Wednesday 13 December 2017

Brimming with VW elan, Seat's estate is great value

ONE TO TURN YOUNG HEADS: the sporty, stylish and practical Seat Leon Sport Tourer
ONE TO TURN YOUNG HEADS: the sporty, stylish and practical Seat Leon Sport Tourer

Martin Brennan

Gone are the days when estate car drivers had to sacrifice style and good driving dynamics for space and practicality. The new Seat Leon Sports Tourer is the latest in the new breed of estates that are both sporty and practical.

The stylish exterior design will attract younger drivers and, once tempted in, it will be hard to ignore the practicality of the layout and a test drive should be on the cards as prices start from a low €20,185.

In its basic version this is the lightest estate car in its class and the design contributes to good fuel economy. The availability of adaptive cruise control with city emergency brake function, adaptive chassis control, drowsiness detection, lane-keeping assistance and progressive steering will be appreciated by those who take their driving seriously. The more practical punters will like the luggage space which can be extended from 587 litres to 2,470 litres.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, Bluetooth, 5" colour screen with 16" alloys, hill hold and cruise control added to the SE version at €22,690.

The engines are well tested frugal VW units. Two 1.2l TSI petrol units with 86 bhp or 105 bhp output options are available and a powerful 1.8l TSI with 180 bhp output is also on offer. The oil-burner brigade have the option of a 1.6l 90 bhp or a 105 bhp and a top of the list 184 bhp unit selling in top FR trim for €29,930.

Seat now offers the best of VW technology and durability and saw an impressive gain in support last year. The arrival of an attractive utility vehicle such as the ST will extend the brand appeal as dealership number grow.

Entry level models offer excellent value for the money.

Irish Independent

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