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Seat Leon SC 1.2 TSI SE DSG: Test Drive Review

Date: 20 May 2014

BusinessCar has made plenty of noise about the merits of the current Seat Leon, and this is the first time we've got behind the wheel of the cheapest 1.2-litre TSI petrol-engined variant and one with a DSG automatic gearbox. 

The 1.6-litre TDI diesel model remains in the spotlight for fleets, especially with an 85g/km Econetic version primed to hit showrooms.

Those covering fewer miles would do well to consider this 1.2, though. The SE model tested here is £1700 cheaper than an equivalent 1.6 diesel and still musters an official 58.9mpg and 112g/km. 

Yes, it's only a 1.2-litre engine, but you wouldn't know it on the move. The 105hp turbocharged unit is punchy, with similar performance to a turbodiesel, and sprightlier lower down the rev range, but it's still perfectly competent on the motorway.

The gearbox is as smooth as it usually is in fellow VW products and returns 1.3mpg more and 2g/km less than the manual.


Verdict


The 1.2 Leon is a superb, affordable all-rounder
9/10

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