Our first car test Seatit almost necessarily had to be the van Leonwhich is so successful in our national market.
That said, despite thinking that Seat, as a brand, needs to clean up and renew its image a little, which is exactly why it is losing ground to Cupra, the truth is that as a van, Leon impresses with its agility, practicality, and quality of interior finishes.
It’s a van that does everything, does everything, always with a smile on its face. Let’s do it by steps?
(Rehearsal) Seat Leon: An incredible van for everyday life
The Seat Leon van is proof that not everything that is good has to be the best at something specific. It’s an amazing van, and actually a better car than many of the rival vans, with better market numbers. (As is the case with the Ford Focus)
Can you imagine a super spacious, well-built car capable of giving you that juice of performance and dynamism, when you really need it. It is, in short, a family car, able to offer a few extra dust!
This was our experience during the test. The Seat Leon wasn’t designed to be fast, but by combining a proven engine with the ever-incredible 7-speed DSG automatic transmission, avoiding being late for work or taking your kids to training, it really is that easy. .
The Seat Leon is available in several engines and trim levels. In our case, for testing purposes, we had the TDI 2.0 version with 150hp and the support of a 7-speed DSG automatic transmission.
A very interesting combination, not because it is extremely powerful, but because the DSG box is able to take advantage of the whole package very well. The van feels agile, comfortable, dynamic, and above all, super comfortable. Being a well-known and tested diesel engine, we also have incredible consumption, even if you have a heavy foot on the accelerator. In my case, since I drove a lot on the highway, I always consumed between 5.5L and 6L.
We have a lot of good lighting, both on the buttons and also all around the cabin.
The driving position is super comfortable, much more than some direct rivals, with the help of a seat capable of adapting to any direction, and surprise you, it even brings lumbar support.
The build quality of the entire interior is very interesting, while being, of course, very Volkswagen. It’s not Audi, BMW or Mercedes quality, but it doesn’t have to be either.
However, we have a defect that is also very common in VW group cars… There are no buttons to control the climate control system. It’s all done from the screen, or via touch-sensitive buttons. I will never like this type of implementation, no matter how good the manufacturer thinks it is. I hate having to walk around looking at the screen, and due to some shake, instead of lowering a degree I go up 3 or 4. It doesn’t make sense, and it’s something that VW needs to stop doing urgently. (VW and all manufacturers look to touch controls as the next best invention after sliced bread).
As for visibility, and comfort during maneuvers, the Seat Leon is very well designed, and has excellent technological assistance, whether through sensors all around or cameras. (They are extras!)
The Seat Leon is a fantastic van that does it all, and does it well. It drives amazingly, it’s well equipped, and it’s a beautiful car. In short, a family car to keep an eye on. (The tailgate is awesome!)
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