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Our Fleet: Seat Leon Ecomotive - August 2010

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

Some diesel engines on test at the Fleet News office this year have been described as ‘a little agricultural’. But our new long termer the Seat Leon Ecomotive SE doesn’t fall into that bracket.

In fact, one passenger commented: “Is this really a diesel?”

Admittedly the person asking wasn’t a motoring journalist or company car driver who has clocked up lots of miles in different cars but it still indicates how quiet the latest 1.6-litre TDH 105bhp diesel engine is.

The Leon also has CO2 emissions in its favour with our long termer in the attractive sub-100g/km bracket.

At this stage its 99g/km emissions only makes it exempt from VED but the tax benefits will increase come April 2012 as the Government lowers the BIK tax bands.

Seat has achieved the Leon’s green credentials thanks to a stop/start system, an energy recovery function and improvements to the aerodynamics, along with low rolling resistance tyres and revised gear ratios.

The official combined mpg figure is on a par with other 99g/km cars at 74.3. Unfortunately after two weeks of driving the Leon I’ve yet to reach anywhere near that mark.

The best figure to date is 52mpg after a 100 mile round trip.

It’s early days for the Leon though and with some more eco-friendly driving and a few more miles on the clock I expect it to improve.

Looks-wise the Leon has some attractive styling features such as cleverly positioned wipers – which Seat calls the ‘vertical park wiper system’ and first appeared on the Altea – and concealed rear door handles which give the Seat a coupe look and add to its sporty appearance.

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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