The quicker models actually handle better, but all models come with the brand’s Drive Profile system. This lets you flick between sporty or comfy.
In terms of the engines, you won’t get the best out of the SEAT Leon Hatchback if you opt for the 1.6-litre diesel. It’s sluggish. On the other side of the coin, it’s dirt cheap to run.
The turbo diesel 2.0-litre engine is much better. It comes alive in either 148 or 181bhp variant, picking up speed with ease. It’s always in the mood for a party, and is great for overtaking slow-moving traffic.
Three petrol’s are also available. We like the 1.4-litre engine the best. It delivers 123bhp, and makes the most sense for families who don’t mind having a bit of fun now and then. Even better, it’s relatively affordable to run with its returns of 54.3mpg.
Of course, that can’t beat the diesels, which all return more than the 60mpg economy.
A more expensive 1.8-litre petrol engine is for enthusiasts only. It can launch you from rest to 62 in 7.5 seconds, and maxes out at 140mph. For families, it feels unnecessary.
The SEAT Leon Hatchback isn’t just about fun. Indeed, SEAT are aiming to make this the best family hatchback on the market right now. To this end, they’ve paid a lot of attention to its cabin. The suspension ensures a cosseted ride, which the comfortable seats enhance.
The dashboard has gone up another level in terms of quality, and can now match the likes of the VW Golf. It’s simple, the buttons are clear, and we love the touchscreen that’s perfectly positioned for the driver. It’s easy to use, too.
Sound insulation has also improved. At motorway speeds, you’ll still struggle to hear exterior noises.
The boot has been made bigger. It now measures 380-litres, which is on par with the Kia Cee’d. It’s high lip makes it a little awkward to use at times, but its rear seats do split 60:40. However, like with the Citroen C4, they can’t be folded flat.
Access is easy, thank to wide opening rear doors, and both leg and headroom are better than before. Four adults can sit in comfort, but five would be pushing things. Interior space on the whole is much improved.
SEAT – £17,500 – £20,400