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Our Fleet Test Drive: Seat Leon X-perience: 6th report

Date: 16 July 2015   |   Author:

Equipment: LED headlights and taillights, automatic wipers and lights, 18in alloys, 7 airbags, 5in colour infotainment screen incorporating satnav with MP3-compatible CD player and DAB radio, rear parking sensors, directional cornering front fog lights, 18in space saver spare wheel
Options: Metallic paint (£530), adaptive cruise control with front assist (£505), rear side airbags (£300), 10-speaker Seat sound system (£255), luggage divider net (£155

I've adopted our long-term Leon, primarily to use it as a load-lugger for a two-week family holiday in France.

Although the Leon ST's huge boot would just about have swallowed everything we may or may not have needed for a fortnight away with a pair of small children, we went conservative and added the Thule roofbox to play safe - and it was handy in terms of keeping sandy beach toys, wet swimming costumes and towels and the pushchair out of the car.

It also meant we could pull the luggage cover across the boot to keep prying eyes away from our bootful of appealing tourist-related luggage at the overnight hotel stops in either direction.

We covered 1300 miles in the two weeks, and the Leon X-perience was comfortable and flawless, although the economy did drop off noticeably when taking advantage of the higher French speed limits and empty roads after we rolled off the pleasing, efficient and comfortable P&O boat that sailed into Calais late on a Friday night.

The boot doubled up nicely a a post-beach changing area for the kids, which explains how we ended up bringing back half of a French beach with us, while the X-perience averaged 38.8mpg in our time away

Mileage     4172 miles
Official consumption   57.6mpg
Our average consumption 38.8mpg
Forecast/actual CPM 64.9p/68.5p
P11D price     £30,030
Model price range (X-perience)      £24,385 - £28,870
Residual value                                             29.1%
Depreciation     £20,440
Fuel cost     £5519
SMR cost     £2543
VED       £220
National Insurance   £2624
CO2 tax (tax)                                129g/km (23%)
BIK 20/40% per month £115/£310
 

Verdict


  • Space
  • Comfort
  • Looks
  • Fuel economy could have been a touch better

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