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Our Fleet: Seat Leon Ecomotive - March 2011

SEAT
BIK List Price
£18,085
Seat Leon BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Seat Leon BIK Percent
CO2
99g/km
Seat Leon CO2
Combined MPG
74.3
Seat Leon MPG

Review

Do looks play a big role in company car choice? Maybe not for the fleet operator who is more likely to be interested in eyeballing the financials.

But speaking to company car drivers who chose the Seat Leon it transpires that looks were a consideration.

One driver plumped for the Leon over a Golf BlueMotion because they thought it looked more attractive.

“It looked more sporty,” was the verdict.

A quick straw poll on the Leon’s looks saw the word ‘sporty’ cropping up a number of times -no great surprise considering Seat is often thought of as Volkswagen’s sporty brand.

But it appears there is fine line that manufacturers need to tread.

There is such a thing as ‘too sporty’ for some company car drivers.

And luckily the Leon stays on the right side of the line.

“The Leon looks sporty but not overtly sporty,” one driver said. “It’s understated.”

I am inclined to agree. But there is one styling feature I’ve yet to get used to – the rear door handles.

To help give the Leon a coupe appearance the handles have been concealed in the door frames.

I rarely need to open the back doors so I’ve still not adjusted to reaching to the top of the door to open them.

And a Leon company car driver agrees that the door handles have confused some of her passengers. But she thinks it’s a small price to pay for a streamlined look. Looks are not the only thing in the Leon’s favour, though.

With emissions of 99g/km and an official combined mpg of 74.3 (although in the real word this is proving to be in around the 55 mark) the Leon also has the environmental and financial arguments covered.

Driver Notes

Driver appeal
The Leon is sporty and has little styling extras which it makes it stand out in comparison to its rivals
Fuel costs
Being an Ecomotive, I found the Leon competitive when it comes to fuel costs. Especially with extra tools like the advisory gear technology. I am currently running at 64.3 mpg
CO2 emissions
There aren't many cars out there that are below 99g/km and have the Leon's size and sporty appeal.
FN Verdict
A good package that looks great and has so many little extras that it keeps on suprising you.
Top Speed
N/A
Seat Leon Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Seat Leon Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Seat Leon Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £5,975
4 Year 80k : £4,525
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 30.41
4 Year 80k : 28.05

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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