New Seat Leon MK III First Look

Seat, the Spanish arm of the all-conquering VW Group, has thrown away the rule book when it comes to the third generation Leon, the popular compact expected to hit British roads in the latter part of 2013.

While the pricing (£14,890 to £26,010) is unlikely to change, Seat’s one-car-fits-all philosophy most certainly will. The new Leon will add a three-door and estate version to the Mark II’s five-door standard. Seat will also offer three different body styles – a move prompted by the success of their versatile Ibiza model.

The first two models of the Seat Leon were built on Volkswagen’s Group A platform, sharing components with the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, Audi TT, Audi A3 and Skoda Octa. However, the third Leon is expected to be built on VW’s new MQB platform – the same platform as Audi’s A3. The MQB platform will save 85kg in weight, making the new Leon 52mm shorter, 48mm wider and 4mm higher.

In the UK, it is expected that the Leon MK III will get five petrol and four diesel options. Petrol will include a 1.2 TSI (85bhp or 104bhp), 1.4 TSI (120bhp or 138bhp) and 1.8 TSI (178bhp). Diesels will offer a 1.6 TDI (89bhp or 104bhp) and 2.0 TDI (148bhp or 181bhp). Easy switching to ECO mode will reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

After criticism on the Leon’s austere interior, Seat are promising an improvement in the quality of materials and finish. There’ll be leather trim on the higher spec version and an enhanced multimedia system. There’s a Tiredness Recognition System which detects when a driver is losing concentration and ‘Heading Control’, a lane-keeping assistant which uses electro-mechanical power steering to prevent the driver from crossing over lanes. An integrated camera detects oncoming vehicles and switches headlights from high to low beam, and back after the vehicle passes.

Looking for a Seat Leon of your own? We currently have over 500 Used Seat Leon in stock. Average prices of people advertising the Leon with us over the past years:

  • 2002 – £2,738
  • 2006 – £6,393
  • 2007 – £7,818
  • 2008 – £8,037
  • 2009 – £9,157
  • 2010 – £10,695
  • 2011 – £13,704
  • 2012 – £16,426

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