SEAT are a popular brand in the UK, and are a common sight on our roads. Popular with families, young drivers and businesses alike, SEAT have been known for making stylish, reliable cars that drive well and are great fun.
Another great thing about SEAT is that there are always some great lease deals to be had on their models. But, it can be difficult to know which deal to go for or even if it is worth leasing a SEAT.
In this article, we look at some SEAT lease deals and ask the question, is it worth leasing a SEAT?
Should I lease a SEAT?
Before we begin, we should note that these prices are a guide, they are not specific. They are also subject to change and are as of November 2017. There are many things that can impact lease prices including the length of the contract and even whether the brand has new models out. So we recommend that you contact an independent broker before choosing a lease deal.
If you are looking for a quirky city car, or perhaps you are looking for a first car for your child then you might want to consider the SEAT Mii. Something slightly different from the usual city cars, the SEAT Mii is a stylish, spacious car that is great fun to drive.
There are four trims to choose from, the SE, the Design, the FR and the Cosmopolitan. The SE comes with alloy wheels, electric front windows, air conditioning, and a six-speaker sound system. The Design comes with LED daytime lights and the FR is the more sporty of the trim levels. This comes with a sat-nav, special alloy wheels and uprated suspension. The Cosmopolitan comes with various style upgrades and a bigger engine, as well as two different colours. You can also link your device to the sat-nav using the SEAT Drive Mii phone app which also has phone and media control functions. In the Cosmopolitan, you also get Bluetooth and an SD card slot for music storage.
There are no diesel engines when it comes to the Mii, and there is only a 1.0-litre petrol available. However, this comes in a few guises including a 74bhp engine which achieves 0-62mph in 13.2 seconds. The 59bhp engine claims to do that distance in 14.4 seconds.
In terms of economy, the smallest engine achieves 62.8mpg and emit 105g/km of CO2. The larger engine achieves 60.1mpg and emits 108g/km of CO2. If you want the most economical model then you will want to look at the Ecomotive on the SE trim-level, this emits 96g/km of CO2 and achieves 68.9mpg.
Looking at space, the Mii boasts a 251-litre boot that can be extended to 951-litres if you put the back seats down. This is considerably larger than some of its competitors.
If we’re looking at leasing, then you are looking at some very good deals. For an entry-level model on a Personal Contract Hire you are looking at upwards of £130 a month. On a Business Contract Hire, then you will be looking at upwards of £110 a month. If you are looking for a top of the range model, then you will be looking at upwards of £170 a month on a Personal Contract Hire, and upwards of £140 a month for a Business Contract Hire.
The SEAT Ibiza is one of the most popular SEAT models on the market today, and is popular with city drivers, businesses and small families. It’s hugely efficient, has a stylish design and there is a fair amount of space.
There are three versions of the 1.0-litre petrol engine, coming in 74, 94 and 114bhp guises. There is also a 1.5-litre petrol coming soon. There are a few trim levels to choose from, including the S, SE, SE Technology, the FR and the Xcellence, with a Cupra version expected to follow. Those that opt for the SE Technology trim and above will get an 8-inch infotainment screen with navigation and you can get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as standard on the FR and Xcellence trim. S Models get a black and white 5-inch touchscreen, which is upgraded to colour for SE cars. Other features include a seven-speaker sound system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
All engines promise over 57mpg in terms of running costs, and the two most powerful engines are the most frugal. The most powerful 114bhp unit claims 60.1mpg and claims 108g/km of CO2. The 94bhp unit claims the same mpg but emits less CO2 at 106g/km. The 74bhp achieves 57.6mpg and emits 112g/km of CO2.
In terms of boot size, the Ibiza offers 355 litres of space which then increases when you fold the seats down. There is also a two-stage boot floor to keep things level when you are loading but can also drop lower for maximum capacity.
Now let’s have a look at lease price. For an entry-level model, you will be looking at upwards of £150 a month on a Personal Contract Hire and upwards of £120-£130 for a Business Contract Hire lease. If you are looking for a top of the range model, then you will be looking at upwards of £250 for Personal Contract Hire and upwards of £210 on a Business Contract Hire.
There are several trims to choose from; the S, SE, SE Technology, SE Dynamic Technology, FR Technology, Xcellence Technology and finishing with the range topping Cupra 300 hot hatch.
The range comes with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, apart from the Cupra which comes with a 2.0-litre TSI turbo petrol engine. There is a 1.2 TSI, a 1.0-litre turbo petrol, a 1.4 TSI in two guises and a 1.8 TSI. If you’re looking at diesel engines then you will be looking at either the 1.6 TDI or the 2.0 TDI. If you’re looking for speed, then your choice will naturally be the 2.0 TSI 300 Cupra engine. This reaches 0-62mph in just 5.6 seconds.
However, if you are looking at running costs, then the 2.0 TDI narrowly beats the 1.0 TSI with a mpg of 65.7 compared to 64.2mpg. The most environmentally friendly is the 1.6 TDI which emits just 94g/km of CO² in its ecomotive form.
You can also get the Leon as a three-door coupe and an ST estate. However, we will be looking at the hatchback in this section.
The latest Leon models will benefit from a larger infotainment system as well as wireless phone charging, Traffic sign recognition and Traffic jam assist, as well as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
In terms of space, the Leon has a 38-litre boot which expands to 1,210 litres in the five door when you fold the seats down.
If you were to lease the Leon through your business, then leasing an entry level model will cost you upwards of £140 a month. If you are looking at Personal Contract Hire, then you will be looking at upwards of £170 a month. For the range topping model, then you will be looking at upwards of £250 a month on a Business Contract Hire and upwards of £300 a month on a Personal Contract Hire.
The SEAT Ateca was the first SUV from SEAT and has been a huge success. It has a stylish exterior, it’s great to drive and it is perfect for those that want a bigger car but do not want to compromise on price.
There are five trim levels available, the S, SE, SE Technology, FR and Xcellence. All trim levels come with air conditioning, a touchscreen infotainment system with USB connection and a leather steering wheel.
The SE range adds dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and cruise control. The SE Technology adds sat-nav and a DAB radio. The top trim adds bigger wheels, a reversing camera, heated leather seats and tinted windows.
If you go for the SE trim and upwards, then you get an eight-inch colour touchscreen as standard (the lower level trim gets a 5-inch screen). It also comes with Full Link which adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink capability.
In terms of engines, there are three petrol engines to choose from, the 1.0-litre TSI, the 1.4 EcoTSI and a 2.0-litre TSI but that only comes in the FR trim. Diesel engines include a 1.6-litre TDI or a 2.0-litre TDI. If you want speed, then you will be looking at the range-topping 2.0-litre TDI which can get you from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds. However, if you’re looking at running costs, then you will want to look at the 1.6-litre diesel. This engine claims 65.6mpg and emits just 112g/km of CO2, which is very low for a car of its size.
The Ateca comes with a 510-litre boot when it comes in front-wheel drive form. If you opt for the four-wheel drive then this will drop to 485 litres.
Lease prices are good for the Ateca, and if you were looking to lease an entry level Ateca on a Personal Contract Hire then you are looking at upwards of £185 a month. If you are looking at the entry level on a Business Contract Hire then you are looking at upwards of £155 a month.
For a top of the range model on a Personal Contract Hire then you will be looking at upwards of £350 a month and £290-£300 a month on a Business Contract Hire.
In conclusion, yes, it is worth leasing a SEAT. There are some great deals to be had on SEAT vehicles and there is always a lease deal that is perfect for you and your situation. As we said, these prices are subject to change. Therefore, you should contact an independent vehicle broker who will go through your requirements and discuss your situation, who will then find some of the best deals for you and your situation.
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