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Our Fleet Test Drive: Seat Leon X-perience: 8th report

Date: 26 August 2015   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

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

As Seat's first foray into the four-wheel drive market, the Leon ST X-perience is a precursor to the brand's planned first pukka lower medium SUV, due in 2016 and previewed as the 20V20 concept at this year's Geneva motor show.

But the all-wheel drive Leon estate is likely to remain markedly greener and theoretically more fleet-friendly than its long-awaited SUV sibling. Taking parent company VW's DSG automatic 4x4 Tiguan - pictured below right and a lardy 192kg heavier - as a current benchmark, even with 34hp more the Leon triumphs in CO2 terms at 129g/km versus 150g/km.

And it boasts an official combined consumption tally of 57.6mpg against the VW's 49.6mpg. It even shades the two-wheel-drive Tiguan variant's emission tally by 1g/km and is just over 1mpg more fuel-efficient. Plus, on top of the whole-life cost benefits that come with the above, the ST has more luggage space.

However strongly the Seat wagon's economics might stack up, rugged looks and a higher driving position are likely to militate against the X-perience in the corporate market when the SUV enters a burgeoning sector.

If VW Group's product range strategy remains consistent, the Leon X-perience should continue to play to minority niche audiences that find the car's skill set particularly handy, just as the VW Golf Alltrack, Audi A4 Allroad and Skoda Octavia Scout complement higher-volume SUV counterparts.


Mileage                                                    5236 miles
Official consumption                                   57.6mpg
Our average consumption                 38.8mpg
Forecast/actual CPM            64.9p/68.6p
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
CO2 tax (tax)                                         129g/km (23%)
BIK 20/40% per month                £115/£310


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