SEAT reveals the all-new, sportier Leon

Written by: Simon Pavey, Last updated:11th August 2020

SEAT’s fully-updated, fourth-generation Leon has hit the roads for the first time, with pictures from the company showing the vehicle in the mountains outside Barcelona.


Drivers in the UK will be able to get their hands on the popular car later this spring, but these images offer a good opportunity to check out just what features it boasts compared to its predecessors.


Curvier and more mature


SEAT claims the Leon exudes a “quiet maturity seen in few other vehicles”, which has been achieved through smoother, more flowing surfaces and “the perfect mix of curves and edges”.


Buyers are likely to appreciate the improved aerodynamics on the Leon, which boosts the drag coefficient by around eight per cent and therefore should be significantly better for fuel economy.


The bonnet is also slightly longer than before, which enhances visibility and gives the driver an improved, cockpit-style view on the outside world that’s more comparable to an SUV than a hatchback.


Another jazzed-up feature on the outside is the LED headlights, which are made up of 22 individual LED bulbs that illuminate to 900 lumens and are set back to provide deeper focus.


Inside, connectivity is also better than ever before, with a new infotainment system featuring natural speech recognition, real-time information, a top-of-the-range sat-nav and Car2X preparedness for the reception of hazard information.


Those interested in buying the Leon can choose from petrol (TSI), diesel (TDI), mild hybrid (eTSI) and plug-in hybrid (eHybrid) versions, depending on personal preference.


Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos, director of design at SEAT, said: “Although the all-new SEAT Leon is an evolution in our design language, it still presents itself as a bolder vehicle than the previous generation, keeping hold of the brand’s DNA and the representative attributes of a Leon.”


The Leon is SEAT’s best-selling model and has achieved more than 2.25 million sales since its launch in 1999.


Amy King, SEO and Social Manager at Drivers Club News, comments: “This is a great update for the hugely popular Leon and we’re sure it will prove to be just as much of a hit as the first three generations.”


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