new FR Sport grade features 18-inch alloy wheels, a black roof lining and heated front seats. Xcellence takes a more comfortable stance with its 17-inch wheels and microsuede upholstery, with flagship ‘Lux’ models coming with leather upholstery and adaptive cruise control.

A new 108bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine joins the range as the cheapest and most efficient non-diesel option (returning up to 52.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 123g/km), while mild-hybrid technology has been introduced on the 148bhp 1.5-litre petrol engine as well.

The addition of lower trims means the Seat Leon now starts from £19,855 – undercutting all its VW Group stablemates. Order books for the revised range are now open.

Ted Welford

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September 1, 2020

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