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Seat Leon FR 1.5 TSI in the test: This is how the more beautiful Golf drives

This is how the more beautiful golf drives

Once again, the Leon is the nicer Golf – and that’s not just because of its looks. AUTO BILD asked the Spaniard for the first test.

EIt doesn’t always have to be an SUV. The Compact class born in 2020 for example, is better and sharper than ever. Most will probably keep their eyes on the top of the class VW Golf, and if you keep something to yourself, you will probably end up in one of the Premium models like Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class or BMW 1 Series. But for those who are concerned with most modern technology or at styling want to take off is the new one Seat Leon a very hot tip.

The new Leon has optically increased in sportiness

Resharpened: The Seat Leon 2020 vintage is a little more aggressive than the predecessor.

Technically, the Leon, like the Golf, is based on the modular transverse modular system from the VW group, optically it does everything differently than its compliant Wolfsburg brother. The Spaniard now looks even sharper than his predecessor: The Headlight slots with jagged Daytime running light angles and the large air intakes in the flat front ensure an extra dynamic appearance – and plenty of overtaking prestige. The fourth Leon generation is up by more than eight centimeters 4.37 meters grown. The differences in width, height, wheelbase and that are hardly measurable Luggage volume of 380 liters. Once again, chief designer Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos did a really good job because the car absolutely has to score in the sales room. The pressure on the Spanish VW branch is great.

Used cars: Seat Leon

With the 1.5 liter turbo gasoline you are well on the way

Seat Leon

Sufficient: As a 1.5 TSI, the Leon has 150 HP and enough steam for 8.5 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h.

Speaking of pressure: the 1.5 liter Turbo gasoline is currently probably the best engine for the 1361 kilograms heavy Leon. With his 150 HP and 250 Nm he accelerates the car in good 8.4 seconds from a standing start to 100 km / h. Given the top speed of 221 km / h it is surprising that the Leon has a hard time starting from 170. However, there is nothing to complain about in the standard consumption of 5.8 liters of super. This is where Leon helps Cylinder deactivation in partial load operation. With his standard sports suspension springs the Leon FR 1.5 TSI quite crisp, the 17 inch wheelset with tires in 225/45 format ensures sufficient residual comfort. That is particularly noteworthy good coordination of the front axle, which allows the Spaniard to turn in more precisely than his predecessor. The rear is also calm in the border area, if you take it brisk.

Useful extras make the Leon expensive in the end

Seat Leon

Expensive: 29,050 euros are due for the Seat Leon 1.5 TSI FR – with a few extras it is 35,000 euros.

There are also good grades for that Seven-speed DSG, which never gives rise to a desire for a manual gearbox. The small selector lever on the center tunnel allows you to enter Sports program switch what the Leon overall again sharpened significantly. But with 150 HP, the Seat is not a sports cannon anyway. Both Driver assistance systems the Leon can draw from the bulky shelf of the Volkswagen Group. There are, among other things, assistants for emergency braking, distance, keeping in lane or a cruise control. Everything optional, of course. And that brings us to the price: the moderately equipped Seat Leon 1.5 TSI FR already costs 29,050 euros. With useful extras such as LED light, charging box for the smartphone, alarm system and driver assistance package, the price rises almost 35,000 euros.

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