The fourth-generation Leon exudes confidence, elegance and sportiness, building on the appeal of its predecessor but with a stronger, more purposeful character. The bonnet it slightly longer than before and the headlights are set further back, giving it deeper focus all while maintaining its instantly recognisable shape. Creativity continues through to the rear, emphasised by the new coast-to-coast light strip.
Inside, the interior is the pinnacle of functionality and minimalism. The cabin has been designed to increase comfort, with everything within decluttered, reducing the number of physical buttons to a minimum. Interior light is another important feature of the all-new Leon. It includes a wraparound dashboard light that covers its entire width and continues through the doors. It’s not only an ambient decorative light, but it also provides a number of key functions such as blind spot detection.
The SEAT Leon also features CarX2 connectivity – a cloud-based technology that enables drivers to receive advanced warning on the status of upcoming traffic lights, whether they’re about to turn green or red, or an incident on a motorway further up the road, with traffic information appearing in real-time on screen.
Away from the vehicle, users can remotely access driving data such as miles covered, range, parking position and to lock or unlock doors.
The engines can be mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG (direct shift gearbox) transmission and models that use the DSG automatic transmission now benefit from shift-by-wire technology. This not only enhances efficiency but also offers a more engaging drive.
In FR and FR Sport models, in addition to the driving mode presets – Eco, Normal and Sport – drivers can use a sliding scale of changes to adapt the SEAT Leon to their exact requirements, offering a very wide number of possibilities.
Bringing together predictive Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Emergency Assist 3.0, the SEAT Leon offers optimum protection to all occupants.
To maintain safety and meet legal requirements, the driver must continually monitor the system and their surroundings, keeping at least one hand on the steering wheel. If the vehicle senses that the driver has taken both hands off the wheel for more than 15 seconds, they will receive audible and visual warnings and a braking jolt can be given. If the driver continues to fail to respond, the Emergency Assist 3.0 system can bring the Leon to a complete stop.