The new Seat Leon is the third model from the new Seat line-up following Seat Altea and Seat Toledo. It was design with a sense of sporty elegance by Walter de'Silva - the man previously responsible for Alfa Romeo. The design is based on the Seat Salsa Concept and has not changed much since the Seat Leon Prototype shown in Geneva. What at a first glance, due to hidden back door handles, looks like a coupe is in fact a practical, yet full of sporty appeal, five door hatchback. Door mirrors attached directly to the door paneling and windscreen wipers hidden vertically in the A-pillars make the car's looks far from ordinary. Compared to the previous generation the car has grown, it's 131 mm longer and 26 mm wider, making the interior more spacious and improving the ride quality.
Seat Leon's interior design reflects the sporty aspirations of the exterior. The dashboard is simple, consists of clean-cut lines and is tilted slightly towards the driver, the instrument cluster is white with red needles and display. The seats are comfortable and provide good support while cornering. The interior is very spacious, there is plenty of headroom and it shouldn't be a problem for five people to ride comfortably. The boot capacity has been increased to 341 liters compared to the previous generation.
The chassis has been optimized to keep up with the sporty looks of the car. There's an independent front suspension with McPherson struts and an independent, four-arm multilink axle in the back. Thanks to such setup excellent ride comfort as well as advanced handling agility has been achieved. Electrical Power Steering system's assistance varies depending on the speed of the vehicle and the steering wheel angle. Braking system of the new Seat Leon consists of ventilated disk brakes at the front and solid discs at the rear. The car is equipped in a dual-rate braking boost, one allows precise braking and the second assisting the driver when there's need to stop the vehicle very quickly.
Seat Leon is available in both petrol and diesel versions. The entry-level engine is a 1.6 MPI petrol engine developing 102 hp (75 kW) and 148 Nm of torque. The more advanced 2.0 FSI is capable of producing 150 hp and 200 Nm of torque. Turbocharged 2.0 TFSI petrol engine is also available with power output ranging from 185 hp to 240 hp depending on version. Two diesel engines are available. The 1.9 TDI developing 105 hp and 250 Nm torque, and a 2.0 TDI that outputs 140 hp and 320 Nm of peak torque.