Seat has revealed the facelifted Leon, which gets new engines, technology and an additional trim level.

The Leon is the Barcelona-based company’s best-selling model and its bold styling is a key selling point. Therefore, Seat hasn’t changed much on the outside.

The front bumper has undergone some minor revisions, while the grille has been stretched by 40mm with a chunky chrome surround to give the illusion of a bigger car. The headlights, rear lights, fog lights and indicators now feature ‘Full-LED’ technology.

The interior is mostly untouched, but improved sound deadening means that it should be quieter than before.

Under the bonnet there are two new engine options available. The diesel range now includes a 1.6-litre unit making 113bhp, while the new petrol engine is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder powertrain that also makes 113bhp.

There will be five trim levels available, with a new Xcellence trim replacing FR at the top of the range. It’s designed to give the Leon a more upmarket feel and as such it includes the option of Alcantara and leather upholstery, LED interior illumination and keyless go.

On the outside, Xcellence models can be distinguished by their own chrome grille, front and rear bumper designs and rear LED indicators.

Across the range, buyers can option five- or six-speed manual gearboxes, as well as double-clutch DSG automatics with six or seven speeds. There are three body styles available: five-door, SC (three-door ‘sports coupe’) and ST (estate).

The new Seat Leon will hit UK showrooms in February 2017, with pricing and full specifications revealed closer to launch.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

October 20, 2016