Wednesday 13 December 2017

A comfortable cruiser with a big boot -- but road noise can intrude

The Seat Leon Sports Tourer
The Seat Leon Sports Tourer

Declan O'Byrne

THE SEAT Leon Sports Tourer (ST) may follow in the successful footsteps of its siblings but for all its stylish lines it's still not a car that will stand out alone in the crowd.

Despite a significant reduction in weight, it looked sturdy and, as a good drive down the M7 to Limerick proved, it's a comfortable cruiser with a practical and well-finished, if rather, dull cabin.

Seat is targeting the car at the younger driver who wants comfort, style, space and power. The ST has all that in abundance.

Other elements you can have include drowsiness detection, emergency braking, full-beam assist and lane-keeping control.

There was ample room for five adults and the boot has an impressive capacity (up to 1,470 litres with rear seats and backrests folded).

But . . . . while it was a solid, punchy performer on the road, at speed in both wet and even dry conditions it generated too much road and tyre noise. That was especially noticeable in the rear.

The car, Seat claims with justification, successfully marries sportiness with practicality but its biggest attraction is likely to be highly competitive pricing.

Prices, as we reported last week, start from €20,185 ex-works.

Irish Independent

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